Detroit looked like the clear favorite to win a summer league matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, then Reggie Jackson went ballistic in the fourth. Jackson singlehandedly won the game in the final quarter for the Thunder, as they defeated Detroit 79-75, outscoring the Pistons 36-21.
Jackson set an Orlando Summer League record scoring 35 points in the game, scoring at will in the fourth quarter.
Andre Drummond struggled on Tuesday, compared to his last outing against the Nets. Drummond scored 12 points, grabbed 11 boards, and shot 60% from the field against the Thunder, but it wasn’t enough.
A bright spot for Detroit was the play of the starting backcourt of Peyton Siva and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP finally got out of his shooting slump on Tuesday, as he finished with a total of 19 points for the game, second to Reggie Jackson (35). KCP at one point in the game, scored 11 straight points for Detroit in a variety of ways. He had a thunderous dunk in transition, a couple of three balls, and a jumper plus the foul in that stretch of the third. He showed Detroit fans the potential he has.
As for Siva, he had what might have been his best game in Orlando. He was very aggressive on the offensive end, and did not shy away from shooting like he had in the previous games. Siva finished with 12 points and 7 assists that included a pair of triples in the first half. Siva’s hard work, and hustle will most likely land him on the Pistons roster for the 2013-2014 season. That leaves free agent shooting guard Kim English as the odd man out.
Even though Detroit lost, a lot of bright spots presented themselves throughout the game. KCP finally found his shot, Drummond continued his strong play, and Peyton Siva is starting to look like a third string point guard for the Pistons.
The Pistons face off against the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat on Thursday at 1:00 P.M. ET on NBA TV.
- Center Viacheslav Kravtsov sat Tuesday aginst the Thunder due to a pulled groin. The injury does not seem serious, and the Pistons expect to see Slava play later in Orlando.
– Small Forward Khris Middleton sat Tuesday due to a mild ankle sprain that occurred on Monday against Boston. Middleton is expected to play before Detroit leaves Orlando.