Pistons play finale in OKC

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (29-52) at Oklahoma City Thunder (58-23)
  • Date: April 16, 2014
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Game 82 folks.

This failed Detroit Pistons season ends tonight. All the free-agency plans from last season have led to…the lottery. The franchise will have to rebuild once more and try to field a competitive team this summer.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Before any of this takes place, there’s the OKC Thunder to deal with.

It appears as though the league will crown Kevin Durant as the league MVP at some point during the spring, and it will be a well-deserved award. Over the course of the year, KD has averaged 31.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 50.4 percent shooting from the floor and 39.3 percent from long range.

The ridiculous efficiency prompted a post where yours truly openly wondered whether Durant is the greatest perimeter scorer since Michael Jordan. Durant is certainly in that stratosphere as he gets ready to secure his fourth scoring title in seven seasons.

For those worried that head coach Scott Brooks might rest his superstar tonight, it appears as though it won’t be the case per ESPN.com. The Thunder want the No. 2 seed, and a victory tonight clinches it.

In the event OKC were to lose, and that the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, LAC would get the second seed by virtue of a superior conference record.

Doc Rivers has already announced his plans to sit Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick in the finale, which gives OKC the inside track. Still, the Thunder’s best shot is to determine their own fate with a win.

Hence, we should get a good game tonight.

Enjoy 82.

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