3 takeaways from the Detroit Pistons 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Thon Maker #7 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons were shorthanded in their 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and have now lost seven of their last ten games.

The Andre Drummond era is officially over for the Detroit Pistons, and a new one has begun. After being dealt to the Cavaliers during Thursday’s trade deadline, the torch as officially been passed to both Christian Wood and Thon Maker.

Tonight in Oklahoma City, they did not disappoint. Maker, who has often been a large recipient of criticism from fans played arguably his best game as a Piston. Though he was held to just 3 points in the second half, his offensive production was paramount through the first two quarters.

He ended the game with 19 points and 7 rebounds on 58 percent shooting and shot 40 percent from three-point range.

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Wood on the other hand, carried his dominance through the full 35 minutes he played tonight. He scored 27 points, secured 12 rebounds, and dished 5 assists. He did this on 55 percent shooting including 50 percent from three-point range.

The duo’s prowess on the boards was exciting. It was encouraging to see their tenacity and aggressiveness as soon as the ball left the cylinder.

The only issue was how they preformed defensively. Wood’s main focus was defending Danilo Gallinari, and Maker was tasked with slowing down Steven Adams. (Though Wood also spent some time on him)

Adams and Gallinari combined for 41 points,17 rebounds and 7 assists. They shot 48 percent from the field, and while Adams was the main force between the two, Wood often found himself late to close outs on Gallinari along the perimeter.

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