There was a big negative cloud hanging over the Detroit Pistons this week, but that was somewhat lifted by a win over the OKC Thunder, their second of the preseason.
There was plenty to like in the game, mostly that Cade Cunningham and Jalen Duren were back on the floor and that Monty Williams may have unlocked some lineups that were effective on both ends.
Coach Williams started the game with Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes and Ausar Thompson to go along with his two bigs (Stewart and Duren) and the three had the ball moving, created open shots and were disruptive defensively.
They did have a long scoring drought in the second quarter that shows the concerns over this lineup, but there was also a lot to like.
It will be interesting to see if any of these guys are on the floor for the Pistons’ final preseason tune-up against Dallas and whether they can build on the positive momentum heading into the regular season.
How to watch Pistons vs. Mavericks
The Pistons will hit the road again for the second game of a back-to-back. Can we just take a moment to recognize how asinine this preseason schedule has been? The Pistons had only one home game, had to fly to Canada, had a week between games and then finish with a back-to-back. Does the NBA hate Detroit?
Anyway, you can watch tonight’s 8:00 PM ET tip-off in Dallas on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM The Ticket. If you are out of the region you can stream the game on NBA League Pass or try a free trial on FUBOtv.
Pistons vs. Mavericks injury update
Detroit will still be without Isaiah Livers, who will remain out for at least another month. Monty Williams has already ruled veterans Bojan Bogdanovic and Monte Morris out for the final preseason game as well, which means they will have missed the entire preseason.
Everyone else appears to be good to go, though we could see the starters play limited minutes considering the context of a freaking preseason back-to-back.
Luka Doncic and Jaden Hardy will be out for the Mavericks and Josh Green, Seth Curry and Markieff Morris are listed as day-to-day, so we will see plenty of both benches tonight in Texas.