Well unfortunately for our boys, they are not quite the caliber of team that gets chosen to play on Christmas Day, so the Thunder will return to action tonight after getting Christmas Day off. The team is traveling to Detroit for the first time since the relocation, and the Pistons likely aren't going to roll over and begin their new history against this OKC team at 0-1.
The Thunder continue to play better of late, but even still, are having a hard time getting to all zeros and earning that big W. The teams last 3 efforts have all been really competitive for the Thunder against good teams, save for maybe against struggling Toronto, but the Thunder did pull the W in that one. The other two however, were against one of the leagues best teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and on Tuesday, the Atlanta Hawks. In both games the Thunder stayed competitive throughout and just let the opposing team slip away during the 4th quarter.
If the Thunder are to get a win tonight, they are going to need to outrebound the Pistons. If they can't beat them on the boards, they won't be able to win this game. The other key is going to be the Thunder shooting percentage, as the Pistons defense tends to force a lot of missed shots. So if we can dominate the boards on the defensive end, and get the ball in the hoop on the offensive end consistantly, they will definitely put themselves in position to take a win on the road.
Tipoff: 7pm Local Time.