NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 18th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (11-14) at Oklahoma City Thunder (12-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons hope to wrap up a three-game road trip on a positive note, as they pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at the Ford Center.
Detroit has lost the first two tests of the road swing following a season-high five-game winning streak, and fell to 3-10 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills after Wednesday's 95-87 setback at New Orleans. Rodney Stuckey registered a team-high 26 points and Charlie Villanueva chipped in 18 points and eight boards for Detroit, which got 13 points from Chucky Atkins.
"It's very frustrating, we came out as a very aggressive team, we got stops we moved the ball, guys made nice baskets," Villanueva said. "We played like a team that first half; the second half we gave them a little bit of breathing room and we just collapsed offensively."
In injury news for the Pistons, guards Ben Gordon (ankle) and Richard Hamilton (hamstring) are both questionable against the Thunder.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City will try to stop a three-game slide tonight versus the Pistons, and is coming off Wednesday's 100-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in which Russell Westbrook had a team-best 16 points to go along with six boards and five assists.
Jeff Green finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kevin Durant and James Harden had 12 points apiece. Durant struggled in a 4-for-18 performance from the field.
"We could have been more aggressive attacking," said Durant, whose team fell to 6-7 at home. "I think we got good looks, but there were some layups we missed and they blocked some shots."
Oklahoma City defeated Detroit, 91-83, on October 30 this season and has won the past two meetings between the teams.
12/18 10:40:49 ET