Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder faces winless Detroit
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Pistons will eventually win — he just doesn't want it to be Monday.
The Thunder (5-2) faces a different kind of pressure in Monday's 6:30 p.m. contest on the road against the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons (0-7) have yet to win this season and will be playing only their second home game.
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Monday's game closes out the season series between the teams and comes just three days after OKC defeated Detroit 105-94 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“It's definitely easier on our scouting and our coaches because we know what they've done,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We're not going out there and saying: ‘They're having a rough start. We're going to give them the game.'
“They're NBA players. It's an NBA team. They're going to be focused. They're going to want to win a game and eventually they're going to. We're going to go in there and try to play the best basketball we can and do it on a back-to-back.”
The Thunder's next home game is Wednesday night against Memphis, which manhandled the world champion Miami Heat 104-86 on Sunday night in Memphis.
As a player and coach, Byron Scott has been linked with some of the greatest point guards in the history of the game.
* From 1979-82 at Arizona State, he was backcourt mates with Lafayette “Fat” Lever, who went on to become a two-time NBA All-Star.
* From 1983-91 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott was teammates with the greatest to ever run the point in Magic Johnson.
* From 2001-03 as coach of the New Jersey Nets, Scott had Jason Kidd at point guard en route to winning two straight Eastern Conference titles.
* From 2005-09 as coach of the New Orleans Hornets, Scott enjoyed the services of Rookie of the Year Chris Paul, who helped Scott capture the 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year honor.
* Now as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott is reaping the benefits of reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
“I have no idea,” Scott said before Sunday night's 106-91 loss to the Thunder. “The Lord's blessed me being around them, playing with them and coaching them. That's all I can say. It's just kind of the luck of the draw. … It's a blessing.”
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