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.
By John Rohde Published: November 11, 2012

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.

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.

SCOTT BLESSED

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.

Scott's secret?

“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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