NBA

more stats

NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, April 16th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Pistons (29-52) at Oklahoma City Thunder (58-23), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will once again try to wrap up the second seed in the Western Conference Wednesday when they close out the regular season at home against the Detroit Pistons.

Oklahoma City needs either a win on Wednesday, or a Los Angeles Clippers road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers to secure the No. 2 seed out West. The opponent of the second-ranked team is still unknown, but it will be the loser of Wednesday's Memphis Grizzlies/Dallas Mavericks game.

OKC has had a chance to clinch that No. 2 seed before, but it is on a two-game losing streak.

The Thunder fell in Indianapolis to the Pacers on Sunday afternoon, then lost in the Big Easy to the New Orleans Pelicans, 101-89, Monday night.

Oklahoma City had no answer for Tyreke Evans, who stuffed the stat sheet, pouring in 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Evans shot 14-of-26 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free-throw line for New Orleans, which had lost eight straight games and played without six of its top seven scorers this season.

"I'm not making any excuses, they just beat us," said Kevin Durant. "They got whatever they wanted at the offensive end, and it felt like we were just out of it."

Durant and Serge Ibaka scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, in the setback, while the other three Thunder starters combined for just eight points on 3- for-17 shooting. With the playoffs approaching, Russell Westbrook took the game off to rest his surgically repaired knee.

The Thunder may have squandered two chances at claiming the second seed, but they have great history against Wednesday's opponent. They have won nine straight versus the Pistons, who have never won in Oklahoma City since the franchise moved from Seattle prior to the 2008-09 season.

Detroit has lost three in a row to close out this hideous season. The Pistons had playoff aspirations after signing Josh Smith as a free agent in the offseason, but all this season brought was the firing of Maurice Cheeks midway through and, on Monday, the resignation of Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations.

The Pistons fell to the Toronto Raptors, 116-107, at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.

Greg Monroe netted 23 points and had 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey totaled 18 points, Brandon Jennings scored 17 with seven assists and Kyle Singler chipped in 14 points in defeat.

"We had no rhythm early on and we didn't guard," Pistons head coach John Loyer said.

04/16 10:29:26 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
7:30pm Tonight
CAR
TAM
7:00pm Tonight
IND
TOR
7:30pm Tonight
DET
CLE
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
MIL
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
WAS
7:00pm Tonight
AKR
BST
 
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
CMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
VCU
GWU
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
UMO
 
7:00pm Tonight
MICH
NEB
7:00pm Tonight
BGU
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
EMICH
OHIO
 
7:00pm Tonight
VT
PITT
7:00pm Tonight
LAS
STJOE
7:00pm Tonight
TULA
TULSA
7:00pm Tonight
UGA
VANDY
7:00pm Tonight
KYST
WVU
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
WMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
GEOR
XAV
8:00pm Tonight
EVAN
INDST
 
8:00pm Tonight
ORU
TABOR
 
9:00pm Tonight
OKST
BAY
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ALA
UF
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
TENN
9:00pm Tonight
AUB
TEXAM
9:00pm Tonight
UTST
WYO
9:05pm Tonight
SDST
FRES
10:00pm Tonight
CALST
SDCHR
 
10:00pm Tonight
NEV
UNLV
11:00pm Tonight
BSU
COLST
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
ARI
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
NYR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
WIN
7:30pm Tonight
MON
DAL
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
DET
7:30pm Tonight
CAR
TAM
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
COL
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
BUF
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
MIN
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
ANA