Thunder Will Try To Keep It Rolling In MoTown
By Randy Renner
The Thunder roll into Detroit having won three of their last four games and as the team continues to get used to playing with a healthy roster the Detroit Pistons provide another chance to keep adding wins.
The Pistons have struggled all season (3-17) and have dropped 11 straight. Of course you'll remember one of those three wins came earlier in the season inside The Peake when Brandon Jennings went off for 29 points.
Jennings has been cold as ice lately though averaging 6.3 points on 4-of-31 shooting (12.9 percent) in his first three games this month. He was 0-for-11 while scoring one point in a 109-102 overtime loss in Boston on Wednesday.
That was a game where the Thunder were scuffling around without their superstars and without several role players too. Things are different now. Russell Westbrook is back and averaging 26.7 points since his return.
Kevin Durant will make his third start since returning. He scored 27 points in his first game back but just 10 the other night in Philadelphia on 3-for-11 shooting, his lowest scoring total since April, 2009.
You figure KD will continue to get better as he knocks the rust off of seven weeks without competitive basketball.
A bright spot the Thunder might not have been expecting as recently as four games ago is shining bright now. Jeremy Lamb played just 11 minutes against the Golden State Warriors two weeks ago and missed all six of his shots. Since then he has been on fire, hitting 21 of his 27 shots overall and 10 of his last 12 threes. He's now shooting 45 percent overall and 43 percent from beyond the arc.
With Lamb, consistency has been the biggest issue on offense and not playing defense very well, or sometimes not at all, has been the problem on the other end.
But now his defense has been as good as it's ever been those last four games and his shot has been falling and so his confidence has been soaring these last games.
Keep that going and maybe the Thunder will finally have what GM Sam Presti thought it would when he brought Lamb here in the James Harden trade.
Remember it's an early tipoff tonight, 5 o'clock Oklahoma time, you can see it on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
The Thunder will be back at The Peake Tuesday night to host the Milwaukee Bucks.