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Thunder Summer Game Day #1: vs. Detroit Pistons

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Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0, 0 points) vs. Detroit Pistons (0-0, 0 points)
Saturday, July 1 :: 4:00 p.m. CST :: Amway Center — Orlando, Fla.

Thunder Summer Game Day #1: vs. Detroit Pistonsvs. Thunder Digest

TV: NBATV
Online Streamhere.
Radio: none.
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 9½-point favorite. O/U is 227½
Notes: Thunder: here | Pistons: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City will bring out 14 players, five with real NBA experience in hopes of a chance at a Summer League victory.
  • Each win is worth four points. Each quarter win is worth 1 point, a tie of a quarter, each team receives 0.5 points.  A winning team can win at the most eight points a game if they play their cards right. The most a losing team can get is three points.
  • REMINDER: Summer League does not mean anything. Just glorified scrimmages that are on TV for fans to watch.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • The games are available online at NBA.com. On the NBA Gametime App or on your TV on NBATV.

NBA INFLUENCE

  • Oklahoma City will trot out some real nba talent this summer league.
  • Semaj Christon, Markel Brown, Josh Huestis, and Marcus Thornton all have spent time with NBA teams in their careers.
  • Only Christon and Huestis are under contract with the Thunder.
  • Brown played at Oklahoma State and with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Thornton has been to multiple training camps but have not stuck.

SCOUTING THE PISTONS

  • Detroit has played in the OPSL every summer since 2012.
  • Luke Kennard, the Pistons first round draft pick is expected to suit up this weekend.
  • Henry Ellenson, a second year player will suit up for his second summer with Detroit.
  • Hollis Thompson and Dez Wells have both been in training camp and played with the Oklahoma City Blue.
  • Five players, led by Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, will suit up for Detroit.
  • Pierre Jackson is the most famous name on the list. He’ll lace it up for another opportunity at the NBA.

NO DOMAS

  • Domantas Sabonis was scheduled to be on the roster before yesterday’s trade.
  • Sabonis and Victor Oladipo were traded to Indiana for Paul George.

INJURY REPORT

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City is off on Sunday, which has become a bit of a regular thing.
  • The Thunder will play the New York Knicks at 12 p.m. on Monday.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Ferguson

How does Oklahoma City’s only draft selection respond against real NBA talent? He spent the entire last season over in Australia but those Aussies don’t stand a match for NBA level talent.

Play with poise

While high scoring blow ups are cool and all. This is about the fundamentals. How does Dakari Johnson work on the block. Is he as slow as the scouting report says? Is Semaj Christon working on developing his shot? These are things we need to watch for.

I’m Blue, if I was green I would die

A handful of Oklahoma City Blue players are in this game. Oklahoma City is getting ready to try and figure out how to handle all of these names over at the Cox Center. The Blue could be building their roster as we speak.

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