OKLAHOMA CITY – Nothing that happened in the season finale could salvage the Pistons’ present, but the way it went down in Oklahoma City sure makes their future look that much more intriguing.

The two youngest Pistons, Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, saw to that.

After suffering back-to-back defeats, the Oklahoma City Thunder only have one more chance to get right before the playoffs.

Fortunately for them, the lowly Detroit Pistons are coming to town.
The Thunder go for a 10th consecutive win over the Pistons in Wednesday night's regular-season finale.

Oklahoma City (58-23) returns home following a winless two-game road swing, falling 102-97 at Indiana on Sunday and 101-89 at New Orleans on Monday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, April 15, 2014 –– The NBA Development League today announced that SSJ Group, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Springfield Armor and relocated it to Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 2014-15 season, when the team will be singly-affiliated with the Detroit Pistons. The announcement was made at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids in front of a large contingent of local basketball fans, including coaches, athletes and others from the Grand Rapids metro area.

The Pistons lost to Toronto by nine points in their regular-season home finale. They attempted 48 free throws, 13 more than the Raptors. When you get 13 more chances for easy points, you should win 9 of 10 times. Except the Pistons outscored Toronto at the line by all of three points.

Which is, of course, the value of one 3-point shot – of which Toronto sunk four more than the Pistons in only three more attempts.

A team of genius engineers gathered once to figure out the most economical way to fit a fleet of semi trucks 16 feet off the ground under a bridge with a clearance of 15 feet 11 inches. In the end, a kid on a bicycle rode up and suggested they let just enough air out of the tires to slide under.

Sometimes, it just takes a fresh perspective.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that Joe Dumars will step aside as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately. The team has launched a search for a new head of basketball operations.

“Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.”