Pistons' Andre Drummond fueled by poetry, youth boxing in Detroit -- Detroit Free Press
If Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond needed any extra fight and inspiration for tonight's game against Oklahoma City, he found it Monday at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.
Drummond was fueled by poetry and the steady rap of boxing gloves as more than 50 boys and girls listened to him read to them and in turn have him watch them in the ring.
"It felt great," Drummond said. "I've never read poetry out loud in my life. I had fun doing it. It was a great deal for all."
Drummond stressed the message of literacy to his young audience.
"Pick up a book, try and read a couple pages, a couple chapters a day at least," Drummond said. "No matter what sports you are involved in."
'Unreal' Russell Westbrook making triple-doubles look routine -- ESPN's Royce Young
The Thunder easily beat the Raptors Monday night and have won eight straight coming into the contest with the Pistons at The Palace Tuesday.
The good guys better be ready.
Confidence is dripping off the Thunder right now, as evidenced by the 48 minutes of swagger they dropped on the Raptors on Monday. They didn't just beat the East's No. 2 team. They pummeled Toronto. There was no answer for Durant, who had 34 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. And there sure wasn't an answer for Westbrook, whose perpetual war on the box score continued.
Maybe we should've seen it coming. At Monday's shootaround, Westbrook was asked about Toronto coach Dwane Casey saying the Raptors needed to "build a wall" and send two guys at him.
"Well, you better get a third one," Westbrook said.
There was an awkward pause, as everyone seemed to expect Westbrook to say something like, "But seriously ... " and continue. Instead, Westbrook let out a wry smile, clearly pleased with his answer, and left it there.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK ABSURDITY
There was this absurd play during the fourth quarter in Toronto where Westbrook does a very Westbrook-esque thing.
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Preview: Thunder to examine Reggie Jackson's sizzling Pistons -- Welcome To Loud City
Cameron Payne was in a boot prior to last night's game in Toronto, and only played 3 minutes. Payne will likely get limited minutes again tonight, leaving the Thunder to rely on their wings to run the point guard position. I'm hoping that Kanter will get ample opportunities without a point guard in the game. There was good news out of Toronto, though. Dion Waiters was an efficient 3 of 4 beyond the arc, and Anthony Morrow hit a three while playing spot minutes. If those guys are hitting, it's really hard for the Thunder offense to be stopped.
In that Raptors game Monday Kyle Singler played 12 minutes, finishing with a rebound and an assist.
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Enjoy the ball game.