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Detroit Pistons aim to snap four-game losing streak to Trail Blazers, three-game skid in Portland

Essentials

Date: Nov. 9, 2010

Time: 10 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 2-5

Trail Blazers: 5-3

Probable starters

Detroit:

Trail Blazers:

  • Andre Miller
  • Brandon Roy
  • Nikolas Batum
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Marcus Camby

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +10

Over/under: 191

Score: Trail Blazers win, 100.5-90.5

Three things to watch

1. Brandon Roy’s health

Brandon Roy will play limited minutes tonight, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian. If Roy is limited, that’s obviously a plus for the Pistons. Roy’s issue isn’t exactly clear, but it appears to be conditioning-related.

If he guards Richard Hamilton, Hamilton should run him off screen after screen. If he guards Tayshaun Prince, Prince should post him up.

The latter matchup will have immediate dividends. The former will pay off if Roy is gassed at the end of the game.

2. The Ben Wallace-Marcus Camby matchup

Maybe most of you aren’t intrigued by this, but I am. I love defense, and these are two defensive experts. Both are past their physical peaks, but they’re crafty enough to get the job done.

3. Road struggles

Winning on the road is very difficult for bad teams. The Pistons are 0-3 away from The Palace this season. The Pistons previous two victories said they weren’t imploding. A win tonight would say they might be OK.

Pregame reading

6 Comments

  • Nov 9, 20109:24 pm
    by Regan

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    I don’t believe that the Camby – Wallace matchup will be that great. Camby is easily superior to Big Ben at this point.
     
    Big Ben is hardly a good defensive player. He’s a solid team defender, but he is killed by pretty much everyone one-on-one in the low post. He’s pretty much just a rebounder at this point. And he’s only fighting CV or Daye for D rebounds. SO his stats are probably inflated.

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  • Nov 9, 201010:03 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @Regan:
    Craziness. Wallace has changed his game quite a bit these last two years. He’s become a pretty good one-on-one defender, he understands positioning better than most and the most impressive thing about him is he’s basically the only dude who is a defensive presence up front, so there’s a lot of pressure on him each game. He’s not the force he was in the mid 2000s, but he’s still really good defensively.

  • Nov 9, 201010:48 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    Rip looks poor tonight. Ben Gordon needs to start. Will bynum is being completely outplayed by this kid Johnson. And T-Mac looks slow. Crafty – but very slow.

  • Nov 9, 201011:16 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    aldridge was tough on ben tonight in the first quarter. monroe is playing poorly in the second. Not finishing, not rebounding, playing ok defense but being called for rookie fouls. CV had an active body tonight. It would help alot if anybody on the Pistons blocked out. Portland is a good offensive rebounding team and the only player on the Pistons who boxes out every play is Austin Daye.

  • Nov 9, 201011:36 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Haha. You never miss a chance to praise Daye for anything minor.
    “He tried really hard to not get smashed on the boards tonight and he lined up his thin beard really nicely before the game.”

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