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Rodney Stuckey to return against shot-limiting Trail Blazers

Essentials

  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Jan. 21, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 3-13
  • Trail Blazers: 9-6

Probable starters

Pistons:

Trail Blazers:

  • Raymond Felton
  • Wesley Matthews
  • Gerald Wallace
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Marcus Camby

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7

Over/under: 179

Score: Trail Blazers win, 93-86

Three things to watch

1. The streak

The Trail Blazers have beaten the Pistons six straight games. This obviously makes sense, because in the last three years, the Trail Blazers have been a good team and the Pistons have been a bad team. Neither facct has changed.

2. Rodney Stuckey’s favorable matchup – at least compared to Detroit’s other perimeter scorers

The Trail Blazers force a lot of turnovers, rebound defensively well and send their opponents to the free-throw line often. That means they don’t allow many field-goal attempts, which presents a problem for Detroit’s jump shooters who rely on being in a rhythm.

Rodney Stuckeywho will play, according to David Mayo of MLive.com – could benefit. His drives and ability to get the line aren’t as predicated on rhythm.

3. Greg Monroe vs. LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a rookie, and he he raised those numbers to 17.8 and 7.6 in his second year. Greg Monroe has made a similar jump – 9.4 and 7.5 to 15.7 and 9.6 – from year one to year two.

Seeing these two go head-to-head will show both what Monroe’s future might look like and how far Monroe has to go.

21 Comments

  • Jan 21, 20126:57 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    Wow, Vegas believes the Pistons will score 86 against a team that has legitimate shot blockers?

  • Jan 21, 20127:07 pm
    by frankie d

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    stuckey will have a tough time with matthews, a guy who can physically match him.  he’s not as athletic as stuckey, but he is about the same size.  stuckey won’t have his typical physical advantage.
    aldridge is more athletic than monroe and that will give monroe trouble.  he is exactly the type of defender who bothers monroe.

  • Jan 21, 20127:08 pm
    by frankie d

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    poor tay.  he better buy some health insurance for tonight’s game.

  • Jan 21, 20127:39 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    No Gordon tonight so we might have a chance to win. Daye should get a lot of burn so he better make the most of it.

  • Jan 21, 20128:00 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    I see Nate McMillan is on the Joe Dumars diet

    • Jan 22, 20123:42 am
      by frankie d

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      that is cold.  coach nate may have gained a few pounds, but he’s nowhere near joe d territory.
      he just looks like it because his face has always been round and full.

  • Jan 21, 20128:07 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Walker D. Russell is making a run at Will Bynum’s job.

    • Jan 22, 20124:03 pm
      by frankie d

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      russelll is the t-mac of this season.  he is a player who can play as a true point guard.  since chauncey left, that is something we have rarely seen.  no one – not stuckey, not bynum, not gordon – else has that kind of skill.
      no matter what joe d has been trying to sell fans the last few years, teams need that kind of player, and everytime we have on on the team, his play is like a revalation.  
      what was astounding to this fan, this year, was that jo appeared prepared to go back to the stuckey-as-point-guard experiment that had been revealed by t-mac’s play last year.  after watching t-mac and how much better the team ran with him at the point, i fully expected that joe had given up on making stuckey his point guard.   i guess not.

  • Jan 21, 20128:09 pm
    by Dynamizer

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    Stuckey looks pretty healthy out there

  • Jan 21, 20128:10 pm
    by Max

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    I like Russell.

  • Jan 21, 20128:13 pm
    by Max

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    Good Russell D, Jonas block, Russell slaps Jonas five.    I really hope Gordon doesn’t start anymore.

  • Jan 21, 20128:18 pm
    by Max

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    I haven’t looked at numbers but Stuckey looks a lot more comfortable shooting 3s this year in general to me.

  • Jan 21, 20128:20 pm
    by Max

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    Russell is making a case for taking everyone’s job!

    • Jan 21, 20128:22 pm
      by Dynamizer

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      I really like him so far

  • Jan 21, 20128:36 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    The team looks great without BG and CV. I say we amnesty half of each of them and then slap the left overs from each of them together. Oh wait would that make them even worse defensively??

  • Jan 21, 20128:39 pm
    by Shane

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    I think we all know now for sure what our best backcourt looks like (Knight & Stuckey). Russell is a beast though

  • Jan 21, 20128:40 pm
    by Josh

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    Pistons with 54 first half points, shooting above 50 from the field. Prince and Stuck leading the team in scoring. Oh, and were up 11. What sorcery is this?

  • Jan 21, 20128:44 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Welp, Rodney Stuckey just ended the long nightmare that is Ben Gordon in the starting lineup. “It’s ova.”

    • Jan 21, 20129:07 pm
      by gmehl1977

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      Stuckey is en fuego

  • Jan 21, 20129:32 pm
    by Fennis

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    I really believe we could be a playoff team if we had legitimate starter at PF.

  • Jan 21, 201210:34 pm
    by gordbrown

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    Don’t look now but … Pistons are .500 when Stuckey starts and finishes the game. If I had any ambition I’d check the records of the teams they’ve played to get a sense of the magnitude, but I can tell you right now, the teams in those six games have a much better record than the the rest of the schedule. Hopefully, Rodney will not have any ill effects. On the other hand, maybe its worthwhile to have him sit out the first part of back-to-backs more often.

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