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Point guard battle: Damian Lillard Vs. Brandon Knight

Essentials

  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (6-7) at Detroit Pistons (3-11)
  • Date: November 26, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSN

What to look for

The Portland Trail Blazers revolve their entire offense around the exploits of LaMarcus Aldridge; and it’s quite understandable why. The Texas product is a beast on the low block and has a deadly mid-range jump shot that forces opposing big men to come out and defend him on the perimeter where he just always seems to have the advantage.

Mind you, the former All-Star missed the Blazers’ last game due to back troubles and thus his status leading up to game time is uncertain.

This invariably shines the spotlight right onto Portland’s star in the making: Damian Lillard.

Although the comparison isn’t necessarily a perfect one, Lillard is slightly reminiscent of former Blazer guard Damon Stoudamire. Indeed, he plays with supreme confidence against opposing guards, puts the ball on the floor to challenge defenders and loves getting into the lane to finish at the rim or simply fire away from long-range (3-point range or long 2-point shots) either in the pick-and-roll or when he’s decided that he is going to take on his defender one-on-one.

As good as the Weber State product is though, he is somewhat predictable. When looking at his shot locations chart, one thing is abundantly clear: he has little to no mid-range game. Indeed, 87 percent of his field goal attempts are either at the rim or from long distance. It’s a testament to his skill that he’s still been able to put up 19.3 points per game this season on 46.4 percent field goal shooting despite the missing dimensions in his offensive arsenal.

Consequently, his matchup with Brandon Knight promises to be fascinating and entertaining.

Much like Lillard, Knight subscribes to the theory of almost exclusively attempting his shots at the rim as well as from long range and has quite a knack for blowing past defenders to get into the lane where he can create some good scoring chances for himself or his teammates.

If there is one area of concern for both teams tonight with their point guards, it’s their inability to command respect from the officials defensively. Because of their relative inexperience as NBA players, they tend to get whistled for fouls that established veteran players routinely get away with. This is mostly apparent when they defend guards trying to post them up.

In addition, if Aldridge is going to miss this contest, Lawrence Frank might want to borrow the Brooklyn Nets’ defensive game plan and simply trap or hedge hard whenever Lillard runs pick-and-rolls because the added defensive focus on him seems to confuse him and may even cause him to pick up his dribble as he gets indecisive about his options.

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86 Comments

  • Nov 26, 20129:59 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

    Reply

    im going to say this KNIGHT NEEDS!!! to be a 18pts-20pts per game scorer for us to compete from night to night….. i dont care if he never averages 7-8 ast… but if Knight scores, Monroe Scores, Singler scores…and then we get other players filling in we can compete at a higher level… 

  • Nov 26, 201210:05 pm
    by Mel

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    Good win, Frank’s substitutions today was better tonite but in the 4th he almost goof it up again. Player played inspired basketball. Props to Singler and Knight, Stuckey even played with energy. When you get CV playing the way he did you know the universe is working on their behalf. Good win Pistons. I like the Passion. 

  • Nov 26, 201210:10 pm
    by Mark

    Reply

    Knight dominated Lillard

    • Nov 26, 201210:15 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

      Reply

      i said earlier Lillard was not better than Knight,and if Knight can continue to get 16-18 shots per game..and get 4-6 fts per game he will score and be able to create foe his teammates

      • Nov 27, 201211:09 am
        by tarsier

        Reply

        You said it earlier and you were wrong. You are still wrong. One game of evidence has 1/14th the weight of 14 games of evidence (sometimes math is so easy).

  • Nov 26, 201210:10 pm
    by frankie d

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    excellent game by knight tonight.
    must say i am surprised that he dominated lilliard, but it also goes to show what he can do when he is focused.
    now, if only he can play this way most games, the pistons’ PG issues are gone. 

  • Nov 26, 201210:17 pm
    by frankie d

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    i wonder if knight read this blog the last couple of days, where i know i’ve said a bunch of stuff about lilliard being a better player.
    he was obviously very motivated to play well against the rookie.
     

  • Nov 26, 201210:18 pm
    by apa8ren9

    Reply

    Its amazing how much better I feel after a Piston victory!
     

  • Nov 26, 201210:20 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

    Reply

    he read my comments about me telling him to be who he is… i really think BK will only get better

  • Nov 26, 201210:24 pm
    by Jodi Jezz

    Reply

    Knight, Monroe, Stuckey, and my boy Charlie V went off this game…Lets go Pistons!..Drummond played well tonight too…

    • Nov 26, 201210:36 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

      Reply

      my beef with Drummond ….. He needs to play with FORCE!… twice I felt like he could have went up strong and dunked it authority … but he hasnt been doing it… that frustrates me….

      his defensive awareness was very high today, and he probably could have had too more blks…and if the did pick of those quick two fouls…i think he would have had another double digit rebound game…

      But when he was in the game..Portland had nothing going toward the basket… 

      • Nov 26, 201210:49 pm
        by Jodi Jezz

        Reply

        Yeah, even though Drummond was in foul trouble he played good defense against Aldridge…Drummond made him work for us points…No worries, Drummond will start to take it up strong with more experience…I heard Maggette screaming at Drummond one time when he had an opportunity to dunk on Wesley Matthews…It’s a good sign that Drummond defensively impacted the game even though he was in foul trouble…

  • Nov 26, 201210:30 pm
    by serge damayn

    Reply

    wait wait wait wait .. did Charlie V just have a good game? 
    WOOOT WOOT! 

  • Nov 26, 201210:34 pm
    by Mel

    Reply

    You guys can’t forget Singler the guy was a beast tonight and would have had  more point if not for stuckey not paying attention to Kyle when he was making a cut to the basket after he hands stuckey the ball. He would be wide open. But all in all good game and now I can have a peaceful night sleep.

    • Nov 26, 201210:38 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

      Reply

      Singler will some day be an All-Star… he is like a more skilled Kyle Krover….

      • Nov 27, 201211:10 am
        by tarsier

        Reply

        to be an all-star, he would have to be a much, much, much more skilled Kyle Korver.

        • Nov 27, 20122:32 pm
          by I HATE FRANK

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          he is a much, much more, more skilled Korver…i shouldnt even has said Korver, its an insult to Singler… complete game…

          I just know everytime Korver had an open look I just assumed he would make it, that now I feel about Singler. Every open look , i just assume its going in

  • Nov 26, 201210:47 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    now the bad…. we are not going to shoot 60% for 3′s every game…. and we cant give any team 31 ft attempts…. and I still hate our defense…I almost feel like we would be better served either committing to a zone defense or playing man to man…

     

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