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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, 20127:21 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    i really want Knight be aggressive tonight… get himself going early

    • Nov 26, 20127:51 pm
      by gmehl

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      Knight is already racking up turnovers like Kate Moss does lines

  • Nov 26, 20127:35 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Knight the scorer shall emerge

  • Nov 26, 20127:40 pm
    by DasMark

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    Even as a rookie with less than 10 games under his belt, Lillard is already a superior pro to Knight. 

    • Nov 26, 20129:56 pm
      by Ron

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      Yeah and four years of college…

       

  • Nov 26, 20127:44 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    2 TO Pistons inside first 2 minutes

  • Nov 26, 20127:46 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Singler with the stick back. And one..

  • Nov 26, 20127:47 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Tough to watch Maxiell guarding Alridge. Free throw foul.. 

  • Nov 26, 20127:51 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Singler and Knight played solid

  • Nov 26, 20127:53 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Lillard is not better than Knight, but Lillard does have more talent around him, which makes it much easier for him

  • Nov 26, 20127:56 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    meyer leonard in the game for portland…but no Drummond…smh…its the little things

    • Nov 26, 20128:04 pm
      by gmehl

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      Drummond has got 2 fouls in under 1 minute

  • Nov 26, 20127:58 pm
    by gmehl

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    Ok here is something to watch. Portland has racked up 5 team fouls with 5 min 20 sec to go in the quarter and we have shot 4 from 4 free throws. Any good coach would say hey we are in the bonus the rest of this quarter so everyone get out of the way and let Moose go to work. I bet it doesn’t happen though.

    • Nov 26, 20128:15 pm
      by gmehl

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      We only shot 3 free throws after having them in the bonus for over 5 minutes. WTF didn’t someone just pound it inside??

  • Nov 26, 20128:05 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    charlie v in early

  • Nov 26, 20128:07 pm
    by gmehl

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    And noooooo D Charlie V enters the game…fark

  • Nov 26, 20128:16 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    STOP WITH THE SWITCHING AND TRAPPING DEFENSE THAT LEAVE GOOD 3 POINT SHOOTERS OPEN!!!!!

    I HATE FRANK AND HIS DEFENSE!!!! 

  • Nov 26, 20128:17 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Will and CV in the game is a bad medicine

  • Nov 26, 20128:19 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    ANOTHER DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD GONE!

  • Nov 26, 20128:22 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    WHAT ARE YOU SAVING DRUMMOND FOR???? HE HAS 4 MORE FOULS TO GIVE AND YOU ONLY GIVE HIM  15-17 MINUTES GAME ANYWAY

  • Nov 26, 20128:22 pm
    by Vince

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    Not going to point any fingers… no wait I will. Our lead vanished when CV stepped on. Can Mr Frank please take Charlie out of this game.

  • Nov 26, 20128:25 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Patrick or Dan… PLEASE do an article about this terrible defense we continue to play game after game..that decides to give up open looks to good 3 point shooters? 

  • Nov 26, 20128:29 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    when Knight is aggressive he is very very good…

  • Nov 26, 20128:29 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Bucket man delivers!

  • Nov 26, 20128:30 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Knight is playing like an allstar

    • Nov 26, 20128:41 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      i’ve been saying it since last year Knight is a SCORING / PLAY-MAKER…. if you let him play his game…he will shine… because only a few players can stop him from scoring….

      the problem is we want him to be a true pg…instead of being a true basketball player…

       

      • Nov 26, 20129:03 pm
        by gmehl

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        I remember when they were saying that about Stuckey

  • Nov 26, 20128:34 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight Is shutting some critics up tonight…

  • Nov 26, 20128:35 pm
    by Mel

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    Frank is killing me with not playing Monroe and Drummond together, so what they got two fouls. Have faith in you players

    • Nov 26, 20128:39 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      everytime I see Monroe make a pass to Maxiell all i can think is….Drummond can do that

      • Nov 26, 20128:59 pm
        by ZekeKhaseli

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        You and me both brother.. haha

      • Nov 26, 20129:24 pm
        by jerrific

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        Drummond can do that, but better. 
         

  • Nov 26, 20128:48 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    This has been the Detroit way … Curry Kuester and now Frank … 
    What ever makes sense is out of the question,   going to prove that
    there right no matter if it leaves the team without developing and player
    for the future …. stubborn self absorbed lot JD and his “company” coaches 

  • Nov 26, 20128:49 pm
    by Mel

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    I agree just let Knight play his game because he’s focused on passing so early this year, it’ll come together for him. We don’t need a pure point guard we have Singlar and Monroe other unselfish players. Oh and Singlar is playing he motherflipping a$$ off tonight. He’s starting to get comfortable now.

  • Nov 26, 20128:52 pm
    by Mel

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    It would be nice to win this game, Portland is one of those teams we had trouble with in the past, except last year when Stuckey went off.

  • Nov 26, 20128:57 pm
    by Mel

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    Man it must be 200 people at the Palace, Damn!!!

    • Nov 26, 20129:07 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      i said it earlier this year… coaching is killing the fan base

  • Nov 26, 20129:06 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    good time out….NOW.. get stuckey out the game!, and Get Maxiell out the game!

  • Nov 26, 20129:07 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Stuck cant score, Maxiell cant rebound.. common Frank.. 2 easy basket in a row?

  • Nov 26, 20129:09 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    should have been took maxiell out the game! 

  • Nov 26, 20129:12 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Drummond can do that…but powerful Dunk by Maxiell

  • Nov 26, 20129:15 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    nuffin to do with these game…but Drummond shot get at least 2 lobs attempts per-game…

  • Nov 26, 20129:17 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    singler is very good… is all i have to say

  • Nov 26, 20129:19 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    notice portland shot attacking the the rim when Drummond game into the game…he doesnt have the number to back it… but Drummond defensive presence is felt by Portland… 

  • Nov 26, 20129:23 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    I’m here in NY watching the NY Kincks / Brooklyn Nets game,  Rasheed’s playing great … even Jerry Stackhouse made a contribution for the Nets” lets do the time warp again”   Rasheed’s  being a coach on floor and hitting his 3… wish we had him around to teach Dru and Monroe their way in the league … As i recall there is another big man that can coach… Knights got to go all in…. Isiah-esq hopefully he will learn like Isiah did how to pick his all in spots and how to do the little things in between… but needs a steady bigger  2 guard that can shoot and guard bigger guards .. not crazy of K Singler at the 2 love to get him starting at 3 with Dru and Monroe …. 

  • Nov 26, 20129:24 pm
    by Reaction

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    Where is the Singler hater now?

    • Nov 26, 20129:27 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      He has an amazing ability to only notice the one or two bad games Singler has had this season.

  • Nov 26, 20129:25 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    best coached game and rotation of players …and use of timeouts Franks has had ALL YEAR!

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

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      assuming we dont blow this lead

  • Nov 26, 20129:27 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    DRUMMOND DUNK THAT SHIT!!!!!

  • Nov 26, 20129:28 pm
    by vic

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    Can’t complain about tonights game. He took Bynum out… Knight is being himself again, CV is scoring. Singler is a BEAST. This is actually good basketball for the first time this year really.

    Now just get Drummond & Monroe on the floor together and more into the offense. 

  • Nov 26, 20129:29 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Singler might be a better PG than Knight, Stuckey or Bynum.

    • Nov 26, 201210:03 pm
      by vic

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      yep and his basketball sense has influenced the team too. you can see it in CV and Stuckey especially

  • Nov 26, 20129:34 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    he has better fundamental passing skills…

  • Nov 26, 20129:36 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    good time out…as soon as Drummond leaves the game they attack the rim…

  • Nov 26, 20129:36 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Where’s Singler??

  • Nov 26, 20129:39 pm
    by Day and Knight

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    Not to be negative Nancy or anything but…look at all those empty seats, that is the highlight of this season: nobody cares enough lol other than that we look good tonight!

    • Nov 26, 20129:44 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      if they could market the youth of this team… the fans would comes

      • Nov 26, 20129:52 pm
        by Patrick Hayes

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        They have been marketing the youth — Knight and Monroe, in particular, are in tons of commercials. Fans won’t come and watch a bad team, even if the team has young players and potential. The Palace won’t be filled again until they are winning a lot again.

        • Nov 26, 201210:07 pm
          by I HATE FRANK

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          maybe im not clear….prince, maxiell, stuckey do not excite fans….english, drummond, and the potential of middleton does…. i know u disagree

          • Nov 26, 201210:11 pm
            by Patrick Hayes

            Young players certainly excite fans. But not enough for them to spend money to go watch games. 

  • Nov 26, 20129:46 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    actually you may be right about K Singler  i have not seen enough  what i did see was him getting burned by having to guard more nimble 2s … got a really good motor as well   still see him at 3 or both 

  • Nov 26, 20129:47 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    our most impressive win of the season… we actually looked like a good well coached team…. (assuming we win)

  • Nov 26, 20129:49 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    no body cares because JD hung on to a bunch of guys till they were over …. 
    to many years of fruition with the hangers on… They want a whole new identity 
    cant blame them …. that why JD should step down… just to much “hanging on”
     

  • Nov 26, 20129:49 pm
    by Mel

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    Thats for not having Drummond in the game, we’re about to loose a game with a minute and some seconds left. WoW

  • Nov 26, 20129:51 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight is becoming more and more clutch

    • Nov 26, 201210:05 pm
      by vic

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      Knight has always been clutch that’s actually his best attribute. 
      When he was a rookie the biggest thing I looked forward to was to have Knight with the ball at the end of games instead of Stuckey turning it over or bricking a layup. Thats worth a few wins by itself. 

  • Nov 26, 20129:53 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight and Singler Co-MVP of this game

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