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Pistons host best team in the Western Conference

Essentials

  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (20-4) at Detroit Pistons (11-13)
  • Date: December 15, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The team with the second-best record in the league will waltz into the Palace of Auburn of Hills tonight to take on the Detroit Pistons.

The Portland Trail Blazers are tied with the Indiana Pacers for the most wins in the NBA so far this season and trail them by one loss. One might assume their current four-game road trip might set them back a little from Indiana, but that is hardly the case.

Indeed, the Blazers have won 10-of-12 road games and also, they started out their stretch away from home by completely dismantling the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Damian Lillard and company drilled 21 treys and gave Philly a shellacking.

It stands to reason that they will try to reproduce that effort tonight against the Pistons and well, that might not be far fetched. The last time these teams met, Portland nailed 11-of-23 shots from 3-point range. They were able to swing the ball repeatedly all over the floor and create high-percentage looks.

This is the strength of their offense. The Blazers are a bottom-five paint scoring team and yet, they still own the best offense in the Association. Their ability to swing the ball from side-to-side and consistently find the open man is simply too difficult for most teams to defend.

Further exacerbating issues, they have LaMarcus Aldridge. He is one of the most potent scoring forces in the league and should be in the MVP discussion through the early stretch of the schedule.

He is a jump shooting big man, but he also is a very good one. In addition, he will bully smaller interior defenders by backing them down on the block and taking them to the rim.

Quite frankly, very few teams are equipped for what he brings to the table.

On the other side of the ball, one could make an argument that Portland cannot stop the Detroit frontline. In the first head-to-head battle, Greg Monroe got to the spots he wanted on the floor and scored against the Blazers’ players.

Also, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond combined for 27 points and 19 rebounds. Detroit was simply superior inside as evidenced by their 60 points in the paint, but they could not pull out the victory.

Portland combined a solid interior attack with great perimeter shooting to win the ball game. The Pistons will have to negate one of those advantages tonight in order to beat one of the league’s very best teams.

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24 Comments

  • Dec 15, 20136:03 pm
    by gmehl

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    If dunks were worth 3 points the pistons would be all-world. I am worried about this game and am kind of viewing it as a free swing. Hey if we connect for a homer (win) then we get to add a scalp to our win total but if we lose like everyone expects then no harm no foul. If we don’t rotate and play the perimeter hard then they might get back-to-back 3pt shooting franchise records… don’t be surprised if they nail 22 3 pointers.

  • Dec 15, 20136:52 pm
    by gmehl

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    What do you know, Josh Smith close to the hoop is efficient as hell.

  • Dec 15, 20138:26 pm
    by jopl

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    I’m going to have a heart attack

  • Dec 15, 20138:53 pm
    by jacob

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    Can’t close out games.

  • Dec 15, 20138:55 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Coaching, coaching, coaching

    • Dec 15, 20139:04 pm
      by gmehl

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      You can point the finger any number of ways for tonights loss but it really should only be pointed in one direction and his initials are JD. A 3 pointer is worth more than a 2 pointer and we don’t have anyone on our team that can provide them at an efficient clip. I tell you having guys that can nail a timely 3 or two is what we are lacking and it is on a certain JD to give the coach that kind of weapon. Hopefully he’s working the phones as I am typing this. There are rumours that Jeremy Lamb is on the block and can be had for a proven backup. Will Bynum should do the trick. Pop pop JD!

      • Dec 15, 20139:10 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        It’s insane that we still have no shooter nor have we found away to work Da to me into the rotation… but tonight we just let another game get away…

        • Dec 15, 20139:16 pm
          by Max

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          I really don’t think blaming JD or the lack of 3s is that applicable for tonight’s misery.   I’d actually point the finger at Drummond and the front line for allowing Portland to get a million offensive rebounds down the stretch.   It was hard to watch.  

          • Dec 15, 20139:44 pm
            by gmehl

            Well Max the offensive rebounds can be attributed to playing two centres and a power forward most of the game which in turn still has the finger pointing at JD. Coming into this season you’d think with our huge frontline we’d own the glass but its hard to own the glass when your taking the ball out of the net because we’er shit defensively. All we are is a huge SLOW frontline. You switch Monroe for Batum and this team instantly becomes a more cohesive starting 5. At the moment we are pretty much like 5 fingers on a hand doing there own thing. You put a better fitting finger on that hand and then this team becomes a fist and a fist is more powerful than those 5 fingers (yeah I know its an old cliche). When I look at a team like the Blazers I see that fist and pretty much how a team should be built. Inside outside surrounded by glue guys willing to do there job.

          • Dec 16, 201312:16 am
            by Max

            Everything you are saying makes sense but in this case it just seemed like the Blazers wanted those rebounds more.  Lopez was really fighting out there and even Lillard was sneaking inside for offensive rebounds.  

          • Dec 16, 20132:09 pm
            by oats

            @gmehl. Huh? There are no offensive rebounds off made shots. I don’t see how the other team making shots led to them getting so many offensive rebounds. That doesn’t make any sense. Robin Lopez just repeatedly beat some good defensive rebounders because he is really good on the offensive glass. Lopez is 3rd in the league in offensive rebounds a game and he got out there and got on the boards. If Monroe was replaced by Batum on this roster then Lopez would still have been all over the offensive glass.

  • Dec 15, 20138:56 pm
    by Max

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    Well that was a pathetic loss.  Trade everyone.  

    • Dec 15, 201310:18 pm
      by Jacob

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      Haha, this is a very disappointing loss.
       

  • Dec 15, 20138:56 pm
    by gmehl

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    If Portland doesn’t play a game last night they beat us by 20+. You’d swear it was us who run out of juice in overtime.

    • Dec 15, 20139:01 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      Sigh… so true..
      I know a few things didn’t go our way, but I felt like even before the run we were coasting like if we were up 20 with 2 mins left…then we got serious again… not difference than what happened with the nets accept we get a big L

      • Dec 15, 20139:17 pm
        by Max

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        There was only like a minute or so when they were up 13 in the 4th that I allowed myself to think the Pistons would win.   Jokes on me and us fans.  

  • Dec 15, 20139:18 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Heart broken :(((( All I can say is good comeback by Portland. 

  • Dec 15, 20139:19 pm
    by Steve k

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    This is the 3rd 4th quarter collapse?
    yeah those offensive rebound putbacks killed them in crunch time. But more than that it was watching a team that could finish vs one that has no clue. 

    • Dec 15, 20139:46 pm
      by gmehl

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      No I think it puts the total at 5 (4th quarter collapses). This also wouldn’t be including the ones where we just hung onto win which you should never turn a blind eye to.

  • Dec 15, 20139:23 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    Yes i have noticed the team doesn’t quite have a killer instinct when it has a lead in the 4th … But the real question was Why did Rodney’s shot go up with so much time left …..?  poor choice or poor coaching ? Yes you needed some time for a rebound / tip …. but just left the door wide open for the loss … 
     

    • Dec 15, 20139:29 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      How about if he missed it??? 

  • Dec 15, 20139:34 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Who was guarding Aldridge??? I know he is good!! but he was left open on many occasions. And I think this is what costed us the game.

  • Dec 15, 20139:58 pm
    by domnick

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    not just a bad coaching but the team itself let the portland win because of turnovers…. :(

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