The Pistons fell to the Trailblazers, 100-78 Tuesday night in Portland. The game featured several runs by the home team which were sparked by a number of Detroit mistakes – including coaching blunders.
The Blazers, who were led by LeMarcus Aldridge’s 19 points and 17 rebounds, raced out to double-digit lead in the first quarter. The Pistons starters got off to a lousy start offensively – settling for jump shots – and were even worse defensively allows a season-high 36 at the quarter break.
The second quarter saw the Blazers go ahead by as much as 13 until the Piston bench – sparked by Charlie Villanueva’s shooting, rebounding, and defense – cut the lead to one. However, the boys in blue slowly lost momentum as the home team ran the lead to eight by halftime.
The early third quarter saw the starters sleepwalk their way to a 14-point deficit, at which coach John Kuester seemingly not wanting to acknowledge that changes were needed. Instead of inserting the bench sooner, Kuester allowed the non-factoring starting unit to trudge through the quarter as the Blazers became more aggressive. Once some first half heroes were substituted in, the game was too far out of reach.
The fourth quarter saw what seemed to be the Portland Trailblazer transition game practice drill, as Piston turnovers and bad shots led to a series of uncontested layups and dunks, which delighted the Rose City crowd.
- The Blazers were coming off of a 121-96 shellacking at the hands of the two-time defending champion Lakers two nights earlier.
- Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 17 points but only 2 assists.
- LeMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 19 points and 17 rebounds; Nicolas Batum chipped in with 17 points.
- Charlie V has 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks all in the 2nd quarter.
- Portland shot 50 percent from the floor.
- The Piston starters were -75 in the plus/minus category; Blazers starters were +82.
- The Pistons are now 0-4 on the road.
- Rip Hamilton shot 2-7 and only tallied 4 points and picked up a technical foul in the second half for just throwing his arms after a disputable call. The league is really cracking down on players expressing themselves in the heat of battle.
- Austin Daye had 15 Points and 8 Rebounds.
- Blazers Rudy Fernandez, who had office season issues with the Blazer front office, made was major factor for his team in this one. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished 3 assists, along with several energetic defensive plays.
- Rookie Greg Monroe has seeming supplanted Jason Maxiell in the rotation.
- Next Stop: Los Angeles. I’ll be at the game.
Highlights via NBA.com