Need4Sheed Guest Writer:
Rashid S. Umar
In what looked like a replay of Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles, the Motown Sound was reduced to a whisper and a 20 point deficit after three quarters, then after a furious late rally (which cut the lead to one) fell short to the Blazers in Portland 87-81. Rodney Stuckey led the team with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and, 5 assists but shot a horrible 6-21. Charlie V seemed poised to erase his nightmare performance against the Lakers but picked up 2 quick fouls in first quarter. The Pistons will have two days off before continuing the trip in Utah on Saturday night.
Key points of the game:
- The Blazers led by 4 after one, then 10 at the half, before stretching it to 20 after 3.
- The Pistons used all three rookies in the fourth to mount the furious comeback which included a 10-0 run and outscored Portland 31-17.
- With the Blazers leading 78-77 with over a minute to go, the Pistons couldn’t secure a rebound which landed in Steve Blake’s hands. He would later in the possession hit a three to put the Blazers up 81-77, which put the Detroiters to bed.
- Someone tell Rodney Stuckey that he doesn’t have to force the action for himself all the time. It’ll be nice to set table for others every now and then.
- Pistons used a “tall ball” line-up to make the Blazers sweat this one out.
- Ben Wallace had a quiet 12 rebounds.
- I’m starting to come around to the thought that maybe the offense is better with Bynum on the floor.
- Charlie V scored 20 points, including a huge three and layup late to cut the lead to one, despite picking up some cheap fouls early. However, he could’ve kept that turn and fade-a-way three point attempt with 10 seconds.
- Hey another DaJuan Summers sighting!
- The Blazers got 20 apiece from stars Brandon Roy and LeMarcus Aldridge.
- Michigan Wolverines Fab Fiver Juwan Howard is still in the league?? Wow. Dude is just stealing money now. I wonder if Mike Peplowski, Orlando Woolridge, or Rafael Addison are available.
- Jay-Z made a song titled: Death to Auto tune, I proposed one: Death of Small Ball.
- Charlie V put up 20 with 3 boards in 16 minutes.
- The three guard lineup of Stuckey, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum leaves the team with defensive deficiencies.
- Late in the game the team implored a full-court trap that yielded positive results.
- Austin Daye made a nice contribution with his shooting and defense late.
- I swear Greg Oden looks like Lebron James’ older uncle. Anyhow the future career solid starter had 6 points, 10 boards, and 3 blocks.
- When’s Rip coming back?
- Pistons resume action Saturday night in Utah where they haven’t won since I was a natural blond (kidding but it’s been a long time).
Highlights of the Game Via NBA.com
The Pistons host the 11-6 Portland Trail Blazers, who are on a three game winning streak, this afternoon at The Palace. This is not the Blazers of old; this young team has tons of promise and talent. This will be Detroit’s first look at Greg Oden, who hasn’t quite put up superstar numbers yet this season. Oden is averaging 7 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. We are all waiting for him to light up the basketball court like he does the TV screen.
Sheed may be looking in the mirror today.
“Curry speaks glowingly of Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a third-year pro averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
And Rasheed Wallace is a fan as well, because Aldridge reminds the Pistons of, well, a young Rasheed.
“I told Rasheed today, ‘We got the young ‘Sheed vs. the old ‘Sheed,’ ” Curry said. “Rasheed really likes that kid. He thinks he has great footwork and plays both ends of the court.
“When young guys have the total package, you just can tell.”" Via The Detroit Free Press
I’m looking forward to seeing how Detroit does against Portland. I really like this team, and especially like watching Brandon Roy. I even like their team website. Keep your eyes out for Rudy Fernandez, the NBA rookie who had been playing in Spain. He’s been lighting it up since he got to Portland.
Tip is at 3:00 PM on FSN with the pre-game festivities starting at 2. If you can’t watch the television broadcast, tune into 1130 AM The Fan where you can catch our friend Matt Dery with the pre-game at 2:00. Can’t do either, follow the game on NBA.com.
Enjoy, you know what to do.