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Brandon Jennings season high 28 points and a 13 point rally from behind couldn’t get the win for the Pistons, who have now lost six in a row in Portland to the Trail Blazers after their 103-109 loss Monday night.

Key Points:

  • Portland torched the Pistons from behind the arc going 11-for-23 for 33 points.
  • Six Portland players in double figures.
  • Villanueva and Singler were the only power forwards to come off the bench for Detroit. Neither did much, each scoring two points.
  • Great game for Andre Drummond, who took the bulk of the minutes in the loss. Dre finished with 16 points, 16 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 42 minutes on the floor. Hard work payed off for the big man, who seems to always be in the thick of things for Detroit.
  • Stuckey shot was off, Rodney was just 4-of-15 on the night for 13 points.
  • The 9-0 Pistons run in the final minutes of the game was promising, but it again shows that this team doesn’t know how to put a game away yet.
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  • Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 28 on 11-of-24 shooting, with five assists and three steals. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but to me Brandon looks like he’s not been that exited to be on this Pistons team. I hope I’m wrong.
  • The defense looked terrible. With the big three all able to do their jobs on that end, everyone else needs to step up. Way too many easy buckets and second chances for the Blazers. Defend the three!
  • For a team that knew they needed scoring from three, the Pistons haven’t done anything this season.
  • Cheeks seems to be trying everything rotation wise and nothing seems to be working.

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Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “We gave up 100-something points, that’s not acceptable. We definitely have to clean some stuff up. We have to start finding ways within the game, in earlier spots, to kind of take control”

  • Tuesday night at Golden State isn’t a cakewalk either.

The #Pistons finished off their four game West coast trip better than they started it.  Unfortunately the end result was just the same Saturday night in Portland as Detroit tied it’s seasons worst eight game losing streak with a 112-101 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Key Points:

  • Detroit played well and had a 57-52 at the half. Too bad LaMarcus Aldridge  decided his team was not going down to the Pistons.  Aldridge put up 31 points, with 12 boards and his teammate J.J. Hickson added a 18 point, and 15 board double-double for the Trail Blazers.
  • It figures that a stat like this went against Detroit Saturday night.  Portland was 0-for-14 against opponents shooting better than 50 percent this season.   Detroit finished the game shooting 52.6 percent on the night.
  • Singler has been having a tough time of it lately, but this reverse was nice.  Singler finished just 2-of-10 on the night for four points zero boards, zero steals, zero blocks, and zero assists in 40 minutes on the floor.

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  • I though Jose would have a breakout game since he hasn’t been playing Jose-like lately.  He finished with 13 points, five assists, four boards, two steals and just one turnover in just 24 minutes.  The problem was that Bynum was hot so Jose sat most of the second half.
  • Will was Bynumite with 23 points and led Detroit on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter getting them within two points with a little over two minutes left in the game. Will was 10-of-14 with 4 assists, a steal and two turnovers.
  • Monroe 5-of-9 on the night for 14 points, nine boards and six assists.
  • I should call out Stuckey more often.  Rodney has played his best basketball all season long the past three games.  Rodney led all scorers with a season best 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting with three boards in 39:55 minutes on the floor.  He’s got the talent that’s for sure, he just needs to be consistent.

Rodney Stuckey Pistons vs Trail Blazers
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  • Stuckey sustained a deep cut when he butted heads with Lillard. He had to get stitches after the game.
  • Detroit played well, but two things are clear. Detroit needs better defense and they need to learn how to close out games.
  • You can’t let a team go on a 20-5 run and expect to win.
  • Maxiell with 10 points and five boards.
  • Charlie V with just six minutes and one point.
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  • Detroit relied mostly on their starters. Besides Bynum Detroit’s bench scored just five points.
  • All five Portland starters in double figures.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 11 and Portland’s was 12.
  • I’m guessing the Pistons will shut down Andre Drummond for the season.
  • Monday at home against the Nets and then back on the road for a Friday game with Miami and a Saturday in Charlotte.

The #Pistons took down the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hill 108-101 thanks again to great nights by the young core of the team.  Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 26 points, while Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe added double-doubles.

Key Points:

  • With the win the Pistons are now playing 500 basketball at home.
  • Looks like my prediction came through, Brandon Knight with a season high 26 points looks like he’s got his confidence back.  Though it’s early in the season he’s playing the best basketball of the season right now. In that span of the last three games, he’s averaging 21 points and shooting better than 50 percent overall and from the 3-point line (9 of 16).

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  • You have to respect LeMarcus Aldridge, who really is the best kept secret in the NBA.  He led all scores with 32 points, adding 10 boards.  I love to how effortless he makes everything look.
  • Good luck to Rodney Stuckey, it doesn’t look like he’s getting his starting job back anytime soon. And it almost looks like he’s ok with it. Stuckey had 11 points and four assists on the night.
  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Looks like Charlie V has cracked the rotation and his shot is going in. Charlie scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor.
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  • Kyle Singler was fantastic Monday night. Do you realize he scored six points and grabbed seven boards in the first 11 minutes of the game. He finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. He’s making the Need4Swede disappear.

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  • Don’t think I wasn’t worried that Detroit was going to collapse in the third quarter when the Trail Blazers went on a 7-0 run, cutting the Piston lead to just 4 points. It was the three that got them back, one from Stuckey, Singler and Charlie V. Singler’s three to close out the third quarter brought the small Palace crowd to their feet.
  • Singler may turn out to be a legitimate candidate for Rookie of the Year.
  • Moose with another great game. He put up 20 and 10 and added another double-double on the season. And don’t forget he contributes everywhere on the court. I just love watching a big guy like that pass the way he does. If he doesn’t make the All Star team it will be a travesty.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We had four possessions that resulted in a score where all five guys touched the ball and to have seven guys in double figures and to have a bunch of guys with multiple assists, that’s great. The way I look at is, they shot 42%, but had 17 offensive rebounds, so our first shot defense was good. Obviously we have to be better to limiting them to one shot, but the ball movement, the sharing, that was contagious.”

  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • The Pistons biggest lead in this one was 15.
  • Drummond with six boards, two points and two blocked shots in 14 minutes on the floor. He may not have put up a handful of points, but his defense gets better every game.
  • This had to be the best Basketball the Pistons have played all season, with everyone really contributing.
  • Prince with 10 and Maxiell with 11. I was off both of their bandwagons starting the season, but I’m back on. You really have to give it up to Prince and Maxiell who are the the unsung hero’s in most of the Pistons wins.
  • They could make it two in a row on Wednesday night when Phoenix makes a stop at The Palace.

The 3-11 #Pistons will be hosting the 6-7 Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Trail Blazers may be without LaMarcus Aldridge Monday night. Though not good for me, I’ve always like to watch Aldridge play and this was my only chance to catch him at the Palace this season.
  • The bad: Pistons have lost 12 straight to Western Conference opponents.
  • The unknown: What’s more likely? Brandon Knight surpassing his season high of 21 against the Blazer or Charlie V get meaningful minutes after his performance against the Knicks.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

Pistons 94 Trail Blazers 91, it’s not a typo. Detroit took down the Blazers in a gritty win Saturday night at the Palace. If had a chance to see this one, you wouldn’t recognize the Pistons team that took the floor. That’s a good thing.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons went from 25 turnovers on Friday night to 11 on Saturday. It’s really simple, when they protect what’s there’s they give themselves a chance to win.
  • If Walker D. Russell isn’t the feel good story of season I don’t know what is. Russell in his second NBA game showed poise and leadership on court in his limited time. He put up 3 points with 2 steals in 12 minutes on the floor. I’m wondering when they are going to start printing “The Walkman” t-shirts up at The Palace.
  • We saw defense from Detroit (that worked) all night. Example in the second Frank when with Walker Russell, Wilkins, Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko and Prince. Down 27-26 after one, that bunch played suffocating defense as the Pistons went on a 12-2 run.
  • Don’t think this one was simple either if you check the score and saw that the Pistons were up by 16. After a Rodney Stuckey 3-pointer with 7:13 left in the third quarter gave them a 16-point lead, Detroit scored only two points over the next six minutes, during which time Portland outscored them 16-2 to cut its deficit to two points. They let that lead slip but kept at it by never folding and making defensive stops.
  • That was what you call a Basketball game.
  • No Ben Gordon (sore shoulder) or Will Bynum. Austin Daye recorded another DNP and let me remind you again that I’m not going to mention CV31 until whatever is wrong with him is gone and we find him on the court.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who got clocked with an elbow late in the game, scored 11 points, with 5 boards and 2 blocked shots. The bloody mess that was Jonas face didn’t send him to the line, it got him the foul call which everyone on the Pistons bench wasn’t happy about. It looked bad, but Arnie fixed him right up.
Rodney Stuckey vs The Trail Blazers

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  • Rodney Stuckey was the star of the night leading the Pistons with 28 points, 5 assists, 4 boards in 37 minutes on the floor. By far the best Rodney showing in quite some time. If Stuck can put up games similar to this when the Pistons need him, he will silence all the critics, including this one. And don’t forget the sinister dunk!
  • And how about another solid game from Rookie Brandon Knight who started right along with Rodney Stuckey, a combination that really looks good in my opinion. Knight with 14 points, a blocked shot, 3 assists and 3 boards.

Brandon Knight: “I can play off the ball and he can play off the ball. We can play off of each other. It’s a great way to play and something I’m sure we’ll look to exploit later on. It’s definitely good having two ball handlers that can both attack and create for the team.”

  • Jason Maxiell is just a hard worker, sometimes his match-up works and sometimes it doesn’t. One thing is he’ll always be out there scrapping. Jason grabbed 7 board and helped significantly on D. And then there was this.
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  • Tayshaun Prince with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting with 3 blocked shots on the night. With the way Tay has been playing of late it really looks like he’s getting his legs back.
  • It’s really is hard to believe that they won this game, in fact if you asked me before the game I would have said they had no chance.  And if I bet on sports you can be sure that I would have taken Portland in this one.  Kudos for making me wrong, we appreciate it.
  • Out-rebounded 38-34.
  • Tight till the buzzer with the Pistons leading by three and neither team having a timeout left, Frank ordered Knight to foul Raymond Felton. Felton made both free throws, but Portland was forced to foul again and Stuckey made both free throws. Felton lost the ball on the Trail Blazers’ final possession and Greg Monroe’s expression on his face was priceless.
  • I’ll just revel in in this victory, it was a long time coming.  Or it just really seemed like it.

LaMarcus Aldridge is in a tough situation. He plays in the Western Conference that is full of young, talented big men who all deserve to be on the All Star team. LaMarcus hasn’t openly complained about being one of the bigger snubs out West but last night, he proved to the Piston faithful that he was indeed worth of All Star consideration in the tough Western Conference.

Aldridge killed the Pistons on the pick and roll, all night. Chris Wilcox got used and abused the final 2 minutes of the game – by committing 2 costly fouls to give the Blazers 4 points and also by turning the ball over with a 3 second violation. Coach Kuester is also partially to blame for reportedly drawing up the final play as an iso for Ben Gordon, but for not calling a 2nd option which caused Austin Daye to shoot an off balanced 3 point shot that would’ve tied up the game.

The player of the night has to be Will Bynum who ended up with a stat sheet filling night – 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Bynum singlehandedly brought the Pistons back from down 7 points at the start of the 4th quarter to within 1 with 1 minute left in the game. When Coach Kuester subbed out Bynum for Stuckey at the end of the game, you could feel all the momentum being sucked out of the arena. This is one of the tougher losses the Pistons have had in a season full of tough losses – let’s look at the highlights:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points on 12-17 from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line.  A knock on Aldridge has always been his toughness in the paint, as he is definitely a finesse big rather than a bruiser.  While he did torch the Pistons in the paint with points, he lived up to his soft nature by only pulling down 4 rebounds.
  • Coach Kuester has taken one of Richard Hamilton’s bad habits (poorly timed technical fouls) and started use it for himself.  Coach Kuester got called for a technical foul with the score 86-84 about halfway through the 4th quarter.
  • One of the craziest contracts signed this offseason was by Blazers guard Wesley Matthews – 5 yrs, $34m – who contributed 26 points and lead his team with 7 rebounds
  • Detroit won the rebounding battle in a game where both teams shot above 50% – 32-25
  • Ben Wallace is slowing down – Wallace only played 18 minutes last night and grabbed 8 rebounds.
  • Portland was able to go with a smaller lineup because of the matchups in the post with Ben Wallace and Greg Monroe.  Aldridge held Monroe to only 9 points in 34 minutes, which were a Pistons team high.
  • Detroit’s bench outscored the starters 57-43
  • I’m surprised no one on the Blazers hurt their knees in the game – Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby all were out with knee injuries.
  • Jason Maxiell and DaJuan Summers were DNP-CD, while Richard Hamilton was out with a sore groin.
  • Detroit had only 1 starter play more than 30 minutes, Portland had 4.
  • Were those boos I heard when Coach K pulled Bynum for Stuckey in the 4th quarter?
  • Play of the night: Jumpball between 2 of the NBA’s shortest players in Will Bynum and Patty Mills.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day – hopefully you get to spend it with a loved one or family.  Tonight, the Pistons will face off against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd game of a 3 game homestand.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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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.