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
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