Team Records: Detroit (23-41) at Portland (42-20)
Game Info: 7 PM-TV on CSNNW, Radio on 620 AM
Vegas Line: Portland -8.5
Refs: Bill Kennedy, Bennie Adams, Brent Barnaky
The Skinny: The Blazers look to continue their recent run of success against the woeful Pistons, who have lost eight games in a row. The Pistons have not won a road game since February 10 in Charlotte. After the post-Josh Smith bump this team has gone straight downhill since.
Last Time They Met: The Blazers rode 23 points and 11 rebounds from LMA to a 98-86 win in Detroit. Portland is 10-2 in their last 12 games against the Pistons.
Projected Pistons Lineup:
PF-Greg Monroe (Georgetown-5th Season)-16 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2 APG.
SF-Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky-13th Season)-7.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG.
C-Andre Drummond (Connecticut-3rd Season)-13.1 PPG, 13.4 RPG, .6 APG
SG-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia-2nd Season)-12.2 PPG, 3 RPG, 1.2 APG.
PG-Reggie Jackson (Boston College-4th Season)-13.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.7 APG.
Player to Watch: Greg Monroe (Pictured at right)-When Josh Smith signed with the Pistons before last season, one person was clearly the odd man out. That person was Greg Monroe. Having been a near automatic double double his fist few seasons, Monroe was going to be buried behind Smith and the emerging stud that is Andre Drummond. This is perhaps why Drummond chose to sign a qualifying offer this summer, which pretty much means that you will be gone the following offseason. After Smith was waived, however, Drummond took off. It still seems unlikely that he’ll be in Detroit come October but he’s certainly made himself a fair bit of money in the free agency market regardless.
Did You Know?: The Detroit Pistons are 18-18 since starting the season 5-23 but that is misleading as they have lost eight in a row and are only 2-8 since teh all-star break.
Song of the Day: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell-Detroit has a great history of amazing music. This song is among the best this city has ever produced. Enjoy:
Portland: Out-SG Wesley Matthews (Achilles)
Detroit: Out-PG Brandon Jennings (Achilles)
Re-Evaluating Detroit: Stuck in NBA Purgatory
Here’s the thing about the NBA. You want to either be really bad, or really good. Being just barely good enough to make the playoffs isn’t likely to get you much up the food chain, although what Detroit is doing, not quite being a playoff contender but finishing in the back half of the lottery every year, doesn’t help either. It also doesn’t help when the low chance that Detroit was going to lose their pick last summer actually happened as Cleveland jumped to the #1 spot. Even when things go well, something happens like Jennings getting hurt. You’d hope good times are ahead for Detroit but for now, they are stuck in NBA purgatory.
The Bottom Line:
Portland wins if: They don’t let Detroit think they can win. Losing is something the Pistons are used to nowadays. If the Blazers can bury them early, the Pistons will likely give up and allow the Blazers to roll to an easy win.
Detroit wins if: They hold Portland under 90 points. Detroit is a bad offensive team. If they can’t hold Portland under 90, they have next to no shot of winning.