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Trail Blazers Look To Avenge Early Season Loss To Pistons

  1. Written by: erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5.0

    On Saturday the Trail Blazers (30-34) will close out their home stand against the Detroit Pistons (23-44). Tip-off is set for 7PM and will be shown on CSNNW. The game can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM.

        •    The Trail Blazer will be looking to avenge a November loss at the hands of these Pistons on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had one of his better performances of the year, scoring 32 points, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with three steals and three blocks. Along with Aldridge, Wesley Matthews pitched in 19 points, but the Trail Blazers trailed for nearly the entire game as the Pistons were able to keep them at arms length for most of the night. The Pistons won by seven, but the game wasn't that close for much of, as the Pistons did as they pleased on the offensive end. They shot 51 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line with Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler doing most of the damage. Brandon Knight is listed as questionable after he sprained his right ankle against Utah earlier this week. As far as the Trail Blazers injuries are concerned, Victor Claver continues to recuperate from his sprained ankle but will not be available for Saturday's game.
    •    Damian Lillard continues his fantastic play since the All-Star break. After Thursday's 26 point, 11 rebound performance against the Knicks, Lillard has now scored 20 points or more in eight games. During that eight game stretch, Lillard is averaging 24.8 points and 6.6 assists on 54.5 percent shooting and 46 percent from deep. In addition to that, Lillard is averaging only two turnovers per game in that stretch. Lillard's assist to turnover ratio before this recent stretch of great play was 2.14 and has been 3.31 during the last eight games. He's scoring more efficiently and getting his teammates involved in more a efficient way than he has all season.

       •    The Pistons have lost their last seven games and are struggling health wise. Brandon Knight will likely miss tomorrow's game and Andre Drummond, the dynamic rookie big man, has been out for several weeks as he deals with with a stress related back injury. As far as players the Trail Blazers need to worry about on the Pistons end, Jose Calderon is likely at the top of the list. Along with Calderon in the pick and roll, Greg Monroe is a skilled center, Rodney Stuckey can get to the basket and Medford-native Kyle Singler is a solid forward. The Pistons were able to get whatever they wanted in the previous match-up, but the Trail Blazers must get off to a better defensive start this time around. Unlike the Knicks, against whom the Trail Blazers were able to erase a tough start, the Pistons are likely more equipped to keep a lead. Even without Brandon Knight, they will present a challenge and Will Bynum has been known to get hot very quickly off the Detroit bench.

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