The LaMarcus Aldridge should be an All-Star tour heads to Detroit

Essentials

Teams: Portland Trailblazers at Detroit Pistons

Date: Feb. 13, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 20-34

Blazers: 29-24

Probable starters

Pistons:

Blazers:

  • Andre Miller
  • Wesley Matthews
  • Nic Batum
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Joel Przybilla

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -1.5

Over/under: 183.5

Score: Pistons win, 92.5-91

Three things to watch

1.  A big man on a tear.

LaMarcus Aldridge belongs in the All-Star game. But if getting snubbed leads to Aldridge playing at the level he’s been at the last couple weeks? I think Portland fans will be OK with that. Since the reserves were announced, he’s averaged 29 points, including games of 42 and 37 points, 9 rebounds and a block per game. The first time these teams played in November, the Pistons actually did a nice job on Aldridge, forcing him into 8-for-19 shooting, but he made up for that with 17 rebounds. Aldridge has been a good player since he entered the league, but his improvement this season has been remarkable. The Pistons just don’t have the bodies to make things tough for him right now.

2. No Roy or Camby yet.

Reports last week suggested that Brandon Roy might be ready to return from his knee injury against Detroit. My immediate reaction was that would probably give the Pistons a better chance. Roy will undoubtedly be rusty, and he would take minutes from two guys who have been playing really well in Wes Matthews and Rudy Fernandez. But according to Oregon Live, Roy is not expected to play, and Marcus Camby, also recovering from a knee injury but back to practicing, should still be out as well.

3. Pistons are all over the place after blowouts.

The loss to Miami was the 20th time the Pistons lost by double digits this season. The Pistons are 9-10 following in the 19 games following double figures defeats. Some of those losses, the Pistons have looked like they are ready to pack in their season only to come out and play really well the next night. Other times, a blowout has suggested they were primed for a three or four game losing streak. But Portland is a playoff team, and Detroit has played poorly against most playoff teams this season.

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