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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons: How and Where to Watch

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons: How and Where to Watch

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Where to Watch: NBC Sports Northwest

Where to Watch on the go: Stream the game live on the new MyTeams App

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 p.m. 

Point spread: Portland -5

NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (3:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game). 

Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio



The Trail Blazers have listed CJ McCollum (left knee) is out for Saturday’s game vs. Detroit.

The Pistons have no injuries to report.



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Blazers run out of gas in the Motor City

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Blazers run out of gas in the Motor City

It was another tough night on the road for the Trail Blazers, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons on Monday, 111-91. Is was the second night of a back-to-back for the Blazers, and it looked like fatigue caught up to them. For the Blazers, they head back home limping after going 0-3 on this road trip. For the Pistons, they have now won four in a row and are undefeated since acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers.

Final Score in Detroit: Piston 111 – Blazers 91

Ifs and buts plague Trail Blazers again in loss to Pistons

Ifs and buts plague Trail Blazers again in loss to Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – As the old saying goes, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”
And for the Portland Trail Blazers, it would be a very happy new year, too. And maybe even a playoff berth.

But there have been too many ifs. And too many buts.

And too many losses like the one Tuesday night in overtime to the Detroit Pistons. The Blazers outshot the Pistons 52.4 percent to 43.3 percent. They outrebounded Detroit and led after all of the first three quarters. They got big games from Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nerkic, who went a combined 30 for 54 from the field.

BUT … They committed 24 turnovers, many of them just out of sheer carelessness. And they could not stop Detroit’s Marcus Morris, who went for 37 points. And they were outscored 11-4 in the five-minute overtime period, when they also committed four turnovers.

And IF Lillard had been able to make a foul shot after a technical foul with a little more than 10 seconds left – his only miss of the night in six attempts – Portland likely would have won in regulation.

It ended up as just another rough loss for the Trail Blazers, who lost two out of three on a three-game road swing that took them from Florida to Canada before Michigan.

“We’ve lost a lot of close games,” said McCollum, who made 10 of 17 shots en route to 25 points.

“It’s frustrating,” admitted Lillard, who missed his first career triple-double by one assist. “But those other teams are losing so we are still in it for the last playoff spot. We have to move on and think about the next game.”

Lillard would have had his triple-double had some of his teammates made a few easy shots or even chose to take them, But the assist piece of that thing is often the toughest because you need help with it. People have to make shots after you get them the ball.

Portland had pretty good control of this game until the fourth quarter, with its lead usually swinging from 8 to 12 points.

“We had our chances,” said Terry Stotts. “Obviously the turnovers were a big part of the game.”

Nurkic got Portland a 19-19 draw in points with Detroit’s Andre Drummond and occupied him enough to keep him without a blocked shot – a rare happening, especially against the Trail Blazers.

Morris was a real handful on his way to a career-high 37 points. He knocked down 13 of 23 points and hit some big ones in overtime.

But in the end, it was just one more case of ifs and buts – in a season full of them – for the Trail Blazers.

NOTES -- Allen Crabbe came into the game having played 56 minutes in the first two games of this road trip and taken only nine shots. He was having his worst month of the season, averaging 6.9 points. He hadn’t been in double figures since Feb. 9 and had been over 10 points only twice this month. But he got 13 points, hitting five of seven from the floor in this one. … Evan Turner, sidelined with a broken hand, indicated his cast is close to being removed and he expects to be back on the court in a week. Players, however, often have a quicker timetable than their doctors. …  The Blazers return to action Thursday night in the Moda Center against Oklahoma City.

Despite heroics from CJ McCollum, Trail Blazers drop double-overtime thriller to Detroit

Despite heroics from CJ McCollum, Trail Blazers drop double-overtime thriller to Detroit

Despite a career night from Allen Crabbe and some heroic shots by CJ McCollum to force overtime and double overtime, the Trail Blazers dropped a 125-124 decision to Detroit on Sunday when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a three-pointer with 9.4 seconds left in double overtime.

Crabbe scored a career-high 30 points and McCollum finished with 35, including three-pointers in the final seconds that forced overtime and double overtime.

“A heckuva game,’’ Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams made big plays … but it’s certainly disappointing.’’

The game was played after the NBA postponned the contest one day because of icy conditions on Saturday. 

The Blazers (16-23) led 87-80 heading into the fourth quarter, but Detroit fought back and led 104-100 with under a minute left. But a three-pointer by Crabbe brought the Blazers within 104-103, and after Detroit went up 106-103, McCollum made a deep three with 8 seconds left to tie the game.

Reggie Jackson, who finished with 31 points, missed a driving layin at the regulation buzzer, and Andre Drummond’s tip in was ruled to have come after the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

The Pistons (18-21) again took a three-point lead in overtime, but McCollum again tied it, this time with a three-pointer off an inbounds pass with 22 seconds left. Jackson missed a chance to win when he missed a 20-footer against the contested defense of Evan Turner.

In double overtime, the Blazers had a 124-119 lead with 1:40 left, but they would never score again, with McCollum once again having the final shot, a running mid-range jumper that bounced off the rim in the final second.

“That was one of the best looks CJ had all night,’’ Stotts said.

Drummond finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit and Pope had 26. Mason Plumlee nearly recorded his first triple-double for the Blazers, finishing with 8 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists.

Next up: Blazers at Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (CSN)