Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers loss to the Detroit Pistons

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Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers loss to the Detroit Pistons originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com

An extremely late scratch, an extremely rough shooting night, and an extremely close game until the fourth quarter – that pretty much sums up Saturday's Trail Blazers and Pistons game.

Before Saturday's game, the focus was on the Blazers defensive attack against the Pistons twin towers of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, but that all changed just minutes before tip-off.

The Blazers and Pistons were close throughout, but in the end Detroit was too much for Portland in the Blazers' second night of a back-to-back. The Pistons defeated the Blazers 99-90 in Detroit.

Portland is now 4-7 in the second game of back-to-back situations this season.

Final Box Score: Pistons 99, Trail Blazers 90

 

Here are some quick thoughts as the Blazers' six-game winning streak is snapped:

1. Griffin a late scratch

The Pistons announced right before tip-off that Blake Griffin would not be playing on Saturday night due to a sore left knee. Thon Maker got the start in place of Griffin.

Detroit struggled to score in the first half without their big man, who is averaging 24.7 points this season.

With no Griffin, all eyes were on Blazers center Enes Kanter and Pistons center Andre Drummond. The key matchup down low was the most interesting part of the game. In Kanter's third straight start in place of the injured Jusuf Nurkic (left leg), he had an efficient night where it was not a good shooting night as a whole for either team.

The Blazers center notched a double-double midway through the second quarter. For the game, he shot 9-of-17 from the field for 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds.

As for Drummond, he was gobbling up rebounds all night, per usual. But, it was his late offensive heroics that kept the Pistons in the game and helped them secure the victory.

2. Low scoring affair

The first quarter was one of the worst offensive quarters most NBA fans have seen as of late. The Pistons started the game 0-for-13 from the field and made just three field goals for the quarter.

Just three field goals!

The Blazers went 7-of-27 in the first quarter and had a 14-11 lead. Luckily, the shooting picked up by both teams, but not by much.

3. Fatigue a factor?

There were plenty of Blazers shots that fell just short in the final quarter. It was game No. 75 and the second night of a back-to-back for the Blazers and it showed, particularly in the fourth.  

The players would never make an excuse that they were tired, but it was really one of those games where the Blazers looked sluggish and could not knock down wide-open shots.

When Damian Lillard shoots 8-of-25, that's when you know it was an awful shooting night for Portland.

This is a game where you just want to forget it and move onto the next one.

NEXT UP: The Trail Blazers visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night with a 5:00pm PT start time. Our pregame coverage tips off at 4:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest.

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