Blazers need to check ego's at the door
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  1. tonyspdx
    Posts: 25

    Posted 03/13/2012 4:00 PM

    The best starting lineup for the blazers is.






    First guy off the bench

    Wallace at SF\PF

    Its hard to bench a 10mill guy, but the balance of the starters is off.  The bench needs to be anchored by a vetran defensive scorer (wallace) supplimented by a SG (crawford) and a PG that doesnt need to score (Smith).  Crawfod needs to evolve his game into a standup jump shooter.  He's not that quick and doesnt finish around the basket very well, but he can nock down any jumper if he gets his feet under him. The bench needs to be short, even if you play back to back games.  This long bench, play alot of guys thing only works of you have a deep bench.  We have guys (babbit, Johnson) that just cant get it together, some reason they cant grasp ofensive/defensive rotation. 

    The only guys that bring it every night are Aldridge and C Smith. Craig Smith the best bech player we have and he doesnt get a solid rotation spot.

  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 03/14/2012 5:41 AM

    Matthews couldn't hit a Star Destroyer with a Lightsaber. Why you think Batum took his starting spot?
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. tonyspdx
    Posts: 25

    Posted 03/14/2012 8:50 AM

    So, if you put Mathews on the bench, you effectively decrease the scoring of the second unit.  Balance and a rotation that is solid.
  1. uprised
    Posts: 136

    Posted 03/14/2012 9:53 AM

    Nobody can score.  The Blazers bench it outscoring the starters lately.  Putting the two worst players on the team back in the starting lineup and benching Wallace does absolutely nothing for this team.  Particularly when GW's shooting percentage, rebounding, defense, and effort is better than Batum.  The Blazers are losing because they are getting destroyed in the first half and having to fight back from double digit deficits every single night.  Putting in an inferior starting lineup and benching a guy who is clearly a better player does nothing to help that situation.
    I am a fan of winning
  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 03/15/2012 6:25 AM

    DHawes shared a report from Chad Ford yesterday on the trade thread where Ford alleged that a mutiny had quietly been orchestrated by Crawford and Felton after getting chewed out following a film session.  Should there be any truth to this, and recent efforts suggest there is, this news goes a LONG ways in helping us make sense of what is happening.  I'm old school, and given absolute power and/or control in Nate's position, I would sit all malcontents no matter WHO they are.  Remember though, the players in this league have that absolute power (see Mike Brown, D'Antoni, etc).  Very unfortunate and why I would have rather not had a season, in favor of a complete league restructure.  The integrity of this great game has suffered enough.  Nowhere else in our society do you get paid to do a job, whether you decide to do that job or not.  Ridiculous.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. tonyspdx
    Posts: 25

    Posted 03/19/2012 4:06 PM

    since the trade

    Mathews average 15 and shooting better than 50% as a starter

    Nolan Smith average 12 and shooting better than 50%

    Felton averaging 17 and 6 and shooting better than 50%

    Jamal Still needs to take smarter shots.

    Its not rocket science.  To get balanced scoring you have to have balanced ego's

  1. Blazer247
    Posts: 591

    Posted 03/20/2012 11:48 AM

    BDawg- "Nowhere else in our society do you get paid to do a job, whether you decide to do that job or not"

            ...Other than athletes, the only examples I can think of where your production or results has no influence on your profit or benefits from the job are for politicians, lobbyists, and lawyers. Of course, all 3 of those are arguably some of the most corrupt job fields in the country, and they probably average an even LARGER paycheck than professional athletes.
    I am a fan of BLAZER BASKETBALL. Not drafts, not business, not trades, not David Stern. Just BLAZER BASKETBALL.
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