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This post was one click away from being about the Blazers defensive performance last night and how it instantly changed for the better when LaMarcus Aldridge left the game with an ankle injury. And then I stopped myself and decided the focus needed to switch onto a more positive note as the real story over the last few weeks has been the coaching job of Nate McMillan (and Monty Williams).
"Your" Portland Trail Blazers are now tied for 1st in the Northwest and have won 7 of their last 10 including a 4 game winning streak against the Heat, Mavs, Spurs and Nuggets. Absolutely ridiculous. At full strength with Oden, Przybilla, Rudy, Batum, and Outlaw, I'd still be laughing had they swept through those teams. And the one constant they've had during their recent hot streak has been the coaching staff. With a guy going down almost nightly, McMillan and Williams have been tossing everything in the bag at opponents. Zones, gimmicks, lineups, and rookies have all been featured during a month that should make all Portlanders proud. Cheers Nate. Cheers Monty.
OK, I couldn't help myself. Back onto Aldridge. With him out of the game, we no longer saw half-assed rotations, half-assed double teams and gaps the size of the Grand Canyon in the lane. We saw a physical presence from rookies (Yes, rookies.) and savvy play from a former Fab Fiver. It was actually pretty refreshing. I didn't have to spend my night yelling "LaMarcus! WTF was that!?!?"
And on a semi-related note, I completely understand his importance. Please hurry back.
Recap. Box Score...
- McMillan "afraid" when players hit the floor. [Jason Quick]
- They just keep finding ways to win. [Mike Barrett]
- Media row report from Ben. [BlazersEdge]
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