Yesterday I said be patient, to lets Portland’s problems breathe, and today the Blazers started addressing those issues. All indications are that Andre Miller will start tomorrow and that Jerryd Bayless could be looking at more playing time. Here’s Ben Golliver, relaying a radio report from the Oregonian’s Jason Quick, in his practice report:
Jason Quick first reported on 95.5FM last week that McMillan was looking at starting Andre Miller in place of Steve Blake. He repeated that claim today, stating on Wheels at Work that he is receiving “strong indications that Andre Miller will move into the starting lineup tomorrow night.” Quick also stated that he expects Jerryd Bayless to receive “very much more” playing time.
And here’s an interview with Miller from the Columbian’s Brian T. Smith:
On possible lineup changes:
They’ve got so much pressure on them right now with the amount of injuries, it’s an adjustment for everybody. So, we’re just going to support the coaches. And whatever decision they make, we’ll find a way to rally around each other and figure the season out.
Hoopsworld’s Travis Heath addresses the Nuggets’ interest in Joel Przybilla. Let’s just say its not too likely you see Joel in powder blue anytime soon:
As for Przybilla, he plays for a division rival making a trade less likely. That’s not to imply that division foes never swap players, but it does introduce another variable into the equation. Furthermore, the Blazers just lost Greg Oden for the season making Przybilla even more valuable to the team going forward.
And of course, here is Ben’s Full Court Press, which covers all Blazers links from the weekend up to the relatively eventful afternoon practice.
Everyone a little happier now? We still have to see how the possible changes alter the Blazers’ performance tomorrow night and beyond, but there can’t be many folks that think a little change is unhealthy for the team at this point.
UPDATE: Ben with more must-read material, this time on Portland’s ineffectiveness on shots taken at the end of the shot clock. The main problem being, the Blazers take the most shots at the end of the shot clock in the league:
Unfortunately for the Blazers, while they lead the entire league in these attempts, they convert these attempts at a lower percentage than all but 4 teams in the league. The Blazers shoot 29 percent overall on short shot clocks. For comparison, the team shoots 45% from the field overall. Their short shot clock percentage is better than only Indiana (28% on 113 attempts), Detroit (27 percent on 157 attempts), Denver (27 percent on 81 attempts) and Philadelphia (26% on 92 attempts).