The article is a good read and had some very intersting stats regarding the Blazers D last season. O fnot eot me was the following quote.
"Between the low rebounds and the infrequent steals, the Blazers were the league's second easiest team to get shots against, surrendering 0.99 shots per opponent possession.
But with all the long arms on the Blazer roster, opponents tended to miss the shots they took. Portland ranked eighth in opponent shooting percentage and ninth in opponent true shooting percentage, negating some of the advantage of all those shot attempts and placing them a respectable 17th in defensive efficiency overall."
That's right we were one the easiest teams to get a shot up against but most of those shots weren't very good. Nate's defsnise coaching was impressive one and done making sure that one shot was a contested shot.
Later Hollinger made some inconsistent remarks. "Long term, of course, Portland's youth is a major advantage, as several players are likely to improve rapidly in coming seasons. But with only two rotation players older than 25, it could be an impediment this season."
Hello you just finished praising their veteran playing ability witht he youthful tema but now thier youth becomes a question mark. Anyhow, this was a better than average team report.