I don't know if I should be directing this criticism at Nate or Blake, but last night was another instance of us wasting a timeout trying to inbound the ball. This seems very common for this team, when it should be a rare occurence.
It appears as though Blake is hesitant to inbound the ball, I understand being cautious, but it is something that has hurt our team this season (think Orlando game). But I don't think you can blame Blake for this because he has been put in this situation by Nate.
Why would we want our second best free throw shooter throwing the ball in? Wouldn't it make more sense for a big like Aldridge to throw the ball in? Not only does he have more size and a greater wing span, but he is also a mediocre free throw shooter and a decent passer.
Another positive is that it would probably pull a big out of the middle to contest the inbounds play; which could lead to more positive outcomes in end of game situations. I wouldn't want Outlaw or Oden to do this because of penchant for errors, but Aldridge is a capable inbounder. If he were out with foul trouble, then Blake is a good second choice.
Am I the only one who is bothered by this? Let's start discussing something other than trades (thank goodness). Go Blazers!