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Eating Crow

I have to eat a little crow!  I have been very frustrated with many things Nate has been doing with this team since he arrived.  My main issues have been substitution patterns and game time decision making.  I think it is fair to say Nate has turned me around!  He has cut his rotation down eliminating Channing/Ike and now he keeps either Aldridge or Roy on the floor at all times.  This is huge for many reasons mostly because it keeps a proven offensive weapon on the floor at all times.  Thanks Nate.  He has also allowed Oden time when he stays out of foul trouble.  There are still times I think you let him play with the fouls, but regardless when Oden is free of fouls he is getting near 40 mins and his production is way up.  This has given us many more opportunities to score in the paint and forced penetrating guards to think twice prior to attacking the middle.  Game time decisions seem less important when you are winning by double digits but I even saw Bayless go for a 2 for 1 against Utah!  I have always liked Nate's character and "Sarge" mentality and now I can say I like his rotations. Hopefully Nate can continue to improve just like our team. Yay for progress!  Go Nate.  Go Portland! 

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