50 games into the season I consider this team very successful. I really didn't expect to get this record, I thought we would struggle to get a last minute 8th seed for the playoffs, and it looks like we can hope to have home court advantage.
Before the season I expected Rudy to have less impact than he's having, Batum to be a non-factor on his rookie season, Blake to diminish his role and Sergio to disappear with the addition of Bayless, Joel to have much less impact... I couldn't imagine this kind of competition and this amount of wins.
But I don't like many of the plays I see during the games.
I see too many ill advised shots, I see Roy going 1 on 4 too many times, I notice that LaMarcus never looks back to the perimeter when he gets the ball and many times the guy who passed to him is wide open for a three, I shout at the screen when I see a 40% 3pt shooter wide open going against 2 defenders instead of just shooting the ball, I want to cry when I see a guy jumping and waving his arms wide open on the corner and the ball doesn't get there.
I think this team has too many resources to allow players to do that. I don't see players cutting when Greg gets the ball, I don't see enough Roy-LA pick'n'rolls, I think that Roy just forgot how to play without the ball. I don't have confindence watching this guys play, they have a 31-19 record but they don't look confident, they can win any team but they look like they can lose to anybody too.
If you watch a Spurs game you can see Popovich switching lineups and making constant adjustments that make their players stay alert and focused and win games thanks to that. If you watch Lakers post games you can see how Phil Jackson tries to boost his players' confidence. When D'Antoni was coaching the Suns every player knew his role and his playing time and they did what they had to do to boost their team to its best. But when you watch Blazers games Nate seems to get it all wrong, get players out of rythm, pull young players off the game when they make some mistake instead of letting them learn off their mistakes and make it up for them. He is extremely predictable and with his rotation "patterns" makes things easier to other coaches, it only takes 5 minutes to make a scouting report of the team, it's the players who win games and that's why we can't win most games against .500 teams, because they can play some basketball instead of just relying on raw talent. Try to name 5 teams with more talented players than the Blazers, I'm sure you can't.
Please, share the way you feel about Nate and How do you think this team can improve, but please try to be respectful with other people opinions and don't take any part of this post personally, it's just my point of view and I'd love to know about yours.
PS. I'd also thank you if you tell me any mistake you spot in this text, I'd love to improve my english.