maybe its been present all season and i am just noticing it more now that the Blazers are losing. maybe is has to do with sergio not playing and there not being any sergio-rudy alley oops and stuff.
But whats killed me about the Blazers this series has been the complete lack of ball movement. The way the Rockets work the ball around the perimeter allowing Yao to set and repost is a joy to watch. Blazer possessions usually consist of Steve or BRoy dribbling for 15 seconds, and then whomever they pass it to chucking up a shot.
Rudy and Trout shoot the ball just about every time they catch the ball. I am really hard on Trout, but I have to point this out. I just watched the 2nd half again, I counted the number of times he passed the ball. Not assists. Literally, the number of times he caught it and just passed it to a teammate. 3. He passed the ball 3 times in the 2nd half, while going 1-6 from the floor with a turnover. 3 passes from our 3rd leading scorer in the 2nd half of the most important game of the season. Not a good sign for the offense.
Rudy was almost as bad, although I do notice him looking inside a lot more than Trout. (Actually Rudy does probably a better job than anyone of looking for Greg on the inside).
A few other thoughts on the game: BROY did not box out Kyle Lowry on the possession Lowry got the offensive rebound and was fouled by Blake. It was a long rebound, and Lowry made a nice play, but BRoy has to box him out. He just stood and watched. LA did not box out Landry one time on the rebound to the far side. Landry's other offensive rebound late was impressive, where LA actually did box him out but the rebound went long and Landry beat LA and BRoy to the ball.
The more I watch the more it occurs to me that the Rockets are just a really really tough matchup. Our centers are great against every center in the NBA......except Yao. As a result, LA has to help out soooo much, and their 4 guys are just absolutely killing us.