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A lesson from Ray Allen.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy as hell about this season and proud of our team.  I'm just saying this should be one of the main yardsticks to use when considering personnel changes: 

Last year, Ray Allen was in a shooting slump in the playoffs--a bad one.  One of the greatest shooters of all time couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat.  He had to keep shooting the ones the defense forced him to take but passed up the rest.  In spite of this, he didn't allow himself to be taken out of the game even though he couldn't fulfill his primary role. 

He manned up and did enough other things to make it not suck having him on the floor.  He played D, drew charges, layed out for loose balls, drove into the teeth of the defense, and found a way to get it done.  Without naming names, I didn't see that from a few of our players this year. 

When Blazer management considers making moves in the offseason, I hope they look at which players did and didn't do that when their game wasn't there.   No matter how much talent a team has, bad shooting nights will happen, but there is no excuse for allowing that to translate to lack of heart and desire to contribute in other ways.  That won't get it done.

Go Blazers!  

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