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Blazers 1st Team vs 2nd Team

Nate confirmed the starting lineup for training camp again today.  Link

The starting lineup will almost certainly change by opening night. But imagine the first scrimmage at training camp ...  Blake vs Miller, GO vs Joel, Webster vs Batum ... starting spots at stake.

This will very likely also be the lineup for at least one half of the Wells Fargo FanFest, which could be better than the first pre-season game - Portland vs Sacramento.

1st team:    2nd team:

Blake          Miller

Roy            Rudy

Joel           Oden

LMA          Outlaw

Batum       Webster

 If you are the coach of the 2nd team -- what's your strategy? What would you do to beat Nate and the 1st team?

I like the 2nd team's chances on offense. I'd post up Miller, swing the ball around the perimeter to Rudy and Webster, have GO and Rudy play some inside-outside, ally-oop and pick & roll between Miller and Oden (hey, there's 4 days to teach Greg to actually set a pick before rolling), let Rudy run Roy around in circles until he's too tired to drive to the hoop at the other end, and when all else fails have Trout shoot jump shots over whoever is close to him. Oh, and most importantly, RUN RUN RUN. 

What's the defensive assignments? How do we contain Roy and LMA?  Looks like plenty of zone to me. Make them beat us from outside? Trap Brandon whenever possible and give Batum shots? Slide Greg over on LMA if he drops deep into the paint?  Or ... maybe we will just have to outscore them ...

How would you beat Nate and the 1st team?

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