I am an engineer, so bear with me while I butcher an otherwise reasonable post into a few sentence fragments. Here is my question, with all of the talent the blazers have, why do we insist on playing everyone 82 games? I only mention this because we have about 15 back to backs in the regular season and none in the playoffs.
The ability to play in back to back situations is meaningless in a playoff environment, so the ability of a player to pace his play to accommodate back to backs is meaningless. This post is directed at B-Roy, (we are too thin at PF to apply this to LMA.) This would secondarily impact Rudy, Bayless and Martel, as Rudy would get the start. If we could somehow save B-Roy the wear and tear of 15 games a year, he would be 15 games fresher for when it counts.
I know there are many critics of this idea. I flew it a few years ago on the OregonLive blog where it was shot to ribbons. Critics will spout Roy's maximum contract, but I contend that the max contract is for when we pile our hopes and dreams on his back and ride him through the playoffs. The secondary criticism that I can think of is continuity and potential loses. I personally don’t think these hold that much weight. Considering we should go 10-5 with Brandon in the lineup, or 12-3 since my scenario will to select the weaker team to sit him out, how many additional losses are we going have against weak teams with Rudy starting and JB or MW backing him up? Maybe we pick up a win on the second game because Roy is fresher?
I would think Rudy, JB and Martel would show up to the dance with their A games, knowing first that they are going to see extended minutes, and second that there would be hell to pay should we lose. B-Roy could sit in street clothes and not break a sweat, except to cheer his team on. Now maybe some players would resent B-Roy for sitting out, but I would think that the desire for significant additional minutes would override any animosity. B-Roy might resent sitting out the first time or two, but sitting there is street clothes, he wouldn’t be in is game day mindset.