This was a finely coached game. Only three of the normal rotation players available, what do you do for offense? Nate's got two big guards and he posts them all night long. It's our only match up advantage. Then, drive to the basket and sit on the foul line. The result: a game slowed down to Blazer pace...Hard to run when you're taking the ball out of bounds after post-up hoops - buckets or short rebounds - or after foul shots. I love Miller on the block..l remember a game he played against us with Denver where he posted Steve up in the fourth quarter for about 15 points. When he attacks the basket he still sees the court...I hate it when he comes down the court, dribbles a couple times and then just shoots...lazy basketball. He didn't do much of that last night, though.
As well as Miller and Roy played, I'd give the game ball to Webster. Yes, it was Roy's game, but Webster a. had to cover players smaller and faster than he is, and then b. rebound against guys bigger than he is. I can see Nate telling him what he wanted him to do, and Webster just stepped up. He is such an incredibly talented kid, I'd like to see him get more offensive responsibility - run him off picks, set up double screens for him. I'd like to see his offense established early in the game, opening up the court for everyone else. I also think, if we rely on him more he'll get more confident and better. I don't think we've seen anything like a ceiling for him...yet. It was a great game, off to a 1-11 start, and then playing with steady determination. Again, kudos to the Blazer bench, to Roy's leadership and skills, to grit and determination, and to Nate