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Observations from tonight's game

  • Batum and Aldridge were fantastic.
  • Miller had a nice stretch in the 3rd were he just worked his smaller defender in the post repeatedly, leading to FTs, baskets, and good passes
  • Rudy was once again electric.  Not only is his 3 pointer just so dialed in right now, he's playing with more energy and passion than I've ever seen.  His court vision and flair for the highlight pass are back as well.
  • Matthews played sparingly.
  • Babbit had some nice offensive moves, but can't guard me.
  • Armon Johnson is a Nate PG all the way.  Pressuring full court, setting up the offense. He even scored well tonight, and hit a couple jumpers.
  • Bayless looked hesitant to shoot kickout 3s a few times, still dribbles the ball far too much to go nowhere, and just looks like he trying to force it too much.
  • Roy was completely out of sync.  We made concerted efforts to force feed him the ball in both halves. When we gave it to him out top on the iso or pick/roll, it was ineffective at best. He wasn't able to get to the rim, and his instead had to either hit the popper for a long 2, or pass it to reset the offense.  Worse yet, we were trying to feed him the ball in the post area, usually on a cross screen.  He couldn't even get open enough to get the ball in most cases, resulting in having to abandon the play, a forced pass, or Roy catching it far out of where they wanted to.  Nothing good happened on any of these possesions, and the offshoot was the other 3 guys standing on the weakside.
  • Conversely, the offense flourished when players were moving, and we were whipping the ball around.  Even when Roy was in, when it wasn't a Roy play, he generally stood around the perimeter, not really involved.  Meanwhile, the other players on the floor (Aldridge, Dante, Batum, Rudy most noticeably), were back cutting, making quick passes, and playing selflessly.  it was highly effective, resulting in a lot of dunks, layups, and close in attempts.  We also got out on the break very effectively, with Miller pushing the ball ahead as often as he could.  Batum and Rudy both through several alley-oops, with LMA being the main beneficiary.
  • I realize this was the Warriors, so take all that above with a grain of salt.
Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of things at this point.  I thought about Dave's question the other day about whether Andre fits the Blazers or not.  I almost wonder (and I know this is blasphemy) if the better question isn't whether or not Roy fits the Blazers?  Yes, he is unquestionably the best player on the roster.  But the rest of the roster from LMA on down the line seems to flourish in a team-centric, motion offense, and they struggle keeping aggressive and start settling for jump shots when they play iso-ball.  
So, maybe the question we need to be asking is: Do we completely rebuild the roster around Roy, which will require a LOT of moves, or would we be better off (I know this is insane), trading Roy while his value his highest, and trying to bring back an all-star talent who might fit the rest of our roster better.  I don't know the "right" answer, but it's beginning to seem like the right question to be asking to me.

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