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Patty had a great night, but...

...to me, the Blazers were at their best last night during the 2nd quarter when Armon Johnson was in the game.  Johnson, who probably would not have even played were it not for Andre Miller being suspended, made the most of his minutes and recorded a couple of huge assists, in addition to playing absolutely stifling defense on Steve Nash.  Even the Suns announcers (the NBA League Pass Broadband stream was the Phoenix broadcast) conceded that it was some of the toughest coverage of Nash by any single player that they had ever seen.   The Suns offense could not get into any sort of rhythm and it was at this point that the Blazers built their largest lead of the game.  As soon as Johnson was taken out (if only because he'd finished his "shift") in favor of Mills with about 3 minutes left in the 1st half, the Blazer lead began to dissipate.

I was (and still am) a proponent of Johnson's replacement by Mills in the rotation.  Mills has a more developed offensive skill set and plays with a bit more control (and yes, he did end up being a big factor in this game too), but when a guy is as dialed in as Johnson was at that point, you've got to stick with him!

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