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the guards many thought could not coexist

Portland has posted a 31-12 record in the 43 games that Miller and Roy have started together this season.    That is a pretty damn nice win percentage.  In retrospect, why would so many have assumed that they couldn't play together?  Is it because both were thought to require the ball all the time to be effective, or was it that Miller didn't have a good enough long jumpshot for the inevitable Roy doubleteams, or perhaps that Macmillan's slow deliberate pace wouldn't take advantage of Miller's open court vision and skills?   Perhaps this was a problem more generated by local sports media in Portland as opposed any real tangible problem with the two skillsets that they have.

 

Miller and Roy are both solid professionals, and both are intelligent players.  Both are pllenty smart enough to realizes they need each other for any real success.  Yes, their skillsets do vary, but they really do complement one another.   It takes time and minutes together on the basketball court to build that professional trust in each other.  Having the team center position be in flux for much of the season slowed down the building of the required synergy, as the team started  the season slowly.

 

Watching the last few games, you start to realize that Miller and Roy do NOT require the ball all the time.  Both players are moving well off the ball, and the Blazers are getting more possessions that result in easy baskets.  Having a highpost center like Camby, has aided both  in their slashes to the basket with the subsequent layups, fouls or kickouts to open shooters.   This has allowed Aldridge to suddenly become more than just a jump shooter as he suddenly has realized he too will be rewarded if moves to the basket.

 

The real tell, of course, will be the playoffs.  I like what I am seeing right now.   Miller and Roy are dominating opponents guards!!

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