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The most telling stats from last nights win over Miami...


...other than the "W" itself, is in minutes played per player (Trail Blazers vs Heat boxscore).When I noticed this, it really got me excited about our future:

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Other than LaMonster, Gerald Wallace had the most minutes played.  That speaks a lot to me about how Nate McMillan trusts Gerald's game, and how Nate will use him in a playoff context.  I would love to see Gerald starting sooner rather than later, his play warrants it.  I see a lot how people are chomping at the bit for Nate to start Gerald...and I agree.

Having said that, Gerald's play shouldn't be the only consideration. I think the coaches job is part general, part psychologist, and part mentor.  Knowing the right moment to start Gerald requires looking at it from a number of angles...but all for the same goal:  Keeping EVERYONE playing as well as possible going into the playoffs.

Let's ease up on Nate.  I think old Nate would have had a harder time integrating Wallace.  It seems to me that Nate is continuing to grow as a coach, and I for one am glad.

Congrats Nate...It's good to know you'll be around for a while.

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