I've already seen some great games this year while watching the Blazers, and one of the best I've seen this season was played with a HUGE lineup- AND it was played against the Dallas Mavericks. Here's what I would do if I were coach McMillan:
Bench- If Wesley is going cold, try Brandon Roy in the SG spot. Get a good groove in the paint going, then bring Gerald Wallace to the PF spot to give LA a rest, put Rudy Fernandez at SF to get a decent 3-point shooter in. Bring Patty Mills in at the PG spot around the 3-minute mark in the 1st quarter to give Andre Miller a break. Around the one-minute mark, put LA back in and give Gerald Wallace a rest at 2 minutes, and get Wesley Matthews in for Brandon Roy.
Defense- The Blazers Defense cannot sit back on their heels while guarding this Mavs team, especially when they are guarding Dirk Nowitski, who is one of the most versatile players in the NBA. They have to get a hand in the shooter's face and guard that net with their lives. Good defense wins championships: if they don't score, they don't win. Hold the Mavs under 92, and don't let their FG% go above 48%. This hard-nosed defense is good, but it may lead to...
Early Fouls/Foul Trouble Later in Game- Nate McMillan CANNOT let two early fouls on one player phase him. ESPN analysts studied players in foul trouble, and they found that early fouls don't necessarily improve a player's risk of fouling out late in a game. If a player is hot, but picks up two or even three early fouls, don't yank him. As for foul trouble late in a game, if the player is doing well, but has four or five fouls, you can yank him or leave him in. It all depends on the player; if Gerald Wallace or LA has seven points in the fourth quarter early, but has four fouls, leave them in. If they pick up a fifth foul, yank them. You don't want an influential player fouling out early in the fourth quarter, that would definitely dent the moral level in the game, but the Mavs would gain momentum and ultimately make it past us in the first round.
This next game is going to be make it or break it for the Blazers. A loss here would mean no quarter finals, no semi finals, and ultimately, no NBA finals and NO CHAMPIONSHIP.