In shock at the absurdity of Portland's decision making in the final stages of the Houston game (late Q4 and OT)--particularly after a Nate-designed set play out of a timeout ended in a contested long j by felton--I started thinking about what PDX's best crunch time options actually are. Even though Aldridge was generally off his game in Houston, he was reasonably successful the few times he dared to actually challenge in the paint. As Dave has noted, he seems to be most successful when he posts up low and makes a quick move to the hoop with one or no dribbles. When PDX desperately needs a basket at the end of a game, i claim posting Aldridge low is by far the best route, as it opens up several attractive scoring possibilities for the team. In any case, would be curious to hear the opinions of BEdgers on this.... Please vote below, and just let me know if I've left out an obvious alternative.
what is the best scoring option for the Blazers in a late-game clutch situation?
going to LMA in the low post (55 votes)
going to LMA in the high post or outside (28 votes)
iso with Jamal (26 votes)
let felton make a play (2 votes)
get the ball to crash or nico (29 votes)
other (please discuss below) (5 votes)
145 total votes