Coach Nate McMillan: Blazers To Stick With Same Starting Lineup Vs. Wizards

Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said after practice on Monday that he will not change his starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Washington Wizards.

McMillan said following Saturday's double overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks that he would consider re-evaluating his starting lineup, potentially by replacing starting point guard Raymond Felton with reserve guard Jamal Crawford.

On Monday, McMillan said of starting point guard Raymond Felton: "I think he's the best guy at that position."

"Every time I substitute it's a different group out there," McMillan continued, saying that his attention is on Portland's late-game lineups given their struggles closing out game. "What we have to do is see some consistency from each other in order to really make a change. There are a lot of guys that are struggling, but I haven't seen a lot of consistency from us. We have to just try to work through this. Part of what we've seen is not so much the start but the finish. That's a big part of winning games. Our record right now is 1-9 in games decided by 5 [points or less]."

Crawford met with McMillan in his office after practice.

Blazers center Marcus Camby, who suffered a bruised right ankle during the Mavericks game, sat out Monday's practice for "extra rest" and said he will be "good to go" on Tuesday.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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