Seriously. I have never witnessed such terrible endgame basketball by the Blazers as I did tonight watching the Clippers game. This game was well within our grasp. The loss was on two key people: Nat McMillan and Raymond Felton.
In the closing several minutes, Wes Matthews began to play excellent defense. He stops Chris Paul on several plays, dives to floor for a ball he knocks loose from Chris Paul and gets the timeout.
The game comes back and Wes is out of the game, with Ray Felton in.
It only took one offensive and defensive possession for Felton to turn the ball over and give the lead away before he got subbed back out for Wes again. With the lead gone, Wes's spectacular defense (the main thing preserving our lead up until that point) became far less valuable to the team and of course, we could not get the lead back because our offense was clearly defunct.
I just do not understand where this substitution came from. Felton was in the midst of his worst game of the season, and Wes was defensively managing the league's best 4th quarter point guard. It was the stupidest, most idiotic, moronic, obnoxious substitution, that I have EVER seen when a game has been on the line.
Felton has to go, and that is more than obvious. But it has become clear to me that Nate will continue to make stupid errors such as tonight's, when the game is on the line. I WANT THEM BOTH GONE.