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Is beating up Parker key to winning the series?


Wright on Diaw is a bad match-up and needs to stop. Wes is not able to guard Leonard. Leonard is way too long for Wes. Batum has to stay there. Reggie Miller was right in pointing out that the Blazers have to beat up Parker. Switching Wes onto Parker was a good move for that. The head of the snake is Parker. He has to be attacked on offense as much as possible. Posting Wes against Parker early and often is a good move. If Parker guards Lillard then run Parker off picks to wear him down.

When Parker does get into the lane he must be knocked down. Post him up, make him run and knock him down. He will wear down.

The Blazers need to be a power post team to take advantage of the Spurs. LA, Wes and Lopez need to get post ups. Diaw, Splitter and Duncan are prone to pick up fouls on LA if LA is posting and taking it to the rim. We STILL have not seen a pick set for LA to get to the post.

The Spurs are an old team. The Blazers should be able to draw fouls. Getting into the penalty will help the Blazers control of the game. Getting LA in a post up with a smaller player off a high pick is a smart way to go and what the Mavs did to success against the Spurs.

The Batum and Lopez pick and roll was effective and the Blazers ought to run more of that. It is especially good if Lopez can get the ball rolling to the basket. He will draw fouls in that case.

Another key for winning this series is to control the backboards. To that end, Robinson needs to see more minutes and Mo needs to see less than he played game 1. Mo's poor defense and lack of rebounding hurts the Blazers, especially if he is not scoring. Is there a Spur that Mo can guard? Limiting the Spurs to one shot would really help the cause. Additionally, getting some more offensive rebounds would place pressure on the Spurs.

A note on Parker getting into the lane. Lopez was trying to hedge between taking the lane away from Parker or rotating to cover the mid range jumper and staying with his man. Parker has to be kept out of the middle of the lane. Stotts mentioned after game 1 that was a priority. That means a player has to rotate over to take away the lane. When that happens the teammates have to be ready to help the helper and rotate. Eventually the player who is trailing Parker has to be able to help the help the helper. We have not seen much of this sort of textbook rotation defense from the Blazers so far this season. It is going to be required to keep Parker out of the lane.

The Blazers make some adjustments, find their stroke and win Game 2. Portland can win this series.

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