The Portland Trail Blazers have struggled with size in the frontcourt since Deandre Ayton went down with a knee injury.
That’s put the Blazers in position to start rookie Duop Reath and to give Moses Brown some minutes with the second unit. In Monday’s loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, Brown played arguably his best game as a Blazer with a team-high 12 rebounds in 16 minutes.
“I thought Moses Brown came in and gave us some incredible, incredible minutes,” coach Chauncey Billups said. “I thought we just needed some size at the time and some rebounds and somebody that can kind of defend the rim and he did that. He did it beautifully. ... I thought his minutes were great.”
It was the first time all season that Brown has been given legitimate minutes in a game, and he shined.
The Blazers rank 26th in the NBA in rebounds per game, so having a guy like Brown, who can be a magnet on the glass could be a huge benefit for Portland. The Blazers have often played smaller than most teams this season, but giving Brown some minutes shouldn’t hurt anyone’s development and it could make things easier for the defense in the rebounding category.
When Ayton eventually returns from injury, things may be different. But for the time being, perhaps the Blazers should keep giving Brown some minutes to work with.
The Blazers are back in action on Thursday against the Utah Jazz. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at the Moda Center.