One of my hopes with the younger brigade of Blazers coming through (Will, CJ, AC and to a lesser extent Meyers), is that they can become solid enough rotational players that our starters won't be so worried about getting in foul trouble. The one thing that made Portland's defense appear worse than it was was the fact they forced so few turnovers. So even though they kept the opposition to a reasonable FG%, the fact that opponents were taking so many FGA ultimately hurt them. If the young guys can play to a solid level then guys like Wes, Dame and Nic can go after it more aggressively on the defensive end knowing it won't be a disaster if they have to sit a few extra minutes with foul trouble.
Good to see T-Rob playing well, he made good strides in the second half of last season. Also good to see that other than the Clippers adding Hawes, none of the teams that finished above us in the regular season have added significant pieces.
Meyers And Crabbe play over 30 mins and we beat a probable East playoff team... Gee the East is sad. Good win blazers.
Meyers was more than serviceable today. He cleaned up the defensive glass, made a couple of shots, and generally did ok on defense. Only knock was that a couple of times he passed up wide open looks when he should have pulled the trigger, although that's understandable given that he wouldn't want to be seen as taking shots out of place. Definitely think that like Crabbe, if he gets a few more starts with LMA missing then he will settle in and have the confidence to take those shots. Personally, I think it's a bit frustrating that Blazer fans seem intent on bagging him out for his struggles in earlier years and refuse to acknowledge that he's actually making some strides in terms of development. As a 7 footer who has range out to the 3pt line he already has 2 assets which are highly sought after in this league, length and shooting range. On the other hand, t-rob has is both undersized and lacks an outside shot. Don't think he can flourish in the Stotts offense if he can't make a shot. Remember, the Blazers went after Hawes as their number 1 off season target, a 7 foot outside shooting big man, so if Meyers can somewhat immitate what Hawes brings then I think we should be happy that he's showing improvement.