POLL: Without Roy, Who Is Portland's Go-To-Guy?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 11/22/2010 11:34 AM

    Who Is Portland's Go-To-Guy Without Roy?
    LaMarcus Aldridge (36)
    Nicolas Batum (3)
    Andre Miller (30)
    Wesley Matthews (22)
    Other (1)
    After reading this article in the Columbian, it got me thinking. With Roy sidelined, who then takes the big shot in the 4th? Who do we lean on in the closing minutes to match the other team's star player? Will it be by committee or will someone rise to occasion on a nightly basis?

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Season Stats: 38.9 minutes, 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks, 45.8% field goal, 80% free-throw

    The Case: LA is posting current career-highs in points and rebounds while logging some serious minutes. Not only is he taking a more aggressive approach on offense, but his defense has seen an improvement as well. Although, 1.1 blocks per contest isn't jaw-dropping impressive, Aldridge has shown more fire on the defensive end than usual. Probably Portland's most difficult cover, at nearly 7-feet tall, LA can take his man outside, even all the way out to the three-point line, or punish his defender on the low blocks.

    Nicolas Batum

    Season Stats: 30.5 minutes, 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, 48.1% field goal, 35.3% 3-point, 73.9% free-throw

    The Case: For years, the Trail Blazers have had young players they have hoped would take the "next step" and put the skill set to use on a consistent basis. Batum finally looks like he could be that guy for Portland. He's posting career-highs in minutes, points, and rebounds. The only downside is his shooting is down across the board, which could be combined by the fact he's playing nearly 6 more minutes a night.There's not doubt he possesses the raw talent to become a legit go-to option in the clutch, but he'll once again need to make the transition to becoming a sharp-shooter, even when tired legs come upon him.

    Andre Miller

    Season Stats: 33.2 minutes, 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 2.1 steals, 46.5% field goal, 85.2% free-throw

    The Case: You know what's coming, but yet, you have no idea how to stop it. I think that pretty much sums up Andre Miller's game. Even if defenses know he can't shoot the trey, he's still able to back his man down in the post and work the pump fake or find a cranny in the defense for a surprising lay-up. Whatever the case may be, Andre Miller continues to amaze, even at age 34. He's shown during all of last year that he's capable of putting this team on his shoulders and carrying them for wins. The obvious examples are his 52 point outing in Dallas and his 35 point night to start game 1 of the playoffs in Phoenix. As durable as they come, I don't think the Trail Blazers have to worry about Miller staying on the court, which could be a key factor in making him the latest clutch performer.

    Wesley Matthews

    Season Stats: 25.1 minutes, 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 43.9% field goal, 79.1% free-throw, 43.9% 3-Point

    The Case: Without Roy, Wesley has started 3 games for the Trail Blazers and saw his numbers increase significantly, posting averages of 22 points and 5 rebounds to go along with his suffocating defense. Although a very small sample size, Wesley has proven he is much more than the defensive stopper and casual 3-point shooter he was once thought of when signed to the team back in July. Maybe most impressive has been Wesley's ability to drive the lane when the offense breaks down and get to the bucket for a layin or at owrst, a trip to the free throw line.

    After reading each player's case to be the closer while Roy gets healed up, who's your choice? Obviously there is only one Brandon Roy, but basketball is a team sport and someone's got to step up.
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  1. MichaelJames
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    Posted 11/22/2010 11:43 AM

    They all seem to be pretty solid players but if I was to choose, it be Lamarcus Aldridge. He seems to have improved over the years and he needs to step up and take the leadership role. I feel he has potential to being an all-star player. 
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 11/22/2010 12:14 PM

    It's by committee. All of these guys are good players and can be hot at any time, but this is what separates good players from great players. Great players have it turned on automatically in the last few minutes of a game, night in and night out. None of these guys have that so it's whoever is hot that night.
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  1. mario250775
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    Posted 11/22/2010 12:25 PM

    my vote : Aldridge, He is close to score 20 ppg and rebound 10rpg and I have the same opinion he has potential to be an all-star and with big shots made He can do this.

    and ...

     You know what's coming, but yet, you have no idea how to stop it.

    this short sentence describe Miller play and he also can make big shots if needed ! 

    waiting for ROY , win next games with 10-20 points up and big shot will be unnecessary ...    

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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 11/22/2010 12:50 PM

    Currently?  LA.  He, more so than any other Blazer, has the ability to get his own shot off...
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:17 PM

    we're already treating LaMarcus as the go-to guy thus far in the season a lot of the time, and i think he has enough experience and ability at the ft line to be tht guy for the time being.

    Nicolas could be that guy at some point in the future, but he's not quite there yet. i love the improvements he's been making in his game from season to season, and i still think he's only getting better.

    Andre has the experience and ability to be relied upon at the end, but sometimes i tend to get the feeling that that will only happen when he decides it will happen; when he really decides to turn it on.

    it's too small of a sampling size in the starter's role to put Wesley in that situation. yes, he's averaged 22 points in the three games, but his scoring per game has gone from 30 to 20 to 16. we really could have used more offense from him (all of them, for that matter) against utah.

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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:33 PM

    Right now the only one with the ability and the mindset seems to be Dre. Lamarcus is absolutely not a go to guy in the fourth. He's proven that time and time again. He has gotten much better improving himself getting to the basket and drawing fouls, but he still shoots long jumpers and clangs them in the 4th. Batum has a chance since I have seen him hit some really big shots on occasion, but to all of a sudden go to him would be bad, he needs to do more offensively throughout the games and we need to go to him more.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:38 PM

    Looks like Nate's putting it in Dre or Aldridge's hands:
    With a few seconds left, and the game’s tied, who are you going to?

    “To our two best players, (LaMarcus) Aldridge and (Andre) Miller,” McMillan said. “Depending on how they’re (the opponent) playing them. You go to one or the other.”

    Via the Columbian article-
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  1. EthanMoney
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:39 PM

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  1. capgun_bandit
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:42 PM

    Right now it's Aldridge. If he was 5 years younger it would probably be Miller. It's looking more and more like both Batum and Matthews could be someday, and maybe sooner than we think, but neither is there yet.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:42 PM

    Umm... in closing minutes?  I already think Andre should be more of our closer than a healthy Roy.  You can never be disappointed with Andre unless he takes a jumpshot.  The guy knows how to penetrate, while Brandon loves to be a jumpshot player.

    In the game though, LMA needs the most shots without Roy.  Mathews needs it when we have tempo, since he never fails to keep up the tempo.
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 11/22/2010 1:44 PM

    Miller, He has the experience, the crafty skills, and he can usually exploit his man in the post.
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  1. Kraydayz
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    Posted 11/22/2010 3:15 PM

    LaMarcus is great and he has done a lot for the Blazers, especially taken a back seat to Roy's fame. It has been tough to see this happen over the last 4 seasons being an LA fan. The time is now for him to keep his game consistent, as always, and take that leader role. With Matthews, Batum, Miller, and Camby, we have a starting five to get us to the playoffs, maybe past the first round!
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  1. blazerdarren77
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    Posted 11/22/2010 4:21 PM

    Although LA has the ability to be the go to guy it's dre who has hit the big shots in recent games. He can either create a shot or draw the defense to him where he can feed it to either LA inside or wes, nic, or rudy on the perimeter.
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  1. KoopaTroopa
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    Posted 11/22/2010 5:51 PM

    My vote is for Andre just because he has shown that he wants it.
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  1. alex42083
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    Posted 11/22/2010 5:53 PM

    Posted By blazerfan77 on 11/22/2010 4:21 PM
    Although LA has the ability to be the go to guy it's dre who has hit the big shots in recent games. He can either create a shot or draw the defense to him where he can feed it to either LA inside or wes, nic, or rudy on the perimeter.


    LaMarcus SHOULD be the go-to guy since we are paying him to be that sort of player. But I'd rather have the ball in Andre's hands since he is great at creating for others or otherwise, drawing the foul and getting to the line.

    It would be so much easier, though, to have B-Roy and give him the ball, and let him do his thing. Hopefully when he comes back, he can return to somewhat of his former self and be able to be that closer.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 11/22/2010 7:38 PM

    I picked Andre just due to the fact he does not seem to lose his knickers when he gets double teamed. L.A. has not showed me that yet. My question is though does our first round draft pick sit on the bench during practice too? I thought we went after a shooter? I guess we just drafted a guy so he can sit on the bench for 3 years so we can trade him to another team (where he will flourish)for a guy in spain who will never play in the NBA. 
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  1. Morgan.Edeler
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    Posted 11/22/2010 7:46 PM

    L.A. can tear it up, but wes FOR SURE!!! :)
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  1. Michelle Davis
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    Posted 11/22/2010 9:55 PM

    I think you should play mathews for 7 min start then bring out roy play for 7 to 8 min and alternate this would give roy a break and give us a stronger beanch and allow the rest of the starters to step up.
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 11/22/2010 10:34 PM

    If were talking tied ball game: Miller. Aldridge isn't that last second shot guy, you can ride him for almost the whole game he'll beat on you the whole game but he's not a KO guy. 
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  1. arnielquimpan
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    Posted 11/23/2010 8:07 AM

    you must include rudy fernandez in the choice line!!!!!!

    he is the answer!!!!
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  1. arnielquimpan
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    Posted 11/23/2010 8:08 AM

    rudy fernandez...
    if the commitee give him the playing time the the ball!!!!
    the blazers will win!!
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  1. MichaelJames
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    Posted 11/23/2010 8:29 AM

    They are always unpredictable when it comes to a go to guy, you never know who it's going to be, whoever has the hot hand. One night Wesley is the man, (30 pts in memphis) another night it's Miller with his miracle shots lol and Alrdidge who finishes the fastbreak with a alley-oop dunk which gets the Blazer fans roaring and his fade away jumper is deadly. Seems to be a different hero everynight. But I notice Lamarcus almost always has a solid night with a double-double and he seems to be improving his game.  
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  1. mastersolo3
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    Posted 11/23/2010 2:34 PM

    right now i dont htink we have one. LA isnt quite there, he needs to better his inside game before hes a "go to guy." getting a pure shooter would help him dramatically, so when they do double him he can pass it off to a reliable shooter. Batum could be someday but right now if you put a good defender on him it stalls him. Miller also could be but sometimes he tries to do to much. and hes not quite big enough or athletic enough to shake someone and finish hard at the rim. Matthews - im not sure hes ready to be ago to guy, in utah he gas darren and carlos in front of him, and for that matter when he was on the court for utah he was there to be a defender not a scorer, its been 3 games that he has been asked to be a scorer so i guess he could be, but it will come with him maturing in his role. So all in all for now it comes down to whos hot...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 11/23/2010 8:25 PM

    Wesley has shown a nice dribble drive game and is so "built" that he can overpower his man in the post. If he can continue to progress on his offensive moves, and fine tune his long range shot, he could be the guy. I really don't think he has many holes to his game, rather just needs to sew up a few patches every once in a while.
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  1. Tom Weaver
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    Posted 11/23/2010 9:56 PM

    1. Andre to the hoop!!!
    2. LA
    3. Mathews has the fire in his eyes
    4. RUDY
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  1. Napoleon7
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    Posted 11/23/2010 10:02 PM

    I vote Aldridge although without Roy Andre will be relied upon.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 11/24/2010 2:43 PM

    Aldridge without a doubt, Wesley Matthews is a 2nd year player who still has yet to prove himself in my book.
    SO i go Aldridge because as i have said before, Its Roy's team, but Aldridge is standing right up there with him on that one.
    The thing is, these players, should of already stepped it up. I know Andre has been doin some work but the shots he is taking are contested, runners, leaners, how theyre going in is beyond me.
    Batum, i mean this guy should be Flying grabbing boards and easily puttin up 20 a night.
    I just want to now what are they waiting for, how many more players are they going to lose before this team gets the picture.
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