The year of Terry Stotts
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 08/28/2013 8:51 AM

    I believe with our roster this season it's Terry Stotts year to take it to the next level as a head coach. He has the toolbox now to shuffle his massive playbook and exploit mismatches. After hiring Tibbetts as an assistant he got rid of the coordinator labels for assistant coaches, now they are all just referred to as "coaches" With a full training camp and enough guys who've played a season in his system, this should be a playoff year. We'll soon find out just how good he is. I'm excited for his brand of basketball to rise to the top. I don't think of him as a stop gap coach or a rental. Brooks, Jackson and Spoelstra all went under the magnifying glass when they started out as head coaches and all have exceeded the expectations critics had for them. Stotts is part of that new movement of younger coaches that are not the name brand guys we've seen for decades in the league. I expect success from the coach this season. Keep the D"Antonis and Van Gundy's of the league, I like the new guy.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/28/2013 10:01 AM

    Stotts has Championship pedigree. He was the man most instrumental in Dallas' offensive schemes. Its defense thats going to get us the glory. Everyone on the team has to buy into that mindset. It starts with Lillard. The head of the snake. If he comes out hungry on D,the squad will follow suit. I think it did him a world of good being around Tom Thibideau, who i think is probably the best defensive mind in the game.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 08/28/2013 10:38 AM

    Have a feeling we will hear Nate Tibbets name come up a LOT.. Think as a team our defense will be much improved from last season..


    I agree 110% with CTs whole comment about Lillard.

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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 08/29/2013 2:53 PM

    Coach Nate is more inclined to coach team defense than Canales did last year. This is already a step up and is clearly something we needed from day 1. Stotts is an offensive genius (as I've said before) and now has a capable assistant who was successful in the D-league and will bring fresh insight and perspective. Lopez and Lillard are going to be the key players on defense. Lillard is the 1st line of defense and Lopez is the last. LA and Wes can now play that aggressive style they like because they have help and capable guys to come off the bench. 

    I am a fan of shouting Batuuuuuum-Shaka-Laka whenever Nic hits a 3!!!!!
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/29/2013 7:12 PM

    And Batum can go back to being Batum. Chase down blocks and 3's.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 08/30/2013 12:34 AM

    Coach Stotts has to be an excited guy. The Blazers made some killer moves this summer and really reinforced this Blazers lineup. He can play small, he can play big, he can just go into launch mode and set up 3 point shots all game. He doesn't just have to say throw it to Aldridge and play defense anymore. He might be able to run some legitimate basketball plays next season!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. D Licious
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    Posted 08/30/2013 8:39 AM

    With no bench and a rookie point..  Stotts rode our starters with no center to 33-35 record before the train wreck finish..  We will now see what Terry can do..  If I know Paul Allen the clock is now ticking for results.


    Neil delivered shooters and a legit center, its in his hands now.


    Watson was nice but Mo was HUGE for Stotts.. Jason Terryish dare I say?

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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 08/30/2013 2:26 PM

    I must admit, I am curious as to how Stotts will integrate both Mcollum and Mo Williams into the offense. I think they are both excellent shooters and despite being undersized can attack the paint and give defenders real headaches. But somehow I am skeptical enough to think McCollum will be more of a jump shooter than anything and will probably play a similar role in the offense to what Wes does now. 


    Id like to see him used as a second ball handler and run some of the pick and roll with our bigs. Lopez will set good screens and provide him with space to get his shots off. Whether Stotts has something specific planned for them both remains to be seen but I think both can be the spark which our bench sorely lacked last year.

    I am a fan of shouting Batuuuuuum-Shaka-Laka whenever Nic hits a 3!!!!!
  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 08/30/2013 3:25 PM

    I'm with commontongue on this.  Defense will determine where the Blazers end up at season's end.  Portland was abused on defending the pick-n-roll last season.  We saw it over an over, aggressivly sending the defender of the pick out at the opposing teams PG.  The Blazers did this more often than virtually any team in the NBA.  The problem was that if the opposing PG was able to dribble or pass out of that, the Blazers had no one in position to defend inside the paint.  This problem was exaserbated by the poor timing and court awairness, which led to poor rotations, and often times no rotation at all.  It was a dunk fest at Portland's expense, earning them the distinction as worst at defending the pick-n-roll.

     

    In fact, Zach Lowe on an article on Grantland, pointed out that Portland correctly exicuted defending that play about 80% of the time... and still failed miserably.  The Blazers simply lacked experience, court awareness, and cohesion.

     

    There is hope however.  Stotts is said to be scrapping that aggressive style of defending the pick and roll for a more conservative approach, one where the defender of the guy setting the pick will linger, and keeping side pick-and-rolls to one side of the court (not allowing the ball handler to cut to the middle).  This concedes an open, mid-ranged jumper now and again if the pick is effective.  But on the plus side, the season of the dunk fest is done.

     

    Lopez is very effective at lingering closer to the paint, and far superior than Hickson is as a defender. It's much easier to be aware of one's surroundings when you aren't rushing at the ball and losing sight of everything behind you.  But the effectiveness of this change relies too on the team being more in tune with each other, practicing together, and improving their individual defense.  I also think the reduction in starter minutes will certainly be a significant factor toward the committment to playing agressive defense.

     

    If the Blazers and Stotts can at least become decent, or even average, at defending the pick-and-roll this season, Portland is a virtual lock for a playoff spot, and the warmth under Stotts' hot seat will certainly drop a few degrees.

  1. riverman
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    Posted 08/30/2013 5:45 PM

    Not only has Stotts won a championship, he also was Karl's lead asst in Seattle where he coached Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Nate McMillan, Detleff Schrempf and that was a pretty good defensive team. Some would say elite. Sometimes you can lead a horse to water but they need to drink. I remember seeing Stotts get really angry last season a couple of times at JJ for being out of position and not rotating to provide help. Stotts has a well deserved rep as an offensive innovator but he also knows what defense is. This is not Mike D'Antoni. I think people forget he taught Gary Payton and Nate McMillan when they were players. No reason he's not going to have the same success here.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/30/2013 10:38 PM

    Good point riverman.

    Exactly Blazerfanatic.

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 08/31/2013 2:01 AM

    Excellent point River. I think it's important to note that both Payton and McMillan were committed to tough defense. They spear headed the defensive force in Seattle and that is what we need. It's not only on one guy and while it's a team wide thing, we need our guards to set that tone. We have good size at the point in Lillard (6'3) and at the SF in Batum and Wright 6'8 and 6'9 respectively. And with despite Wes being just 6'5 he is still a defensive force when healthy and fresh. It starts with the perimeter guys giving their men trouble. That leads to mistakes, indecision on the part of opposition ball handlers and ultimately will lead to turnovers and transition buckets a la Miami Heat. 


    Fanatic makes a great point about the guys getting to know each other. I think our starters will have less issues this year because of the extended minutes they played together last year and with good veterans in Wright and Mo we have guys who will be able to hold the younger guys accountable and will be good tutors in the gym. It's not just on Stotts and Thibbets. It now falls into the hands of the players. 

    I am a fan of shouting Batuuuuuum-Shaka-Laka whenever Nic hits a 3!!!!!
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/31/2013 9:43 AM

    Anyone remember the Florida college squad that used to substitute the whole starting five for the second starting five ? I think it was Coach Donovan. He'd pull all five starters and the bench came in and wreaked havoc. Not that i think it would happen but Stotts now has the option of doing the same. Mo,McCollum,Wright Robinson,Leonard.

    Or Mo,Wright,Claver,T-Rob and Leonard

    Or Mo,Crabbe,Wright,Robinson,Freeland.

    As long as there is a combo of Mo and Wright on the floor, we'll have firepower.

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 08/31/2013 12:19 PM

    I like the use of 5 in 5 out when you have the depth. Popovic has done that many times as well
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
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