Great game for Portland. I still think Portland should start Meyers and bring hicks on off the bench for some spark and scoring. Still give hickson starter mins but his hustle would kill most second unit centers.
Hickson should not be starting. The guy is killing on the boards, but he cannot defend the center position to save his life. As a team defender, and holding down the paint, he's awful. Add to that, centers go buck wild on him.
You don't have to give the ball to Matthews to create anything. You have Aldridge and Lillard. You go thru them. Wes Matthews is an off-the-ball player.
Interesting stat...going into last night's game, LMA, Lillard, Batum and Matthews average exactly 16APG combined...the rest of the team, combined...3.3. Daaaaamn. Not good.
About 2 minutes left in overtime, the Magic tie the game. Lillard then proceeds to take over.
These events happened on consecutive plays:
- 2 point jumper just inside the 3
- makes floater
- steals and gets the assist on the fast break
- gets another assist
Blazers suddenly up 8 with a minute left and the Magic look done.