â†µBut the reason Portland is down 2-1 here can be attributed to Blake's presence. More specifically, that Blake is the team's point guard is problematic ... because he cannot create shots for his teammates. The Blazers marched through the regular season with the league's most efficient offense, a simply awe-striking display of shotmaking. That's because Brandon Roy is a scoring genius, the Aldridge-Przybilla-Oden triptych owns the offensive glass and if there was an award for Most Potent Bench Duo Travis Outlaw and Rudy Fernandez would sprint to a victory. Blake hits threes, but he's a net negative for the offense. (Portland's defense is mediocre, and I personally have trouble figuring out why, so I'll abstain from blaming a specific player at this point. It should suffice to say Blake is clearly not an elite defender.)
â†µFor years, the single hole in Portland's line-up has been point guard. The Blazers reportedly chased Jason Kidd and Devin Harris last winter, and moved up to draft Jerryd Bayless in the draft. Given how frequently Brooks has lit Blake on fire, how infrequently Blake has been able to create decent shots for his teammates when Roy is locked up or struggling, and stated wonderlust the Blazers bosses have shown at the position, I feel confident in asserting that Portland will be chasing a big-name PG through trade or free agency this summer. Kidd, oddly, will be available (but old).â†µ
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