Team identity

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  1. mook

    mook The 2018-19 season was the best I've seen

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    Even after just one preseason game, you can tell Portland is going to have a different identity this year.

    Starters: Two Smalls, Two Bigs Dame and CJ chuck. We've seen this act before, and it's a rerun I'm always happy to watch. The difference is inside. Zach & Whiteside rebound and defend the rim. It might be harder to get a dunk against these guys than any tandem in the league this side of Philly. And they will punish on the boards with vastly superior length. If your team's bigs hit lots of threes, you stand a good chance of beating us. If not, well, good luck. Because they aren't scoring or rebounding inside. Our small forward will have to be Mr Fixit, adding defense or shooting depending on matchup. But he'll be the afterthought on the scouting report no matter who we go with.
    Key question: Can anybody throw a lob?

    Bench: Run like hell. It seems clear to me Hezonja has a real knack for pushing the ball, and the second unit is going to move. A lot. Bazemore presses a lot more than I expected on both ends of the court. (I forgot that a 3 & D guy could also have a handle after so many years of Aminu and Hark.) Simons may not be a distributor but jesus the guy has a quick release and an aggressive mindset.
    Key question: I like the addition of Gasol, but can he fit at all with this identity? Will he be mostly health/foul insurance for Zach and Whiteside?
     
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    ABM Happily Married In Music City, USA!

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    I really hope Terry doesn't muzzle Mario and Baze too much. Both of em will make mistakes but it comes with a faster pace, which we desperately need. We need easier baskets and if the bench can do that for 20 mpg, we'll be much better for it.
     
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    SIeepwalker The lone sane poster

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    That's what I thought too
     
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    Gasol might not be the athlete he once was, but he's still our best ball handler, passer of all our true bigs. Good outlet passer and can trail the play and hit a 3 or be that swing passer out top.

    Think he's going to mesh really well with our bench units.
     
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    Im not sure about ball handling with Gasol, he takes very safe dribbles which is good, but I agree with the rest. I think Skal probably has the best handles.
     
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    Whiteside and Collins work great defensively against a team starting Plumlee and Milsap, but I wonder how they will do against more agile and quicker guys?
     
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    Stotts has never really been one to be a control freak as players often praise him for the freedom he allows.
     
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    Is it safe to say that Mario is actually our back up PG to Dame?
     
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    I like Baze's energy, but I have a feeling he's going to a guy that ends up wasting a lot of possessions calling his own number. It's gonna be a mixed bag.
     
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    theprunetang Bow down before Simons; basketball Jesus.

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    I think Baze will be a fan favorite. He's scrappy. Anyone notice that he got 6 steals in that Denver game?
     
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    I did. I know he not as big but he reminds me some of Mercy Kersey with his energy and knack for the passing lanes. I remember when Jerome was a rookie and when he came in, its was his energy, defense and wing play that flashed the field.
     
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    I was impressed with the potential Naz showed. And it may not be long. Better handles than I thought he had.
     
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    I don't take much from the first rust game of preseason with all the new guys.....chemistry...Stotts will tinker up until the all-star break and this will be addition by subtraction for rotation spots. From last night I think Mario, Nas and Skal opened some eyes...they know Baze, Hood, Simons, Collins and Hassan will round into form...Hassan was favoring his foot from the start.
     

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