Here’s Damian Lillard up top receiving a screen from Aminu. As the switch happens, Holiday continues to pressure Dame. He is never worried about the fact that Aminu is wide open. And this is why.
The Blazers can beat anyone if CJ or Damian get hot but beyond them there is no shooting at all in this team. And that makes them extremely easy to guard in the playoffs.
That’s how the Pelicans swept them last year, and it’s the same way that teams are defending them now.
If you ask me, it’s pretty much going to be the same story in this year’s playoffs, so they need to change something. They need some type of firepower to add on the perimeter to keep a defender attached there and allow Mccollum and Lillard to operate more freely.
I cannot believe I’m saying this, but why not try things out with Carmelo? Could it work? Let’s try to break it down. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
After his fiasco with the Thunder I actually made a video that Carmelo should probably retire to save his legacy. And as of right now I gotta say that I was pretty much spot on that he should have. The Rockets as you all know shut him down after only 10 games, and as of right now he is a free agent and no team expressed interest to sign him.
So why am I changing my mind just now, and suggesting that the Blazers should take a shot at him?
First, let’s look at it from Portland’s perspective.
Believe me when I tell you-Nobody is afraid of them. Russell Westbrook flat out went hard directly at Lillard and just said it.
And honestly, it’s kinda easy to shut them down with this type of defense. Literally forcing guys like Aminu, Harkless, or Collins to make 10 threes per game. That’s impossible.
Throughout these clips you’ll also see Denver and Utah utilizing this hard double.
These are 3 possible playoff matchups for the Blazers and they literally have them figured out.
The team right now is in a situation basically playing with their cards open.
The Pelicans exposed them last year and they haven’t made a change since.
So Imagine Melo right here on the other side. That’s a guy who can get hot and possibly score 30 in a playoffs game. None of the wings right now can do that for Portland.
So I doubt that defenders are gonna leave him that wide open to go double Dame and CJ.
And the scoring would be a little more balanced.
I would also take Melo’s possible inefficiency and lack of defense just to have another weapon out there on the court.
And you may ask why am I so all out with this? In my opinion if they can reach the second round by some kind of miracle, that’s the absolute end of the road for them. Think about that and tell me if I’m wrong? And if the second round is the highest ceiling for a team as it is, then why not try something?
I said Carmelo just because he’s the easiest one to add. They could do that right now, without trading any pieces and slicing up the roster.
However, this is definitely not a fix. The Blazers are wasting the prime years of 2 prolific scorers.
And since I haven’t mentioned him yet I gotta say, I like Nurkic who’s came in as the only help in the last few years. But the problem lies in the production of the wings since Portland is overwhelmingly a jump shooting team.
So everybody on there has to be able to make shots. Until then, it’s pretty much going to be the same.
Lastly I just wanted to touch on Anthony’s perspective.
His last 2 stops were always a hot topic. Both in Houston and OKC he joined 2 superstars in the hunt for a championship. And when things weren’t really working, every mistake was magnified.
I feel like he would really benefit from joining an underdog team like Portland is right now.
The only thing he could do there is help out on offense.
So for the first time in a while, he could play in a team that’s not hyped, that doesn’t really have anything to lose, and things could get interesting.