Shootaround notes: Roy's minutes not limited; Camby cramming
Notes following the Portland Trail Blazers’ shootaround Sunday morning prior to a 7:30 p.m. game against the Utah Jazz at the Rose Garden.
The Blazers will start Andre Miller, Brandon Roy, Martell Webster, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby.
Roy, who played 34 minutes against Boston on Friday, expects to play as much as possible tonight. Roy added that he will never ask McMillan to limit his minutes.
“I feel like I’ll be in better condition than I was last game, so I don’t want to go back on 34 minutes,” Roy said. “I want to stay around there or play more minutes. It just really depends on how the flow of the game is going. And the biggest thing is that coach is trying to get me back in shape as fast as possible.”
On his hamstring: “I think I’m starting to play and be a little more explosive. And I feel that tightness. And that’s always my biggest thing: Can I play and it just doesn’t pull? And I think I can play pretty much through the pain. When it starts to pull is when it gets hard to play through. I practiced pretty hard yesterday, and I’m just trying to get my explosiveness back.”
Roy said not allowing Utah to rack up points in the point is the biggest key in stopping the Jazz.
The addition of Camby should help, Roy said. But in the Blazers’ previous losses to Utah, Portland has tried to “over help.”
“It’s like the minute you turn your head to try and help and see what’s going on on the other side of the floor, they do a good job of cutting back door,” Roy said. “They just have great movement without the basketball.”
McMillan said a healthy Jazz team equals a good Jazz team.
“(Their) best guys are playing good ball,” McMillan said. “And the rest of their guys are having good years.”
Utah’s ability to play a strong zone defense forced the Blazers to engage Camby in a cram session, McMillan said. In addition, Portland has had to teach Camby plays run specifically for Roy. Previously covered were sets run for Aldridge.
“You’re cramming in a lot into a short period of time,” McMillan said. “And he’s going to forget some of it. But you just try and review and slowly add.”