You can't blame the coach on that one, I am sure he told his players that, it was the players fault, they fell asleep.
As the analysts have said, switching is second nature and done in practice everyday but in crucial moments, some just zone out or focus on their man.
I mean out of all the Blazers on the court, I am 110% sure Mchale told them Lillard was the most dangerous (he has done it over and over again all season long) and Harden should have switched off there but his defense have been questionable all year so I'd easily put the blame on him.
i really hope this is the impetus for harden to start playing defense
in that video they left it out, but they switched parsons and beverly thinking mo would screen for damian lillard and beverly would switch back to lillard when that happened. mo never sets the pick, parsons gets surprised, switch never occurs, lillard just starts running like hell, harden is like oh how nice damian lillard streaking by and parsons three feet behind him, and then lillard makes the shot
mchale is telling his guys "stay with your guy" at the end of the game
which they didn't. they switched assignments
i also don't understand why harden is out there. lin might be a terrible defender but he's better than harden Edited by indesertum - 5/3/14 at 9:41am