DALLAS The uniforms could have been switched Monday night at American Airlines Center for more than three quarters and folks might not have noticed. The Blazers do a pretty passable Mavericks' impression, and it's by design.
The teams share a common ancestry. First-year Blazers coach Terry Stotts spent the last four years on Rick Carlisle's staff in Dallas. Stotts called the matchup an intra-squad scrimmage, adding the Blazers run many of the plays the Mavericks run.
"But I had to change the calls," Stotts admitted. "Can't call them the same thing."
Not only are both teams similar in style, employing a flow offense built around a stretch-4, but each side is dealing with a learning curve. The Blazers are in their early stages with Stotts. Carlisle's group, even with nine new faces, has had a head start.
Advantage, the Fighting Ricks.
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