Slowly but surely, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts appears to be easing into that late-season youth movement seemingly everyone has been foreshadowing.
Stotts has played rookies more than any other coach in the NBA this season. But over the last four games, he’s leaned on them even more, playing Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver, Will Barton and Joel Freeland a combined average of 83 minutes per game.
Lillard has continued his season-long high-volume role, and Leonard (19 minutes) and Claver (18 minutes), in particular, have seen a drastic uptick in their playing time. Freeland and Barton have not been featured quite as prominently during the run, but Barton played 16 minutes in a win against Minnesota on Saturday and one of the two has played a first-half shift in each of the last four games.
Terry Stotts increasing rookies' minutes, Eric Maynor making strong first impression
Oregonian | Mar 7