Does anyone have a good explanation why DMo didn't get even 2 minutes chance to defend LMA? Even get out there and foul him on every possession, so that Asik can play till the end of the game. Beyond my understanding.
Only reason I think that DMo didn't get an opportunity was (1) Asik and D12 guarding Aldridge was the best move and taking Terrance Jones out of the starting lineup to start Asik on Aldridge was one of several adjustments McHale made.
(2) Portland mostly played small ball the entire series. After Aldridge and Lopez, the next 2 bigs were T Robinson who only played 57 minutes and Freeland who only played 15 minutes spread out over 6 games. Freeland was in the game for one reason only, rebound and if unable to stop his opponent, just foul him.
Terrance Jones played 137 minutes and his playing time was cut after Asik took his place in the starting lineup except for Game 6. Game 6, Terrance Jones had 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal and 1 assist in 36 minutes. Pretty productive.
I do believe DMo would have gotten some burn in the 1st Round if the Rockets had been matched up with a different opponent. Portland with their short bench and reliance on small ball whenever one of Lopez or Aldridge was out of the lineup limited McHale. No way he's gonna put Motiejunas out there just to give him some burn and he's out there chasing smaller, quicker players. Just my opinion.