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Raymond Felton benched by Portland; he’s not thrilled about it

Feb 21, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

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Portland is making a change — Jamal Crawford, not Raymond Felton, will be the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers when they face off against the Spurs tonight, reports the Oregonian.

So here’s your starting job, Mr. Crawford, enjoy trying to stop the hottest player in the league in Tony Parker.

But the move isn’t a surprise. Felton is shooting a career low 37.1 percent so far this season, 22.9 percent from three, his assists are at a career low while his turnovers are at a career high, his PER is 10.5 (that of of a third-string guard) and he helped lead the Trail Blazers to a franchise low 7 points in the first quarter against the Lakers Monday night. Portland is struggling, Felton is struggling and coach Nate McMillan decided to shake things up.

Doesn’t mean that Felton likes it, as he told CSNNW.com.

“He (Nate McMillan) called me this morning and told me we got to have consistency from that position and that a 7-point quarter was unacceptable,” Felton told CSNNW.com. “I’m not just going to blame myself for that first quarter. We’re a team. We win together, we lose together.”

Felton has said he felt persecuted for the Blazers poor play of late (5-7 in their last dozen) and that he doesn’t think McMillan trusts him.

He probably doesn’t. Felton’s play has not been trustworthy. This maybe a blip, an off couple months for Felton (who is normally a good point guard), but the fact of the matter is he has played his way out of this job.

Crawford is not perfect at the point, but he’s an upgrade right now and the Blazers need a change. Can’t blame McMillan for this move.

  1. tomshoe - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Dear Raymond,

    You’re getting benched because you suck. Get over it.

    Love, Coach McMillan

    • conjecture101 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      if you thought he sucked you shouldn’t have signed him.

  2. rj88888 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Excellent move McMillan Crawford had 15pts and 5 assists in the first quarter. Good coaching.

  3. goforthanddie - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Well, it’s halftime, Portland over San Antonio by 23. Crawford 5-5, all from 3land. 5 assists, no TO.
    Enjoy the rest Ray.

  4. conjecture101 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Tony Parker isn’t playing tonight. Crawford is dominating though.

  5. rushbacker - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    This is the guy that thought he was too good to come off the bench in Denver. Should do him some good.

  6. moseskkim - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Raymond Felton is an above average point guard. He’s playing horrible. Okay. Well a big problem he states is that he doesn’t feel encouraged by thesis coach.. That every mistake feels magnified. These players all have major talent. Confidence takes them over the top. Thats why Kobe is a beast and Lebron isn’t. Haha jk bout Lebron. He’s major beast. Coach needs to feed confidence not take it away.

  7. therookie773 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    Judging from Feltons stats and the teams record I can only come to one conclusion. That is exactly why you’re being benched Felton.

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