Report from shootaround: Morrison, Karl not expected to play as Stotts tightens rotation

Report from shootaround: Morrison, Karl not expected to play as Stotts tightens rotation
October 25, 2012, 6:54 pm
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!function(d,s,id)varjs,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)0;if(!d.getElementById(id))js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="platform.twitter.comwidgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Salt Lake City, Utah -- PortlandTrail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts will take a different approach in playing their final preseason game against the Utah Jazz he'll tighten up the rotation.

Stottssays he'll probably play around 10 guys tonight and says that all 10guys could see some action in the first half. Still, he's not certainto when he will use guys and in what order he'll do so.

He knows who his 10 guys are, but prefers not to disclose thatinformation until game time.

Acouple of guys that aren't expected to play tonight are came invitesAdam Morrison and Coby Karl.

Stottssays he's not looking to play them tonight. Both players have hadtheir moments this preseason, but tonight it's about gearing his mainguys up for the home opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct.31.

Theyboth Adam and Coby had good looks last game and I'm tightening therotation," Stotts told CSNNW.com. "Those are two guys that are trying to make the team. Right now, tonight's game is about the guyswho I know are going to be on the team for sure.

Beforeshootaround today, Stotts says they watched film of Monday's gameagainst Utah to address ways of attacking their pick-and-roll defenseand they studied the Jazz's offensive sets.

Soundslike Stotts is getting into scouting mode, as in full bloom regularseason mode.

Notquite yet, it's still preparation, Stotts said. There's alwaysthings that we need to improve in. The week coming up, is going to beimportant in preparing for the Lakers and the regular season games.Tonight, is just about honing on the things we need to improve on.

Tonight'sgame starts at 6:00 PM and will be on radio only. You can listen to thegame on1190 KEX & 102.3FM.