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When Sasha Pavlovic is averaging 19.0 minutes per game, your bench is in trouble.
The Portland Trail Blazers starting five is presently clicking on all cylinders. Rookie Damian Lillard is exceeding expectations, while Wesley Matthews has stepped up as a consistent scoring option at the 2.
LaMarcus Aldridge, meanwhile, continues to play at an All-Star level as Nicolas Batum and J.J. Hickson offer quality support.
Unfortunately, beyond their quality starters is nothing short of disarray. The likes of Sasha Pavlovic are being turned to for major minutes, and the Blazers know the trouble with this as an organization.
According to Chris B. Haynes of CSN Northwest, general manager Neil Olshey could utilize the trade deadline to cure their woes.
A major reason for their deficiencies is how poorly the team has played when Matthews is on the bench.
With him on the floor, the Blazers have shot 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. When he's on the bench, however, the team is shooting just 21.7 from distance.
Their plus-minus per 48 minutes, meanwhile, has been a negative-1.0 with Matthews on the floor. Without him, it is a negative-14.6.
A major reason for this has been the fact that the team is presently turning to Pavlovic to take his place. For that reason, it may behoove the Blazers to take a look at Mickael Pietrus or explore trade options involving a quality scorer.
A move should be explored. The question is how drastic a move are the Blazers willing to make to acquire a shooter as their sixth man.