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The luxury of the Blazers’ January schedule was that it featured the longest home stand of the season, a 17-day, seven-game stretch that allowed up to 10 days of practice. Stotts and his staff spent the majority of that time working on recalibrating their defense. They started with 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills centered around defensive fundamentals, then built up to 5-on-5 scrimmaging. Part of the goal was to stimulate active hands and aggressive play, to have a “greater presence defensively,” Stotts said. There wasn’t an explicit design to create more physical play, but that ended up materializing organically. “We really went at each other,” Allen Crabbe said. “Even in competition games of 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, we went hard. It reinforced that we needed to be more aggressive.”
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”
The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. In his first two years with the Blazers, Crabbe averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 66 games. He played a career-high 51 games last season, starting nine games replacing Nicolas Batum, who suffered from various injuries.