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Maurice Lucas

Low-post game is left high, dry in NBA today

Once upon a time, when Jack Ramsay coached in Portland in the 1970s, his Trail Blazers could do virtually anything a team could be asked to do.

Lionel Hollins brought the speed, Bobby Gross had the intermediate and long-range jump shot, Maurice Lucas was the enforcer, and Dave Twardzik supplied punch off the bench.

But, above all, Ramsay had a bona fide, honest-to-goodness, back-to-the-basket threat in center Bill Walton, who passed and scored out of the low post, leading the Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title.

A generation later, Ramsay, now an NBA analyst for ESPN, looks around and sees an entirely different game from the one he coached. This year's playoffs, with the...