A similar strategy is partially credited with ending the NBA lockout of 2011.
Portland ends a shooting slump in the fourth quarter and pulls away from Scarborough for a 63-53 win.
Chris Wright gets a double-double and Shelvin Mack gets hot when needed as the Red Claws win at home.
Paul Pierce finishes a comeback with a 3-pointer as time is expiring, but Milwaukee prevails in the extra session, 99-94.
There's no offseason in the sun for the Sox GM, whose rebuilding effort remains a work in progress.
Though porous and pathetic, the shortcomings can be addressed before the playoffs begin next month.
The acrobatic Brandon Lloyd again gives the Patriots the deep threat they've lacked for several years.