Nobody in the Trail Blazers locker room hangs out by his locker before a game more than Andre Miller. He reads game notes. He watches game film. And he treats his aging legs.

Outside of Gerald Wallace, there also is probably nobody in the Blazers locker room who keeps more to himself than Miller. There is little interaction with teammates, and he's certainly not going to join any pregame banter with media as would the more engaging Blazers like Wesley Matthews, Patty Mills, Rudy Fernandez or Nicolas Batum.

But Miller is very approachable, very intelligent and extremely fascinating. As I have written before, he has become one of my favorite guys on the team.

Before Game 2 in Dallas, I figured a major storyline in this series would be the Blazers guards posting the smaller Mavericks guards. Miller, more than anybody besides Brandon Roy, is the most accomplished post player of the Blazers guards.

In today's NBA, most guards, and certainly most point guards, are concerned with three-pointers, silky jumpers and dunks. Post ups are not sexy. Post ups do not lure shoe contracts.

So where did Miller learn his post-up game.

Before Game 2 Miller said he learned to post up as a youth on the streets of Watts and Compton in south central Los Angeles.

He said he was "chubby" as a kid, and he was often pitted down low against bigger, older players.