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Around The World: February 2

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    February 2

    Oregon Live: Portland 99, San Antonio 86: LaMarcus Aldridge's All-Star caliber night powers Blazers
    "Absolutely," Duncan said, when asked if Aldridge was an All-Star. "I'd vote for him. He's a forward, right? Yeah, I'd vote for him."

    Oregon Live: Blazers: Leftover pile includes LaMarcus Aldridge All-Star talk, and trying to find the secrets to the Spurs' good health
    "Everybody watches their diet, every team is training, hopefully, at the cutting edge of things," Popovich said. "Players are paying attention to what they put in their bodies. We don't have any magic formulas. We've just been fortunate, honestly."

    Columbian: Aldridge scores 40 as Blazers stun Spurs
    “Pop shook my hand after the game,” said Aldridge, who scored 16 points in the first quarter, went 16 for 23 from the field and tallied 11 rebounds. “He’s never shaken my hand before, so I’ll take that as a good sign.”

    Rip City Project: Game 48 Recap: Blazers 99, Spurs 86
    "There was at least one person in Portland that didn’t give San Antonio a free pass Tuesday night. That person was none other than LaMarcus Aldridge. With the All-Star reserves set to be announced later this week, Tuesday’s game was yet another opportunity for LA to make his case for being added to the roster. Unfortunately, according to Mike Tokito from the Oregonian via Twitter, the coaches have all ready locked in their All-Star reserve ballots, which means that LaMarcus’s career night might not have been the clincher the Rose City felt it was."

    Sports Illustrated: Aldridge makes strong case for All-Star bid
    "He has turned into a monster over the last six weeks as injuries have robbed Portland of Brandon Roy, Marcus Camby and others. Aldridge averaged 25 and 10 in January, maintained a 50 percent mark from the floor and got to the line more often than he ever has. Circumstances had thrust Alridge into a larger role, and he flourished in a scenario in which many players see their shooting percentages and overall efficiency drop. He gets major points for that. "

    Blazersedge: Game 48 Recap: Blazers 99, Spurs 86
    "Aldridge didn't do it alone. Andre Miller fed him with some nice passes and really cemented that fourth-quarter squashing with 8-13 shooting overall, 9 assists, and 18 points. Wesley Matthews scored 21on 8-16 shooting. Rudy Fernandez shot only 1-6 but had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and some great energy play. I'm lumping these three players together because they also did a fantastic job containing San Antonio's guards, which may be their greatest contribution of the night. Manu Ginobili scored 17 but took 18 shots to do it, hitting only 6. Tony Parker shot 3-11 for 6 points. Mathematicians will not that this means he made no threes and no free throws tonight. THAT is some defense."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.2
    "LaMarcus Aldridge: 16-23 FG (70%), 8-9 FT (89%), 40 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; The 40 points were a career-high for Aldridge. After the game, Duncan said he would vote for Aldridge to be in the All-Star game. His fantasy owners probably agree."

    Ball Don't Lie: Behind the Box Score, where LaMarcus Aldridge is a bloody beast
    "And because both teams were playing well, the game was fun to watch. San Antonio only had 101.2 points per 100 possessions, a poor mark, but it played well offensively. Moved the ball and attacked the rim. Portland just played great defense, moving its feet and staying in front of the drivers. So fun to take in. And on the other end, LaMarcus Aldridge was dominant."

    ESPN: Awards Watch
    "I'm fully aware of the abundance of quality forwards there are in the West, but right now, few, if any are playing on the level of Aldridge. "

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers: Too bad All-Star ballots were due at 3 p.m. Aldridge -- who may get left off the West's star-studded roster in LA by NBA coaches despite a monster first half of the season -- poured in a career-high 40 points and pitched in 11 rebounds in Portland's victory over the Spurs."

    ESPN: Lakers' Ron Artest hopes for trade
    "It was stressed to me that Artest has actually coexisted better with Jackson since it emerged in December that Artest asked his coach to stop criticizing him so publicly and keep displeasure in-house. Despite Artest's increasingly regular stints on the bench in crunch time, I get the distinct vibe that settling for offensive scraps in the shadow of Kobe and Pau while absorbing the hottest heat on afternoons like Sunday when Paul Pierce erupts for 32 points has soured Artest far more than Jackson's frequently sharp tongue."


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