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Around The World: May 16

05/16/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    May 16

    Trail Blazers: Season In Review: Brandon Roy
    "And while the days of consistent 20, 5 and 5 nights seem to be only memories from the past, Brandon can still contribute to this franchise. What was one of the biggest bug-a-boos for the Blazers this year? Bench scoring. If The Natural can mold his game that meshes well with his body, he could be a dangerous weapon off the pine. He doesn't need to be the distributor or facilitator any more. All we need is buckets, buckets and more buckets! Looking ahead, if B can find a way to score 12-15 points a night in around 24 minutes, the Trail Blazers will have their latest 6th Man of the Year candidate."

    Blazersedge: 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Rundown: Nicolas Batum
    "The recurring question here is, "What do you expect of Nicolas Batum?" If you're looking for that average inning-eater with occasional sparks of brilliance, you got it. If you're looking for a breakout star and game changer, he wasn't. He wasn't even close. Batum had some of the best, most dominant possessions of his career this year. When he was on he looked more like an impact-level NBA player than we've seen in the past. But those moments were too far spaced and filled with too much down time in between. Getting more minutes and a bigger role he didn't fail but he didn't quite succeed either. Much like the team itself, the most appropriate description of his season may be that he survived it."

    DFW Sports Day: Mavericks will not face a tougher environment than what they faced in Portland
    "That Portland thing – I think when you look back at it – they’re not going to play in a tougher environment than Portland. They’re just not. Oklahoma City might be comparable but it’s not going to be any tougher and so once they survive that…it’s not like they didn’t have the best record in the league on the road this year. So, when you put those two factors together, I think they’re just as comfortable on the road as at home and I think they’re going to be a tough out for Memphis or Oklahoma City."

    Ball Don't Lie: Cleveland fans still can’t stop watching LeBron James
    "Like a lover scorned, Cleveland still can't help but watch LeBron James as he works his way through the playoffs with the Miami Heat. Outside of Chicago and Miami, Cleveland was the third-highest rated area to watch James and his team take on the Chicago Bulls in Sunday's Game 1."

    The Basketball Jones: Even Dwyane Wade loved Taj Gibson’s dunk
    “That was a good one,” Wade said. “I really got punked. It was good. It was a very athletic play. I knew I didn’t have a chance. I was backpedaling when I saw him take off. He’s very athletic.”

    The Basketball Jones: Two divergent theories on Durant’s greatness
    "Truth be told, it’s probably a combination of both of these things, plus a little bit of natural talent, insane work ethic and a backpack. Nonetheless, if you want to be a great basketball player, it seems like you should probably hug your mom and play video games all day. Definitely a recipe for success."

    SLAM: Zach Randolph: ‘There Are Expectations Now’
    "And what is there not to believe given this postseason run? The Griz had never even won a playoff game in 12 tries before this year. ‘There are expectations now,’ Randolph said. ‘People are going to expect us to be better. People will look at us as one of the top teams.’”

    DIME: Big Baby Will Most Likely Be Taking His Talents Elsewhere
    “I have given thought about (returning to Boston),” Davis told ESPNBoston.com. “I love Boston. Boston’s where I started, and I plan on wishing I could stay, but you never know. (Look at the Kendrick Perkins) situation. He (was) here for eight years and he wanted to stay, but it might just not work my way. That’s just how it is. I want to be a player in this league. I feel like I’ve got a lot more to offer. I want to show the world my talents, if it’s here in Boston, or wherever.”

           


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