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Around The World: January 23

01/23/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22

    January 23

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Aldridge Historic Against Raptors

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Trail Blazers 91, Pistons 94

    NBA: Last of Blazers' 'Big Three,' Aldridge forges ahead
    "In the Dallas (playoff) series when Brandon couldn't go, coach came to me and said it was my time," Aldridge said. "At that moment, that's when my mindset changed. I knew I had to be the guy. I had to play bigger and better."

    Trail Blazers Trail Blazers v. Kings Preview: Finally, A Familiar Face In A Familiar Place
    "Since sweeping the opening back-to-back at home against the Sixers and Kings, Portland has lost three consecutive times in back-to-back situations on the road and is coming off a 2-4 road trip that leaves the Trail Blazers fourth in the Northwest division and percentage points out of the final playoff spot in the West."

    Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge And Now The Envelope, Please
    "As the team wraps up a six-game trip tonight against the Pistons, someone is going to have to do a much better job of helping LaMarcus Saturday night than I did early Saturday morning. The return of Marcus Camby, whose presence Friday night helped Aldridge turn in a once-in-franchise-history performance (though “Uncle Cam” would take no credit for it) is a start, but it’ll likely not enough to give the Trail Blazers a chance to finish the trip a very respectable 3-3 going into the meat of a six games in eight nights stretch that started Friday against Toronto, a stretch that might be one of the most physically taxing in Trail Blazers history."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers return home after disappointing 6-game trip
    "Gerald Wallace did not play in the loss to the Pistons because of a sprained middle right finger. He suffered the injury during the Blazers’ Friday night victory over the Toronto Raptors and was wincing in the visiting locker room afterward as team trainer Jay Jensen removed a protective bandage."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: As Blazers start one tonight, a look at how teams have fared in back-to-back-to-backs
    "What kind of result is reasonable for Blazers fans to expect? One place to look for clues is what other teams have done in back-to-back-to-backs this season. Portland will be the 10th team to play a three-in-three, and the previous nine teams have done pretty much what you expect -- the league's best have swept, others with winning records have gone 2-1, and so forth."

    Columbian: Rain or shine, Blazers glad to be back home
    "And if we’re talking about records, the Blazers are now 9-7. Yes, it is two games above .500 with seven of their next 10 games at the Rose Garden, but in the incessantly cut-throat Western Conference, it means that if the playoffs were to start today, they would not be part of them."

    Blazersedge: Game 17 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers
    "Point guard Tyreke Evans is an amazing physical specimen. When he's hot he'll post 25 on you easy. When he's off it's more like 9. He remains the Kings' leading scorer on average with 16.5 per game. He's really more of a scoring guard at this point, which is fine given the makeup of his team. Marcus Thornton, starting at shooting guard, is having a hard time getting on track this year. He's a fairly poor shooter and isn't providing much defense either. Jimmer Fredette and Francisco Garcia only occasionally hit the broad side of the barn. If the shot's not coming from Evans in the backcourt, you're in good shape."

    Ball Don't Lie: Roy Hibbert breaks his nose, beats the Lakers, hangs out with famous comics, eats waffles
    "As Hibbert and his Pacers took to Los Angeles on Sunday to take down the local Lakers, it was only fitting that the Indy big man (after contributing 18 points and eight boards) hit up an all-night night spot with some of the show's best and brightest in the hours following Indiana's triumphant win over the Lakers. A velvet roped-run with Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler and showrunner Michael Schur/Ken Tremendous would be too obvious, though. No, Hibbert visited Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles with Parks and Rec writers Chelsea Peretti, Alan Yang (far left, also known as "Junior" from Fire Joe Morgan), and various unidentified crew"

    Ball Don't Lie: NBA games could get a lot more technological and personalized for fans
    "When a ticket holder arrives at Oracle Arena for a game, he could flash a bar-coded pass to enter the parking garage, sending a signal that he has arrived and allowing him quick and easy entry to the game. The computer system would know that at last week's game, he bought two youth jerseys. It would also know that there's a surplus of youth hats at the team store at the moment, so it could send him a text message offering a 20 percent discount on hats. When he's in his seat, he'd be able to watch instant replays and other exclusive content on his phone. At the end of the third quarter, when the computer system showed that the concession stand near his seats had too many hot dogs, it could send him a buy-one-get-one-free offer — because it also knows that he sometimes buys hot dogs at games."

    Ball Don't Lie: Deron Williams has a wish list, which means very little
    "Still, Williams is controlling his destiny to the same degree as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul. What he's proving is that it can be done in a way that doesn't alienate anyone. With that method, he's also providing an example for future stars. He's setting the rules of his free agency while keeping everything friendly. It's a business arrangement built on mutual respect."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 745: Echoes in Eternity
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas take you through their winners and losers of the NBA weekend. On the honor roll: Kevin Love’s buzzer beater, Pretty Tricky Ricky’s poise, the Bucks, and the Miami Heat’s ABA throwback jerseys. On the shit list: Referees Mike Callahan, Tony Brown, and Courtney Kirkland for missing George Hill’s kicked ball late vs. the Warriors, and those lowly New York Knicks. All that, plus pocket squares, Paul “Mutombo” Pierce, and Trey’s “Now-er Rankings.”"

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.23 (Weekend Recap)
    "LaMarcus Aldridge (1/20): 12-25 FG (48%), 9-14 FT (64%), 33 Pts, 23 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 6 TO; Aldridge did his best Dwight Howard impression Friday night. He’s quietly putting together top 12 averages so far this season, which is right about in line with expectations heading into the season."

    DIME: The 5 Best Potential Matchups In The NBA’s Rookie-Sophomore Game
    "This one’s easy. We already set off the debate here after Rubio went into Washington and put on an Beethoven-esque offensive clinic against Wall, sparking the question about just how good Wall really is. The 2010 No. 1 pick answered the bell, and is once again looking like a future All-Star. In his last five games, Wall is arguably playing better than any guard in the world. That’s not hyperbole either. He’s dropping 24.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks a night while shooting nearly 89 percent from the free-throw line (and that was against Boston, OKC, Philly, Houston and Denver). Think about the matchup like this: Wall had 22 assists in this game last year. Rubio could probably top out at 30."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Milwaukee's Best
    "First of all, ew. Credit to Milwaukee for going into Miami and handing the Heat just their second home loss, but this game was sloppy joe from the start. The Bucks shot 35 percent from the field and a disgusting 5-of-30 from three-point range, while the Heat shot 37 percent, turned the ball over 22 times (leading to 22 Milwaukee points) and tied the NBA season-low with 9 assists. That’s 9 assists for the entire team—Chauncey Billups had 14 himself for LAC earlier in the day. Also from the “ew” department, we have the Miami throwback unis, which look like they belong in a Paul Wall music video or that Will Ferrell ABA movie, not on an NBA court in 2012. Is there anyone out there that likes those jerseys? If so, please speak up. I’d love to hear why."

    SLAM Via Rush'n Hoops: Robert Horry: Phil Jackson Made Kobe/Shaq Feud Worse on Purpose
    “Was it possible to avoid the Kobe and Shaq split? ‘I think Phil Jackson started that feud. It happened many times that after team practice he would say, ‘Kobe said this about Shaq, and Shaq said that about Kobe… We couldn’t believe how could that happen, because just the day before we saw them together, jumping on one another. Phil liked it when there was conflict of some sort. I always tell people; if you look at those championships, you’ll see who were the closest players on the team. Normally those are the guys who are the first to hug each other. And when we were winning, it was always Shaq and Kobe who hugged. I think this will answer your question. Later it was blown out of proportion by the media and both players started doing something that didn’t make sense"

    ESPN: Power Rankings: Banged-up Bulls still NBA's best
    "We were prepared to attribute most of the Blazers' struggles since that promising start to the tough schedule they've seen lately. But then they went to Detroit and lost to a team that scores 85 points per game and sports the league's fourth-worst average scoring margin (minus-9.4)."

    ESPN: Help Needed: The Worst Teams In The NBA
    "The Wizards. In this flukey, compressed early-season schedule all kinds of random things are happening. But even as the whole league has been shaken up, the one constant is that this team keeps losing -- except for that one game against the Thunder, and that other one against the Raptors. Not much to hang your hat on."

           



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