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Around The World: March 29

03/29/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    March 29

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Flynn And Thabeet Hoop With The Kids At CCA

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers vs Hornets Preview
    "New Orleans played without Chris Kaman (illness) and fellow big man Gustavo Ayon (personal), while Trevor Ariza (sore right ankle) also sat out. Emeka Okafor and Eric Gordon remain out, but three players stepped up with at least 20 points each against the Warriors."

    Oregon Live: Blazers practice report: Raymond Felton's status uncertain; Jonny Flynn makes case for playing time; Kaleb Canales faces old friends
    “Me and Jarrett spent a lot of time together, improving his game, spent countless nights in this same gym, working on his jump shot, trying to improve his game, trying to find ways to make him better,” Canales said. “I’m happy for him that he’s playing good basketball.”

    Trail Blazers: Blazers' Wesley Matthews plays through pain, aims to beat Andre Miller's games-played streak
    "It's exhausting, it's painful," Matthews said of playing a full season. "But you don't do it if you don't love it. There have been many times where I could have not played and no one would have second-guessed it. But it's just not in my DNA. Even my mom and grandma, they've told me that I don't know how you do it. It's just a mentality. If you feel no pain, there is no pain."

    Columbian: Felton may miss game vs. Hornets
    "We told him to take as much time with his family as he needs,” Canales said. “Initially, we talked about him coming back for (Thursday), but there was no specific time ... we’ll see how it goes.”

    Portland Tribune: Aldridge: We just need key pieces
    "No. We're still a good team. We're battling for the playoffs. We have a real chance for it. We have a lot of talented players. I don't feel like this franchise is starting over from square one. We just have to get some key pieces this summer."

    Portland Tribune: Parents made Canales 'good man'
    "Watching them both come home late after work and understanding the dedication they had to their jobs ... they wanted me and my sister to have the best things," Kaleb says. "We understood you have to be determined to get those things. It started at home for me."

    Blazersedge: Oklahoma City 109, Portland 95: Thunder, Russell Westbrook run all over Blazers
    "Let's get another dose of perspective on the season. People were going crazy at the beginning of the year with a lot of dreams that were never going to amount to anything. This was a transition year. It started that way, it's going to end that way. Nothing has changed. Raymond Felton was an experiment. Jamal Crawford was an experiment. The Blazers were rolling the dice on single-year contract guys. It was worth a shot. Those dice crapping out (for the most part) didn't cost the Blazers anything they would have gained otherwise. Even more established players like Wallace and Camby were experiments of sorts. The Blazers didn't lose anything that important trading for them. They got service, got rid of them, and in Wallace's case got a potential future key pick in return. That's exactly what you want in a transition season."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Maccabi Tel Aviv’s dog mascot chased a loose cat around the court
    "Kudos, then, to Donny the Dog of Maccabi Tel Aviv for doing what real dogs do. On Saturday, during its game against Bnei HaSharon, a cat managed to find its way onto the court. Donny, who is clearly a true artist, sprang into action and chased the feline across the arena, and into a corner. He wasn't successful, but the in-character effort opened up a new space for mascot antics. It's not just about dunking off trampolines or doing funny dances anymore."

    The Basketball Jones: How ‘White Mamba’ came to be
    "In fact, if you were ranking NBA nicknames, White Mamba would probably be near the top of the list. It’s better than “King” James, no one ever calls Dwyane Wade “Flash” anymore and the “D-Will” style of nicknames is way played out. It’s not quite “The Truth,” “Matrix” or “Big Baby,” but it’s still an upper echelon pseudonym."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.29
    "Kevin Love continued his hot streak with 40 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and four three-pointers. He shot 45 percent (14-31) from the field and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. In his last four games, Love is averaging 37.3 points, 16.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal, 2.0 blocks and 4.0 threes, the best fantasy numbers in the league during that time period."

    DIME: Slam Dunk Death Match: Blake Griffin Vs. JaVale McGee
    "Oh poor Jose Calderon. Should we give him credit for sticking in there? At best, he should’ve taken another step outside of the restricted area so he could take a charge. That way JaVale McGee would’ve contributed another clip to his top 5 dunk fails because he no doubt would’ve tried to jump over the Spanish point guard from Montreal. Yet Calderon hesitated and woke up this morning smelling “McGee” on his shirt."

    DIME: The Unsung: Why Jarrett Jack And Klay Thompson Are All-NBA Surprises
    "PYou’ve seen these two arrive on your radar if you play fantasy, but you can’t blame many for not taking them initially. Jack now averages 15.5 points, 6.2 assists, 2.4 turnovers and 46 percent shooting this season, with Thompson 10.4 points on 44 percent from the field and 42 from three. Those early buyers likely sound like a hipster friend touting your new favorite artist as someone you should have seen coming months ago."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Love Abuse
    "With his team leading 68-65 entering the fourth, Love quickly stretched the lead to nine with back-to-back threes, and scored 14 in the final stanza to help the Wolves escape with the win. Corey Maggette led Charlotte with 22 points, and Kemba Walker chipped in 20 points off the bench. With starter DJ Augustin’s atrocious play of late (0-4, zero points in this one), it wouldn’t surprise me if Paul Silas makes the switch to Kemba in the near future. Meanwhile, Love is averaging an outrageous 31 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists in March, while making 47.3 percent of his shots and 45.1 percent of his threes. He also recorded his league-leading 44th double-double, which means he has 43 more double-doubles than Toliver, and that he’s fallen short of a 2-x-2 only four times this season."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Don't get me wrong; they're clearly better off with Rose than without him. A record of 12-5 is nice and all, but they're a dominating 29-6 when Rose plays. Chicago defends about as well with or without him, as it showed again Wednesday, but against tough defenses the Bulls miss him on the offensive end. Offensively, they've averaged 6.5 points per 100 possessions more with Rose on the court, according to NBA.com's advanced stats tool. That deficiency wasn't visible Wednesday night with the 3s falling, but it has been in several games."

           



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