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  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.3

    March 1

    Trail Blazers: Did The Trail Blazers Improve At The Deadline?
    "The Blazers get an A+ on their move because I can’t think of a player that fits in as well as Gerald in the Nate McMillan system. You put him next to Wesley, Nicolas, LaMarcus, Camby and Roy on the defensive end and you can now start getting transition points from your defense. Gerald Wallace has three years remaining on his contract so maybe just maybe we can add Greg Oden’s name to the defensive in the future. Now that’s something to think about."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Sign Center Jarron Collins To Ten-Day Contract
    "Collins, 32, holds career averages of 3.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 15.9 minutes in 537 games (216 starts) with Utah, Phoenix and the L.A. Clippers. He appeared in 23 games this season for the Clippers, posting averages of 0.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 6.8 minutes."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers Q&A: Nicolas Batum on new teammate Gerald Wallace
    "Not yet. I doesn't matter who's gonna start or not. All that matters is we want to win. We want to win. We want to be in the playoffs and get a good spot in the playoffs, maybe get home court advantage -- and we have a chance to get it. So we're going to play these last 23 games 100 percent … it doesn't matter about who starts, who finishes the game, playing time, doesn't matter. We just want to win."

    Columbian: Nothing to notice of knee
    "Aldridge was a little nervous, too. He said he experienced a “sharp pain” that “came out of nowhere,” and acknowledged that when such agony comes on so suddenly, it’s often a serious problem. But he returned to the floor, subtly produced for the Blazers, and, most importantly — underwent an MRI on Monday that came back negative."

    Yahoo!: Blazers fans should be patient with Wallace, team
    "It might take a few games for the lineup to get settled as Camby and Roy work their way back into the mix. Basketball is not a sport with perfectly interchangeable pieces; the Blazers had found a way to succeed recently despite being shorthanded, and much of that was due to the remaining players gelling and developing a chemistry on the court.''

    Ball Don't Lie: The Oklahoma City Thunder extend Kendrick Perkins
    "And by shedding a few million off the team's cap in a pair of deals last week, the Thunder were then able to take their leftover cap space and apply a bonus of sorts to Kendrick Perkins. And with Perkins' new contract now reflecting his bonus, the terms of his contract extension could then be strung out to overall numbers more in line with what Perkins should be making for the next four years. Boston had no such luxury, due to the constraints of the CBA and what teams can offer via contract extension."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Channing Frye hits his second straight OT game-winner
    "Brook Lopez took responsibility for Frye's 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds remaining in the extra frame for failing to switch off Marcin Gortat to contest the shot, but NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti chalks it up to Kris Humphries attempting to make a play on the inbounds pass rather than sticking with his initial defensive assignment on Frye. Whichever way you slice the blame pie, the shot — which Frye told Tom Canavan of the Associated Press he knew was going in because it "was juicy" as it left his hand (grrrrrross!) — put the Suns up 104-103."

    DIME: Top 5 Available NBA Free Agents
    "All GMs have to do is think back to the 2008 NBA Finals to remember what Powe is capable of. After battling through injuries to begin his stint in Cleveland, it was best for everyone to give him a chance to succeed elsewhere. He’s been drawing interest from Boston and Memphis.''

    ESPN: Troy Murphy picks Celtics over Heat
    "Murphy also received recruiting pitches this week from Portland, New York and Orlando, sources said, but the 6-foot-10 forward was always determined to sign with a top contender in anticipation of making the first deep playoff run of his career. Murphy has played in more games (639) than any other active player without appearing in the playoffs."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "John Wall shot 3-for-14 (21 percent) as the Wiz dropped a 105-77 home loss to Chicago. The Wiz have lost four of their past eight games by 20 or more points. Against the Bulls, they were outrebounded 56-39. ''

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.1
    "Ray Allen posted a smooth line to the tune of 25 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and five three-pointers. He shot 60 percent (9-15) from the field, 100 percent (2-2) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Allen deserves a lot of credit for turning in a surprising season. He’s improved on every category except for free-throw percentage and blocks from last season’s marks."


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