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Around The World: March 2

  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    March 2

    Trail Blazers: Hard To Recognize, Hard To Watch
    "I don't know where our swagger, our spirit (went)," said McMillan. "We look like we're not having fun. There's no connection out on that floor. I think there's way too much thinking going on as far as 'I think it's me now.' I think we're thinking about me as opposed to you go out there and play and do the things you've been doing. That team, I don't recognize that team, what we did tonight and what we did in our last game."

    Oregon Live: Blazers: There's no time for hand-wringing after a second consecutive bad game
    "The Blazers looked awful, just awful, and were blown out by a team that just traded two former starters. The loss came after Portland was horrible for most of the game and lost to Atlanta 90-83 Sunday in a game that was not as close as the score."

    Columbian: Blazers report: McMillan gives in on headbands ban
    "McMillan said his aversion toward headbands began when he was coaching the Sonics, and an array of players wore them on “retro night."

    Columbian: Blazers have no spark in lopsided loss to Rockets
    "Two weeks ago we were the hottest team in the NBA," said Batum, who finished with a game-high 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting. "We're not playing. We're not playing good basketball."

    Portland Tribune: Rockets bomb Blazers, from start to finish
    “We’re always trying to get to the basket,” Houston coach Rick Adelman said. “If we move the ball and move people, we’re very hard to guard. It was one of those games where, if the ball hops and the players move, you’ll have the advantage.”

    Rip City Project: Game 60 Recap: Rockets 103, Blazers 87
    "Brandon Roy played 21 minutes Tuesday, and will be held out of Wednesday’s game. Brandon looked OK, he was on the receiving end of a lob pass from Camby that he was unable to finish at the rim, showing how limited his explosion is. I’m still a major proponent of playing him. He probably isn’t going to get any worse physically, and he needs reps now so he can change his game accordingly going forward. Also, there wasn’t a single Blazer that made more than seven shots, so to say that Brandon’s poor shooting was in any way to blame for the loss doesn’t make sense to me. Brandon also took fewer shots than everybody but Marcus Camby, Luke Babbit, and Armon Johnson."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Rockets 103, Blazers 87
    "LaMarcus Aldridge, who was harassed by double-teams and struggled with his reads, scoring just 14 points on 11 shots while committing four turnovers in 41 minutes, seemed to agree with the roster turnover hypothesis. "It's a lot happening," Aldridge said. "We're getting guys back, guys are taking on different roles, it's just different right now. Through everything we need to go play hard, grind it out, we kind of gave in to it, not really grinding it out."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.2
    "Gerald Wallace: 5-11 FG (46%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 TO; He’s still not starting, but that doesn’t matter. Wallace has been reunited with his headband and is playing on a squad that lightens his load, which makes him a solid play.''

    Ball Don't Lie: Shane Battier found out he was traded on Twitter
    "I actually found out through Twitter feeds online. Honestly, I was on one of the websites and just kept refreshing. ... As of 1:45 nothing had happened and I was like, ‘All right, I'm going to finish the year in Houston.' I hit refresh at 1:55 and it said, ‘Sources say Battier to Memphis.' I was like, ‘I better start packing.'"

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Calderon did his best CP3 impression, logging game highs in points (22, on 70 percent shooting) and assists (16) while the real Chris Paul was held to just seven points on 30 percent shooting and five dimes in as many minutes (38) in a 96-90 win for Les Raps. ''

    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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