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Around The World: March 15

  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    March 15

    Trail Blazers: Home Stretch
    "Portland has 16 games left in the season. Of those 16 games, 10 are against teams in the top 11 spots in the Western Conference. Although the schedule also includes games against teams such as Cleveland, Washington, and 2 against Golden State, the remaining portion of the Blazers’ schedule is by no means easy. 10 of Portland’s 16 remaining games are at home, which is of course an advantage. I predict that the Blazers will finish this season with a record of 12 and 4. That may seem overly optimistic, but to do this, the Blazers only have to take care of home court (10 games) and win 2 others. 1 of their remaining away games is the last game of the season versus Golden State."

    Trail Blazers: Playoff Picture: March 14th
    "The Orlando Magic defeated the Phoenix Suns 111-88 in Phoenix. The loss will moved Utah within half a game of Phoenix and the 9th spot. It also widened the gap between Phoenix and Memphis for the final playoff spot to a game and a half."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers will start Gerald Wallace in place of Marcus Camby tonight against Dallas
    "Camby, who has been limited to 20 minutes in his eight games since returning from left knee surgery, said coach Nate McMillan called him at 10 p.m. on Monday night to inform him of the move."

    Rip City Project: Stretch Run
    "This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Contending for a Playoff spot in March. As of this writing, the Blazers sit in the seven spot in the Western Conference with 16 games left to play. Sure we were all thinking Conference Finals this season; using March to lock up home court and April to rest the starters. Though the Conference Finals are now the wistful dreams of only the most deluded homers, this author unabashedly among them, Portland most certainly has both feet in the Playoffs. Count that as a positive."

    Wall Street Journal: College Basketball's Big-Play Goggles
    "While some teams don't even know where the goggles came from or what the gesture means, others are fully aware. Marquette's players started to mark three-pointers with goggles for their Jan. 10 home game against Notre Dame after Wesley Matthews, a Marquette alumnus now with the Trail Blazers, called Johnson-Odom, a Marquette junior guard, and told him about the latest trend in Portland. "He made sure that we did it," Johnson-Odom said."

    Ball Don't Lie: Wilson ‘Chanlder’ becomes NBA’s latest jersey foul victim
    "Poor Wilson Chandler. Guy's just starting to get acclimated to a new town, new team and new situation after being traded from the New York Knicks to the Denver Nuggets in the big Carmelo Anthony deal, and then they screw up his last name on the back of the jersey he wore during Denver's Monday night match-up with the New Orleans Hornets. It's enough to make a fella feel unwelcome. Downright rude, is what it is."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: This Nets fan knows the secret to true happiness
    "Pure, unadulterated joy, wrapped up in a pink-and-blue Polo. The beauty of sports in a perfect little package. So, so good.''

    SLAM: New Orleans Hornets to Receive $7 Million from Louisiana
    "Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday the state of Louisiana expects to make a payment of just more than $7 million to the Hornets because the franchise isn’t projected to meet the benchmark revenue requirement in its lease agreement with the state."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    ""Deron is a closer," head coach Avery Johnson said. "And I was hoping and praying that he'd close it for us." "

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.15
    "Chris Paul: 9-16 FG (56%), 7-9 FT (78%), 2 threes, 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 7 Stl, 2 TO; His two games back from his concussion have been nothing short of monstrous. Paul should finish the season strong, but the Hornets’ weak playoff schedule is a bit of a downer."


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