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Around The World: April 7

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

    April 7

    Trail Blazers: Post-Season Perspective: Don’t Take The Playoffs For Granted
    "Portland earned, yes EARNED, their 29th playoff appearance in franchise history. To put some perspective on that number, it’s tied for the third most playoff appearances in the NBA since the teams inception in 1970. The tie is with Boston and only the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs have ventured into the post-season more than the Trail Blazers."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers stretch run: 4 games remain before NBA playoffs
    "The New Orleans Hornets beat the Houston Rockets 101-93 Wednesday night to move into sixth place in the Western Conference. They are tied with the Blazers, record-wise, but own the tiebreaker. Both teams hold a one-game lead over eighth-place Memphis. All three teams have four games left. Click the links for a peek at their schedules.

    Columbian: Blazers get opportunity to bounce back Thursday
    “Of course, of course, of course. This team has overcome a lot and has battled their way into a playoff berth,” he said. “So now we get that opportunity with four games remaining in the sixth spot, and the focus is to mentally and physically get yourself ready for the postseason as well as trying to get that sixth position.”

    Oregon Live: Brandon Roy looks for confidence, rhythm as NBA playoffs approach
    "Sometimes you have to miss, sometimes you have to play, sometimes you have to turn the ball over a little bit, just to try and push through it," Roy said Wednesday. "Coming back at the time I am coming back, I don't think coach has been fully comfortable playing me a lot of minutes, so in some ways it has been kind of hard for me. It's a different role."

    CBS: Hornets G Chris Paul had knee drained of fluid
    Chris almost had a triple double tonight and normally I don't say this because I don't like to put his stuff out there, but he had 45 CCs drained off of his knee yesterday from the hit he took."

    The Basketball Jones: TBJ positional power rankings: NBA small forwards, April 2011
    "Do you think Wallace needed a fresh start outside of Charlotte to rediscover his borderline All-Star talent? He’s always been better suited as the second-best player on a team, and he’s filled that role in Portland well enough that it’s understandable why the Trail Blazers are considered the most likely team to pull off a first round playoff upset."

    SLAM: You Can Bid on Darko Milicic’s Championship Ring
    “Darko Milicic is auctioning the 2004 NBA championship ring he won with the Detroit Pistons to raise money and awareness for children dealing with the terminal illness Batten’s disease. Batten’s is a neurological disorder that affects mostly children and gradually causes blindness, seizures and death. Milicic is also auctioning off the championship belt that was given to him by Rasheed Wallace."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.7
    "Jordan Crawford: 9-23 FG (39%), 10-10 FT (100%), 1 three, 29 Pts, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO; You know his deal by now – prolific scorer who tanks it from the field on most nights. He contributes in a few other categories, but his scoring is where it’s at."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "After a dozen straight losses to Kobe & Co., Monta Ellis, Steph Curry and David Lee sent the champs to a third straight loss, a 95-87 decision in Oakland. Get those "We Believe!" T-Shirts out of the rag bag. "


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