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Around The World: April 8

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    April 8

    Trail Blazers: Wire To Wire In Utah
    "The Blazers shot 46 percent as a team, and improved to 33-8 on the season when they shoot 45 percent or better. That illustrates how vital it is that they shoot just a decent percentage. Sounds simple, but when this team hits from the outside it's very, very difficult to beat."

    Trail Blazers: Nike Hoop Summit: Jesuit High School Senior Is World Select Team Stand-Out
    “The first couple days was a little struggle. My roommate, he doesn’t speak any english really,” said Wiltjer. “But I mean there’s a couple guys that speak like three languages so we’re just helping each other out so it hasn’t been too tough.”

    Trail Blazers: World Select Team Practice: Day 4
    "They went at it like they were playing an actual game, which meant there were a few bumps and bruises. Guo Ailun, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from China, had his back examined by a trainer after practice. He drove through the open lane, but was fouled on his way up to the rim and landed on his back."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers win, but there are troubling signs in fourth quarter and false hope in standings
    "Fortunately for Portland, it played a struggling Utah team that had lost eight of its previous nine games and has been decimated by injuries. Add to that the departures of Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams, and the Jazz are just a shadow of their old self."

    Rip City Project: Game 79 Recap: Blazers 98, Jazz 87
    "The difference between the first and second rounds might also be Brandon Roy. We know now that Brandon is merely a percentage of his old self, whether or not he returns to something resembling his All-Star level remains to be seen and in my opinion is irrelevant at this point, but his play my very likely determine if Portland advances for the first time in three seasons. It won’t be because he blows a team out all by himself, that’s for sure, but if he can come out two or three times in a seven game series and play solid, productive minutes, that could be huge for the Blazers."

    Blazersedge: Game 79 Recap: Trail Blazers 98, Jazz 87
    "Gerald Wallace is pretty much that guy in the Heineken commercial at this point. He does everything well and everybody loves him. He was the game's leading scorer with 29 points on 10-18 shooting, went 4-6 from distance, 5-5 from the line, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 2 assists, a steal, a block, some great defense, some great rim attacking...if he could just play the flute that endorsement deal would have been his. Heck, it should be his anyway."

    The Basketball Jones: TBJ positional power rankings: NBA power forwards, April 2011
    "Is Aldridge starting to get gassed as the season wears on? He’s only reached double-digits in rebounds in two of his last 10 games and he doesn’t seem to be demanding the ball in the post as much as he was earlier in the season."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.8
    "Nicolas Batum: 9-13 FG (69%), 1-1 FT (100%), 2 threes, 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Batum started last night thanks to Marcus Camby’s injury. He’s been very solid in recent weeks and should finish the season strong whether he starts or not."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "The Big Three barely outscored D-Rose (32-30). The 3-point attack (2-for-10) was feeble and ineffectual. Unless the C's are playing possum, this night does not bode well for the men in green looking ahead to a possible playoff matchup with the Bulls."

    ESPN Dallas: Nuggets' Karl wants Mavs in playoffs
    "If we had to pick and choose on it, we would probably say 55 percent Dallas, 45 percent Oklahoma City, only because Oklahoma City is athletic like we are and they have two great players," Denver coach George Karl told Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company, referring to Thunder forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook. "They have two All-Stars who are really in their prime and have never won on the playoff stage. I just think right now our speed might have more effect against Dallas than it will against Oklahoma City."


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