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Around The World: December 21

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

    December 21

  2. DIME: LaMarcus Aldridge is the West's new Amare Stoudemire
  3. "In case you stopped paying attention to Portland when Brandon Roy got hurt, LaMarcus Aldridge has transformed into the West’s new Amar’e Stoudemire. Last night, L.A. finished with 29 points, 19 rebounds and these two ridiculous dunks."

  4. AOL Fanhouse: Luke Babbitt's Confidence Improved in Return to Trail Blazers
  5. "With Luke, he's a good team guy, he just wanted to fit in. At times, [Babbitt thought], 'Well I need to lay down for the vets. I need to just work the ball, I need to not go get my own shot, I need to just fit in. Be a part of the system and not break any of the plays or anything like that,'" Portland's assistant director of scouting Joe Cronin told Blazersedge's Ben Golliver when describing what the Blazers first round pick needed to improve upon during his time in the D-League. "I think he's learning at our level that this is what you do. We need you to go get your offense. We need you to be assertive and look for your shots."

  6. Oregon Live: Blazers coming up: Is win streak a turnaround or fool's gold? Three-game road trip should tell us
  7. "Then come the questions, starting with this: Will Brandon Roy return? The Blazers and Roy decided he would sit out three games to rest his ailing knee, and they have now passed. On Wednesday, the Blazers return to practice and have a media availability, so we should get a better idea of their plan for Roy."

  8. Oregon Live: Portland 106, Milwaukee 80: Blazers savor rare rout
  9. "The two most demonstrative baskets came on thunderous dunks in which Aldridge posterized Chris Douglas-Roberts (on a streaking fast-break dunk) and Luc Mbah a Moute (on an alley-oop lob from Luke Babbitt). After the emphatic dunk over Mbah a Moute, Aldridge scowled and pounded his chest with his fist -- in part to satisfy Marcus Camby, who joked last week that Aldridge didn't know what to do after posterizing Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves."

  10. Columbian: Bucks play more like reindeer in loss to Portland
  11. “I’ve always been confident, but lately we’re so depleted that I feel like I have to be confident or we’re not going to win,” added Aldridge, who played 44 minutes despite the scoring disparity. “So I have to be a little bit overly confident in my play and my teammates play.”

  12. Portland Tribune: Aldridge, Blazers hammer Bucks
  13. “This is the best I’ve played as far as points in the paint, going for the basket, getting to the free throw line – all those things are pretty high right now,” Aldridge said. “This is the best I’ve played.”

  14. Rip City Project: Game 29 Recap: Blazers 106, Bucks 80
  15. "One of my favorite stats is the sometimes totally arbitrary plus/minus. Monday’s was great for basically everyone in a Blazer jersey. Top plus/minus for Monday: Dre +28. Other high plus/minus: Wesley +25, LA +21, Rudy +20, Nicolas Batum +17. Low plus/minus of the evening: Andrew Bogut -23."

  16. Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 106, Bucks 80
  17. "With the win, The Blazers nudge past .500, but if you're looking to grade this week they earned a solid "A" on the court. Not only did they go undefeated in Brandon Roy's absence, they showed cohesion and energy throughout, avoiding a stumble on Saturday and responding by dropping the hammer tonight. Their reward: four days off before a Christmas date with the Golden State Warriors in Oakland."

  18. Ball Don't Lie: Video: Mike Dunleavy's buzzer-beating, game-winning tip-in
  19. "Credit Dunleavy for keeping his head in the game at the tail end of a difficult night (8 points on 3-for-11 shooting, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range, to go with 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 27:30 of run), recognizing Paul was sagging off to help on the curl and making a beeline for the backboard. And credit Pacers coach Jim O'Brien a bit, too, for a design that had Jeff Foster setting the second screen, drawing Emeka Okafor (15 rebounds) away from the rim, thus clearing out some space for an offensive rebound and putback. There are legitimate things the Pacers did well to make the play work."

  20. SLAM: Carmelo Anthony Willing to Accept Trade to Nets?
  21. "Anthony is inclined to accept a trade and contract extension with New Jersey over his preferred choice of New York only if the Nets are able to bring back a package of significant talent with him, league sources involved in the talks said on Monday. So far, there are trade scenarios that include a combination of Anthony’s Denver teammates – including forward Al Harrington – and other league players coming to the Nets."

  22. DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.21
  23. "LaMarcus Aldridge: 12-18 FG (67%), 5-6 FT (83%), 29 Pts, 19 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk; Aldridge has double-dipped in four straight games and clearly benefits from the banged-up frontcourt in Portland."

  24. ESPN: Daily Dime
  25. "You just realize that you're 26 years old and you're entering your best years in your NBA career and all of a sudden you're sitting on the bench," Gortat said. "You've got to be frustrated, and all of a sudden you've got this opportunity, going to a team with a great point guard with a perfect style. What else do you need? I'm 100 percent sure I'll be good."


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