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Around The World: February 24

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    February 24

    Trail Blazers: In A Day Of Questions, Brandon Roy Provides An Answer
    "It felt good playing," said Roy. "Just trying to get my flow back. I think (team trainer) Jay (Jensen) told me I was out for two months. I didn't even notice it had been that long. But it was good to be back out there playing with the guys. They were very encouraging."

    SLAM: Passing The Test
    “It was the opposite of a demotion. It was like a promotion,” Johnson said. “ You get to move up in the world because of playing time. It’s like you turn from a rookie to a vet that quickly. I had the freedom to run the team. I had guys learning from me so it felt real good. I learned that I don’t have to be afraid to be aggressive on the court. Going down there and learning that, built up my confidence and helped me.”

    Oregon Live: Lakers 106, Blazers 101 (OT): Bryant has closing punch down the stretch to end Portland's win streak
    "I thought there was a lot of contact on that drive, but it felt good," said Aldridge, who was 12 for 18 from the field. "I just shorted it a little bit, but I wanted to go to the basket and try to make a layup. I didn't make the plays tonight."

    Columbian: Bryant strikes vs. Blazers
    "Coming into the game, the Blazers (32-25) were riding a six-game winning streak, a run that included convincing victories over the Bulls and Hornets. It appeared as though their good fortune would continue before a blend of ineptitude and brilliance did them in."

    Rip City Project: Game 57 Recap: Lakers 106, Blazers 101 OT
    "So Portland blows a big one to Los Angeles, and in a sense we start over. The Blazers fall from fifth to sixth, and go back to the drawing board to figure out a way to beat a team with enough big guys to control the paint. It could be a lot worse though. Back in November, the Lakers blew out the Blazers 121-96. At least Portland has shown obvious improvement since then."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Lakers 106, Blazers 101
    "Roy made his return tonight, playing for the first time since Dec. 15. He scored five points and grabbed one rebound, shooting 2-5 from the field in 15 minutes. He received a lengthy and loud standing ovation when he checked into the game in the first quarter and the jumbotron screen showed a "Welcome Back, Brandon!" message."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Cavaliers have traded for Baron Davis
    "Compounding all of this is Cleveland's coach, Byron Scott. I'm not sure Cleveland GM Chris Grant understands that Byron actually did coach the New Orleans Hornets for years (otherwise he wouldn't have hired the guy, regardless of his time spent with Davis), and he certainly can't be buying whatever bunk Byron told him yesterday about him and Davis getting along this time around. That never, ever happens. ''

    Ball Don't Lie: Let's all take a moment to be awed by Michael Beasley's hair
    "Just feast your eyes on that luxurious monster of a fro he sported atop his scalp when his Super Cool Wolves took on the Memphis Grizzlies. It's the perfect hairstyle for the trade deadline — chaotic and sprawling, yet irresistible in its pull. Straddling the line between utter genius and abject madness. Sometimes Einstein, sometimes Carrot Top. Winston Churchill introducing a matinee screening of "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." All of these things, in grand follicular form.''

    Ball Don't Lie: Shawn Kemp rips Blake Griffin's dunk, as Kia takes in the hits
    "I'm a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might've been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I've seen in a long time. I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right? He swung over the car and landed on the hood of the car. I think he should at least be able to jump over the front of the car."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "If the Nets can convince Williams to stay with them as they move into their new Brooklyn home -- at this stage that's still a big "if" -- they should also have the salary-cap room to make a run at Howard or another major free agent. They could take their cross-river battle with the Knicks beyond billboards and other bits of gamesmanship and actually turn this into a basketball battle for regional supremacy. ''

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.24
    "Joakim Noah: 3-7 FG (43%), 1-2 FT (50%), 7 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 TO; This was a nice first game back for Noah, who played 24:36. He’s safe to insert back in your starting lineups."


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