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Around The World: April 5

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    April 5

    Trail Blazers: Chris Johnson Goes Dr. J On Mavericks
    "I guess those things do come easy to a guy with a 7’ 2” wingspan that stretches taller than the average 5-foot-9 American. So those “long gangly arms,” as Barrett described, have become tremendous assets when it comes to attacking the rim, pulling down rebounds and towering a hand over a shooter for a block. "

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers can clinch playoff spot vs. Golden State, but the team is looking toward bigger goals
    "We don't want to be satisfied with just clinching," LaMarcus Aldridge said. "We want to try and keep this sixth spot. It will be good to know we are in the playoffs, but for me, it's not about getting in. I have a bigger picture."

    Oregon Live: Arvydas Sabonis' injury-marred basketball journey ends in Hall of Fame
    "There's no question that before he came over, he was one of the top three centers in the world, right there with (Kareem) Abdul-Jabbar and (Bill) Walton," former coach Mike Dunleavy said last year."He could run like a deer, shoot, pass. He would have been incredible."

    Portland Tribune: Pressure is on Aldridge as Blazers near playoffs
    “LaMarcus has done a great job," Roy said. " If I were grading him, I’d give him an A-plus. Through ups and downs, night in and night out, being expected to accept a certain role — he has been there all the time. He is playing like the best power forward in the league. He has done an unbelievable job of keeping this team where it’s at.”

    ESPN True Hoop: Now doing less: Brandon Roy
    "A Roy-centric team would be (and was) stocked with half-court shooters. Roy would create on the dribble, and either muscle his way to the rim, or pull up for that herky jerky mid-range jumper. Teams doubled Roy, and he would kick to open shooters like Travis Outlaw or Steve Blake, who both had career years from 3-point land alongside Roy. But with Roy's newly limited athleticism, a lot of those plays in the paint have been eliminated, the doubles make less sense, and his game is now affixed further from the hoop (he's shooting as many 3s as ever, but his layups and dunks are way down)."

    The Basketball Jones: TBJ positional power rankings: NBA point guards, April 2011
    "Did D-Will forget to pack his shot when he left Utah? In 11 games with the Nets, he’s shooting 34 percent from the field and 26 percent from beyond the arc. To be fair, he’s playing with a strained tendon in his shooting wrist — it’s beyond me why he’s playing through that for a team with literally nothing to play for."

    ESPN: 5-on-5: Battles for playoff positioning
    "With the rise of Russell Westbrook and the addition of a paint anchor in Kendrick Perkins, this is a team to be reckoned with by the defending champs. The Thunder have been constructed to compete well with L.A. now and for years to come."

    ESPN: Pau Gasol day to day
    "Gasol did not practice, using the time to receive treatment on his right knee and lift weights with his upper body, and reported he was improving. An MRI on Monday revealed a bone bruise, and the team said he was day to day."


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