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Around The World: April 6

04/06/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.3

    April 6

    Trail Blazers: End of Year Awards: Need Your Help!
    "I have not filled out my ballot yet because I am not sure of some of what I feel and believe. What I need is a little help from you guys – who all know a lot about the Trail Blazers and the NBA. So I am asking for you to send me your thoughts on who should win the award in these difficult categories. I will give you my thoughts on who’s in the running for each award, but if you have someone you think is more deserving – fire away. "

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: On night Portland qualifies for NBA playoffs, quality in short supply
    "Being hungry. The mental challenge," McMillan said. "Coming with that sense of urgency but being able to be in a calm state of mind and understand where you are and being able to get to that next level of play. With this challenge of coming down the stretch and getting into the playoffs, we have to raise our level of play ... mentally, are we able to do that?"

    Columbian: Blazers fall flat in second half, but back into playoffs
    “I think tonight was one of our worst nights shooting. We had a lot of open looks. Guys had open shots. We just didn’t make them tonight,” said Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who took no solace in the postseason berth. “The loss just hurts because we played so bad.”

    Rip City Project: Game 78: Warriors 108, Blazers 87
    "The difference between sixth and seventh in the West is the difference between matching up with the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, or the Dallas Mavericks. Certainly Portland would prefer to face Dallas given the choice. New Orleans has games to play still against the Rockets, the Suns, the Grizzlies, the Jazz, and the Mavericks. NOLA most likely will not run the table, but if they do win enough to force Portland to take on the defending Champions in the first round, we’ll undoubtedly point to this game as being the one that effectively ended the Blazer season."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Warriors 108, Blazers 87
    "The Blazers have played 78 games this season. In 20 of those games, they have shot 25% or less from the three-point line. In 19 of those 20 brickfests, the Blazers attempted at least 12 or more three-pointers as a team. In the twenty games, the Blazers finished 5-15. "

    The Basketball Jones: TBJ positional power rankings: NBA shooting guards, April 2011
    "These two could easily switch spots in someone else’s rankings, but Wade’s had a slightly stronger finish to the season. Sure, the Heat’s embarrassing loss to the Cavs stands out in a bad way, but Miami has still won 11 of their last 13 games and Wade averaged 26.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.9 blocks in those games. That’s a guard averaging almost two blocks a game. In comparison, Kobe has 10 blocks all season. That may not count for much, but it’s something."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: On a night of spoilers, Kings deal huge blow to Rockets while helping the Trail Blazers
    "The night's biggest spoiler, however, was Sacramento, which beat Houston 104-101. The loss did two things: 1) clinched a playoff spot for Portland; 2) hurt the Rockets' chances of catching Memphis for the No. 8 spot"

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.6
    "David Lee posted 29 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block last night. He shot 77 percent (13-17) from the field, 100 percent (3-3) from the foul line and had four turnovers. This was the kind of line many fantasy owners expected to see from Lee this season, but he fell short of expectations, thanks in part to Wilson Chandler’s tooth. In the past month, however, Lee has averaged top-12 numbers. He shouldn’t be forgotten on draft day next fall. "

    ESPN: Awards Watch
    "Nate McMillan deserves coach of the year consideration for keeping the Blazers afloat despite their rash of injuries, but Aldridge was the glue who held it all together."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "It isn't all bad, Butler. A night after his Bulldogs were served their second straight loss in the NCAA championship game, in unceremonious fashion, Hayward had the best game of his career (22 points on 9-for-14 shooting) to help the Jazz knock off the Lakers."

           


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