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Around The World: April 11

  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.7

    April 8

    Trail Blazers: Everything you wanted to know about playoff seeding but were too bored to ask
    "Sarah, our resident playoff positioning expert, has a more in-depth update on where the Western Conference playoff race stands, but in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a explanation from our friends at Elias Sports Bureau regarding all the possible scenarios regarding the Trail Blazers' potential seed in the playoffs, which is dependant on what the Trail Blazers, the Hornets, the Nuggets and the Grizzlies do in the remaining games of the season."

    Trail Blazers: Gerald Wallace-Ron Artest Rivalry Heats Up
    "Like in the Trail Blazers’ 93-86 win over the Lakers last night at the Rose Garden, where the cat-and-mouse game between Wallace and Artest turned into a destructive episode of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner with all the explosions and fireworks. "

    Oregon Live: The Blazers' Larry Greer: The Spy Who Everyone Knows
    "The Blazers are clinging to sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race with two games remaining. Two games separate the second seed from the fourth seed and three games separate the fifth seed from the eighth seed. One quarter, even one possession, over the final two games can make the difference between facing the Dallas Mavericks or the two-time reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. And a person you've probably never heard of -- Larry Greer -- might just end up being the person who cements the Blazers' playoff fate."

    Columbian: Blazers: Report Card (week of April 4-9)
    "When two of your three games are at home, and two of your three opponents are sub .500 teams, you can’t do better than a B after going 2-1. But if Portland was going to go 2-1 over that stretch, they did it in the ideal way."

    CBS: Monta Ellis taken to hospital after hard fall
    "He landed awkwardly and appeared to hit the side of his head on the hardwood floor. Ellis remained on the ground for a minute or so and when he got up appeared visibly woozy. Ellis, who got fouled on the play, went to the bench and did not return ... Warriors coach Keith Smart said after the game that Ellis had been bothered throughout the game by a sore ankle. Ellis ended up playing just 26 minutes, but sat for most of the fourth quarter."

    NBA: Some difficult choices found in this batch of award winners
    "I kind of take it in stride. It kind of came out of the blue, when Brandon went down. I had to make my role be a lot bigger, do a lot more on the court. Nate (McMillan) just came to me, you know, and he was like, 'We need you to be our guy now, until Brandon gets back. I know you can do it.' He always talks about I have the ability to dominate a game, and now he was like, now you really have to. I work hard every summer to try to get better. So I felt I put myself in a good position to make this next step, and I've been doing well so far."

    The Basketball Jones: TBJ positional power rankings: NBA centers, April 2011
    "It’s tricky figuring out whether to rank Stoudemire as a center or a power forward since Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has switched him between positions throughout the season. Most of his minutes were at center so that’s where he gets ranked for now, but the good news for Knicks fans who have grown tired of Stoudemire’s inconsistent attentiveness on defense is that D’Antoni is reportedly leaning towards starting Shelden Williams at center in the playoffs."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.11 (Weekend Recap)
    "Jrue Holiday (4/8): 3-11 FG (27%), 7-7 FT (100%), 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 5 TO; Though he’s struggled with his shooting from the floor this month, Holiday has dished eight assists per game in April. He’ll finish the season with top-70 averages. Expect him to make even more progress next season"

    ESPN: Power Rankings
    "Sources say there are no back-to-backs in the playoffs. So it seems safe to buy into the idea B-Roy -- like Portland's depth, home-court mojo and versatility since acquiring G-Wallace -- will be a playoff factor. "

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Remember the Rondo that used to slice up defenses and energize the entire team? That guy was not in Miami. Let's say it was some guy named Ron Rajon who had seven points and five dimes in the loss. "

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Lakers' tough guy act doesn't seem to be scaring anyone as losing streak grows to five
    "He just asked me if we were happy about this win," Perkins said. "My reply was, 'We're happy about every win. Yeah, we are happy about the win and we are going to be happy if we win tomorrow.' So who's not happy after a win? But you know, it's Kobe being Kobe."


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