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Around The World: April 13

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    April 13

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Clinch While Fernandez Lets Go
    "I keep shooting," said Fernandez, who averaged four 3-point attempts a game over the last month despite being decidedly off-target. "Don't feel good, don't feel good and this is the same for shooters. I have to have strong mentality. Right now, the last games in the regular season, I have to be strong right now in the playoffs. So for sure today helps me a lot, take confidence in my shot and it's very good."

    Trail Blazers: Blazers Clinch Sixth, Batum Dishes on First-Round Opponents
    "Now, I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too. Heck, Nate McMillan’s thinking it, Terry Porter’s thinking it and even Blaze is thinking it. The million-dollar question: who do we play in the first round?"

    Oregon Live: Sixth seed in hand, Trail Blazers return to the goal they set before the season: win a playoff series
    "The approach tonight, it was a close-out game," McMillan said. "That was the mentality, the approach I wanted, to see, having an opportunity to close a team out. We hope to have that opportunity in the first round, to close out a team."

    Columbian: Blazers lock up 6th spot in the West with win
    "The next goal is to get out of the first round," he said. "To get to the six spot, I think is a great accomplishment for this team with all they had to go through this year."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers clinch sixth spot in West playoffs
    "Dallas finishes third if the Mavericks and Lakers both win Wednesday. The Lakers would get the second seed by virtue of winning the season series with Dallas 2-1."

    Rip City Project: Game 81 Recap: Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89
    "Rudy’s offense wasn’t the only positive from Tuesday night. Nicolas Batum also came to play. Combined with Rudy, that almost constitutes a bench. Nic’s 16 and Rudy’s 18 helped the Blazer bench win the scoring battle against their Memphis counterparts. Yes, two guys don’t make a bench, and if there is any serious chink in Portland’s armor it is their depth, or lack thereof, but having two guys that can provide offense against a second unit is going to be big when the games start to matter again. Plus both Nic and Rudy have played crunch time minutes, and big minutes. Don’t be surprised if come next week, with Portland in the thick of a tough game, coach McMillan has the fortitude to ride the hot shooting of one of these two guys."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89
    "After the game, Hollins attributed his decision to rest Randolph and Allen to minor injuries. "I didn't want to play Zach these last two games because I wanted to get him rested. He hurt his elbow, he's got the bad knee, I just didn't want to have him out here banging for two more games when we have the playoffs going ... Tony was hurt. His knee and his ankle both swelled up on him last night. He's had injuries all year long but he's been able to play through him but I didn't want him to play through them. He would have played if I had let him."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.13
    "Rudy Fernandez: 18 Pts, 4 threes, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; He’s a candidate to perform well in the final night of the regular season."

    SLAM: Chris Webber Trying to Keep the Kings in Sacramento
    "Although I was unable to reach Webber at his home in Atlanta late Tuesday night, I am aware that he has made overtures about buying into the Maloofs’ majority ownership, but has been rebuffed."

    ESPN: Who will be the breakout star of the 2011 postseason?
    "Big men who score on the block and from midrange are precious commodities. If they rebound and defend, too, we're usually talking about a star player. LaMarcus Aldridge gets some recognition, but clearly not enough to be selected to the All-Star team. This year's postseason will probably change things going forward."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Even with a chance to lock up the NBA's No.1 record, the Spurs sat their stars against the Lakers. Manu did not get hurt on a step-through drive; Tim Duncan's knees remain intact. It's dangerous out there (see Bynum, Andrew). Now the Spurs' creaky statesmen will break out the WD-40 for the playoffs."

    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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