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Around The World: April 20

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    April 20

    Oregon Live: After 2 losses in Dallas, Blazers can lean on what Charles Barkley calls 'the best fans in the NBA'
    "I've always said, they have the best home court in the NBA ... they still have the best fans, in my opinion, in the NBA," Barkley said."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy fights off tears, frustration after reduced role in Game 2
    “I come in the last sub of the first quarter … then OK, I'm in there for (2:36), then I play, then it's the end of the quarter,'' Roy said. “Then I start the second and Bam! I'm right back on the bench again. I mean, I don't know what I could have done! Then I sit, and he puts Patty and Rudy in before me. I know physically I have to play, but mentally, how do I just go …''

    Portland Tribune: For Blazers, too much Dirk, Kidd ... and Peja
    “No matter what happens in the first half, you know they’re going to go to him, play through him,” said Portland coach Nate McMillan, who considers Nowitzki the toughest matchup for an opposing defense in the NBA. “With single coverage, you want to try to deny his catch. With (Stojakovic and Kidd) hitting their 3s, that made it tough to mix up the defense."

    Rip City Project: Game Two Recap: Mavericks 101, Blazers 89
    “I gotta say that losing game Two definitely hurts. It puts a serious crimp in the possibility that Portland will take this series, and it’s starting to make all those members of the media, me included, that picked Dallas to lose look a little silly. I will say this though, I really and truly believe that this series isn’t over yet. Dallas has held home. That’s all. Portland has a crazy home court advantage, and has shown that they can hang with this team when everybody in the building is screaming their heads off for their opponents. If the Blazers can regroup, and win games three and four at the Rose Garden, this could still be anyone’s series when it returns to Dallas tied at two games a piece."

    Blazersedge: Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 2 Recap: Trail Blazers 89, Mavericks 101
    "The Mavs were pretty brilliant, figuring out when and how the Blazers were going to help on Dirk and then putting their shooters in the right spot to capitalize. Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, DeShawn Stevenson...these guys did nothing in this game. But they didn't have to because Peja and J. Kidd did it all. Bottom Line: Portland has serious trouble containing Nowitzki to the point of not being able to do it without extra men. Dallas gets clean shots from the resulting rotations and they're hitting them."

    Hang Time Blog: Will Roy Be A Factor?
    "Roy is also in the middle of a simmering controversy between Trail Blazers fans, some who want him out of the way and others who have a hard time seeing the one-time face of the franchise cast aside while his career is in the midst of being ravaged by knee injuries."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Even with players on the Knicks' already-thin roster dropping like flies, Fields couldn't make it on the court, although Roger Mason (18 minutes) made a house call. The once-cherished rookie finished with just four points in 14 minutes for a rousing minus-13 plus/minus."


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