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Around The World: April 25

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    April 25

    Trail Blazers: Portland Puts Pressure Back On Dallas
    “There is a huge difference from being up 3-1 and 2-2,” said Dirk Nowitzki, who had 20 points for the Mavs on Saturday. “This is definitely up there with the most frustrating losses.”

    Trail Blazers: Done. Done. On To The Next One.
    "I guess when you're in a series, it's 2-2, as happy as I want to be about (Saturday) night, it was great for tying up the series, but at the same time, (Monday) is a really important game," said Brandon Roy, "We've got a chance to beat this team on their court. We have to beat them here one time if we want to win the series, so (Monday) is so important that I'm thinking about (Monday) more than I've thought about (Saturday) night."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers have plenty to clean up and overcome as their series against Mavericks continues
    "There's a lot to clean up. In truth, it could be decades before Portland wins another game after shooting 28.6 percent in the first three quarters, as it did Saturday. The Blazers need to play a much better game, from beginning to end, to win today. Sure, Game 6 is already assured Thursday at the Rose Garden, but Portland has to win a game in Dallas to win the series. The earlier the better."

    Columbian: Game 4 leaves Blazers optimistic, Mavs frustrated
    "Dallas went to Portland with the chance to pull off a sweep, but returned home licking its wounds following one of the most humiliating losses of the NBA’s shot-clock era. The Mavericks spit up a 23-point lead with 13 minutes left to lose Game 4 and knot the series at 2-2."

    Portland Tribune: BLAZER NOTES: McMillan lauds Fernandez's defense
    “Rudy was the difference in the game,” the Blazer coach said. “His defensive pressure at the end of the third quarter and in the early fourth really got us going."

    Ball Don't Lie: Derrick Caracter, allegedly, really screwed up
    "[Caracter] "started grabbing and pulling" a pregnant waitress, prompting the manager to go outside and flag down a police officer, Harper said. The female officer tried to defuse the situation, Harper said, but Caracter remained obstinate. The officer arrested him."

    Ball Don't Lie: What should the Blazers do with Brandon Roy?
    "Lost in the hubbub surrounding Roy's stellar quarter, though, was that he played only 24 minutes in the game. That's the sort of playing time better suited for a top reserve than a star, and it helps put the game's accomplishments into better perspective. Roy did not regain his star form over the course of a game; he had perhaps the best quarter of his career while playing relatively limited minutes elsewhere. What this proves, more than anything, is that Roy is not necessarily positioned to become his team's most important player again. He just showed that he can take over a game on occasion."

    ESPN: Are the Mavs done?
    "No. But one feels like we've seen this movie before. Someone strike up the Mavericks Meltdown theme music. Their loss in Game 4 threw the mind back to the Mavericks' previous first-round loss to the Warriors and their Finals loss to the Heat. For whatever reason, the Mavs tend to unravel."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists evened the score with the Lakers. As the smallest guy on the court, it was only right that he equaled the rebounding output that the combined 14 feet of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum managed."


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