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Around The World: April 28

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    April 28

    Trail Blazers: The First 'Must Win' Of The Season
    "Either win or it's over tomorrow," said McMillan. "When you talk about a must win -- you (media) say that a lot during the regular season and I can never get that, because this is a must win. We're facing elimination (Thursday) night. We've won here at home, so we believe we can do it, but this is a must win."

    Trail Blazers: Game Six Promises Energy And Passion
    “We gotta be strong minded,” Gerald Wallace said. “This is the time now. It’s win or go home and that’s seriously the meaning right now so we gotta come out and be more focused and our main thing is be more intense. We gotta come out with energy and be intense.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Ready For A 'Defining Moment'?
    “We have to leave it all out on the floor and play better than we did [in Dallas],” said LaMarcus Aldridge."

    Oregon Live: Behind the Locker Room Door: The origins of Andre Miller's post-up game and his determination
    "In the streets. I was in the streets," Miller said. "In the park, in the neighborhood, wherever. Wherever there were people playing basketball, I was there. Me and my cousins would play basketball every day, all day, in the summer. We would jump parks, or go to different neighborhoods."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers in need of that elusive start-to-finish outstanding game against Mavericks
    "The Blazers -- because of injuries, trades and players not developing -- have an unbalanced roster, with not enough big players and a shortage of dependable point guards behind Andre Miller. They don't quite have the manpower to win easily unless they defend and rebound fiercely, limit turnovers and establish the faster tempo they want."

    Columbian: Aldridge’s playoff numbers trend down
    “He’s been our guy all season long. What more can he possibly do? In my opinion, he was robbed as an All-Star and robbed of being the Most Improved Player,” Camby said. “He’s had a phenomenal season. ... You can’t put all that pressure on him. He’s been the focal point of the whole defense and is still getting the job done.”

    Portland Tribune: Blazers’ Ociepka has a mob of lessons
    "Ociepka is a native of Chicago who grew up on the city’s West Side in the 1950s and ’60s, not far from old Chicago Stadium. He wrote the book with the intention of being motivational, with teachings of morality, friendship, loyalty, justice and all the good things that protagonists of the gangster movies have to offer."

    DIME: Making Moves: 6 Best Celebration Gestures In Basketball
    "The Three Goggles may be flashed upon hitting a three-pointer, but is generally reserved for important, game-changing bombs. In addition to the attitude-enhancement and swag one assumes when wearing them, it’s permissible to don them at any time if wearing them aides in shooting with better vision."

    Ball Don't Lie: Grant Hill thinks a misdiagnosis destroyed his ankle and career
    "I (had been) told everything was fine. I even found out that certain team doctors were questioning whether I was really hurt, thinking I was soft or whatever. This was after I had pulled myself from Game 2 against the Heat. At that time, when I found out I had broken my ankle, as crazy as this sounds, I was relieved. I finally had some confirmation, I finally had proof that I'm really not making it up."

    ESPN: Fact or Fiction: The Blazers will force a Game 7 with the Mavs.
    "Fact. Portland is a really tough place for visitors to clinch a tight series. In elimination games occurring in Game 5 or later (so, sweeps excluded), the Blazers are 6-2 since 1980. Factor in the collective buzz of the Blazer faithful coming off the Brandon Roy Miracle Game and Monday's Patty Mills body-check, and the Rose Garden should feel like Thunderdome."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Unleashed a spate of clutchness to help the Thunder finish the Nuggets in five. Durant went for 41 points and even swatted a J.R. Smith tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds."


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