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Around The World: December 27

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    December 27 Video: Trail Blazers 107 76ers 103 Recap Video: LaMarcus Aldridge Post-Game Interview Video: Wesley Matthews Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Down 76ers For 11th Straight Home Opener Victory
    "We want to play through (Aldridge)," said head coach Nate McMillan. "We want him to get deep in the post and play through him. I thought he established that early in the game.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 107, 76ers 103: Post-Games Notes
    "Marcus Camby’s 13 rebounds are the most by a Trail Blazer in a season opener since 2005-06 (Zach Randolph). At the half, Marcus Camby led Portland in rebounds (nine) and assists (four)."

    Trail Blazers: At 'Sixty Percent' Gerald Wallace Thrills On Opening Night
    “It keeps my adrenaline running and it keeps me going out on the court,” Wallace said of the Rose Garden crowd. “I definitely feed off the fans and their energy that they put into this building every night.”

    Trail Blazers: One Down, 65 To Go
    "The MVP honors in this game absolutely have to go to Gerald Wallace. We've said this many times, but Crash was everywhere. He had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and even hit a big three pointer during a 10-0 Portland run. Keep in mind, most of what Gerald does for his team doesn't show up in the box score."

    Trail Blazers: My 2011-12 Season Predictions
    "I'll be honest: when I went through the schedule pickings win and finished at 41, I thought it sounded a little high. So I picked again, and ended with 42 wins. Still suspicious of my own judgment, I went back and looked at last year's 48-38 record, which is a 59 percent winning percentage. My 41-25 pick is 62 percent winning percentage. I think this team is about three percentage points better than last year, so I'm sticking with my gut."

    Trail Blazers: Sarah's 2011-12 Season Predictions
    "It took me a few tries to settle on my final prediction of 39 wins. My initial picks of wins and losses resulted in 41 wins. Thinking that was a bit high I perused the schedule again and adjusted a few games. I amended my original 2-2 series spilt with Oklahoma City to a 1-3 overall, I think they’re just that good. I also amended a win over Phoenix on January 6th to a loss. We’ll be on the second night of a home back-to-back with the LA Lakers on the first night. Honestly, I think we’ll get one of these two games, but it’s a toss up as to which one."

    Oregon Live: Blazers look pretty darn good, at least until they ran out of gas, in win over 76ers
    "I was flat," Aldridge said. "I had a lot of good looks. I think I kind of got frustrated with myself, but my legs weren't into my shot. I think I got tired out there and then I started shooting standing up and not using my legs anymore."

    Columbian: Aldridge Leads Blazers To Win
    “He’s a big-time player. This is a guy who has had three 50-point games,” said Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, who finished with 16 points on 4-of-14 shooting. “We all know what he can do.”

    Portland Tribune: 'Up and down' Blazers hold on to pick off Sixers
    “We should have blown that one open,” said forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who led the Blazers with 25 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots in 42 minutes. “We had (the 76ers) down early. They kept grinding it out, kept making plays, and we got a little tired. They pushed us to the limit tonight.”

    Rip City Project: Game One Recap: Blazers 107, Sixers 103
    "This is kind of a catchall. Portland executed very well in the game’s opening half, meaning they were communicating on offense and defense, moving the ball around, attacking the rim, and knocking down open shots. In the second-half the execution slumped a little bit. Defensive rotations were a little slow, the up-and-down offense ground to a halt, the shot selection wasn’t quite as good as it had been. The Blazers needed scores and stops to coast to an easy win. Shots weren’t falling, and Philly was getting great looks. Twice Portland gave up wide open threes to the same player on back-to-back possessions–first to Andre Iguodala and then next to Lou Williams. Not quite end of the game execution."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 107, 76ers 103
    "The up-tempo potential is certainly there, particularly after forced turnovers. 28 points off 20 turnovers doesn't lie. Passing lane deflections morph fairly seamlessly into transition opportunities and there were regularly finishing options -- both at the rim and spotting up -- galore. The night's most inspired play came with some back and court passing between guards Jamal Crawford and Wesley Matthews in an advantage situation. Loose and confident, how basketball was meant to be played."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: The NBA, all 65 years of it, is back
    "To pump you up even further? Here's TNT's most recent intro celebrating the NBA's lineage, including the cadre of current legends that still roam the hardwood as 2011 bleeds into 2012"

    Ball Don't Lie: Andray Blatche tells everyone he needs the ball in the post
    "To his credit, Blatche is at least a little right. At, Nick Flynt noted that Blatche has been better in the paint over the course of his career, even if he hasn't been particularly efficient. On the other hand, Nick also found that Blatche didn't dive into the paint after screens to get the ball on the block. He had a right to question if he was getting the ball in the best places, but he also didn't take advantages of the opportunities he was given. So who's to blame, really?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Charity work saves Philly’s Lou Williams from a robbery attempt
    "There's crime everywhere," said Williams. "I was debating whether to pull off to help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking, and we came up with a solution before I could really say much. I treated him to McDonald's."

    The Basketball Jones: The TBJ 2011-12 NBA season prediction countdown: 3-1
    "I’m just going to go ahead and throw this out there: 58-8. I’ve done the math and that’s an .879 winning percentage — the 1995-96 Bulls’ winning percentage in their historic 72-10 season was .878. I’m wearing armor as I write this in preparation for the slings and arrows of your outrage."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.27
    "He thrived last night against he Lakers and is reminding fantasy owners why he was such a big deal last season. Still, the abundance of offensive weapons on that Kings roster makes it hard to see these kinds of games on a steady basis from Thornton. That isn’t to say he won’t be a fantasy stud, thanks to his three-point shooting – it’s just a reminder to set expectations at a reasonable level."

    SLAM: Post Up: Chris, Who?
    "Happy Birthday, Eric Gordon. A day after EG turned 23 years old, he turned in an great performance against the Suns, capped off by a 20-footer with 4.2 seconds remaining to give the Hornets their first win in the post-Chris Paul era. Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, provided the clutch fireworks when called on, and did it all like he’d done it before. A Star is Born? Was he already? Does playing in New Orleans mean you can’t really be a star? Help! With Jarret Jack serving a suspension, Marco Belinelli got the start at the other guard spot, but Greivis Vasquez essentially played the PG minutes, and looked like a shrewd pick-up for the Hornets. New Orleans might be a fringe playoff team, but they’re versatile and have depth."


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