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Around The World: December 28

12/28/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    December 28

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Trail Blazers 101 Kings 79 Recap

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Gerald Wallace Post-Game Interview

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Ray Felton Post-Game Interview

    True Hoop: Not Hollywood. Not New York. Not Miami
    "Whereas some players have the self-serving habit of lingering around the circle on defense waiting for the first chance to leak out on the break, Wallace almost always remains in the play. He's primed defensively, prepared to box out his guy or zip in from the weak side to contest a shot if there's an opportunity. But once the shot goes up and it's clear by the ball's trajectory that Marcus Camby or another teammate has a bead on the rebound, Wallace zips down the floor -- and nobody is going to win a foot race down the floor against Gerald Wallace."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Gerald Wallace, meet Section 314 of the Rose Garden
    "I come out and play for them every night and leave it all out on the court," Wallace said. "For them to show they appreciate my hard work on the court ... it feels great."

    Trail Blazers: Wallace Crashes Kings Hopes For Road Win
    "Gerald, his energy was great. Whenever I’ve been able to get him at the four, he’s doing some aggressive things – trapping, running," said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. "With Gerald and Nic (Batum) on the floor it really gives us a lot of speed and that combination, in this short season, has been pretty good for us. He’s just all over the place, providing that energy, that toughness on the boards, blocking shots."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 101, Kings 79: Post-Games Notes
    "The game against Sacramento tonight marked the first time the Trail Blazers started a season with back-to-back home games since 1991-92, the last time the Trail Blazers reached the NBA Finals."

    Trail Blazers: Wallace Takes The Wing In Electrifying Fashion
    “That’s something we had in Charlotte. We was both two guys that was really aggressive on defense. We did a lot of trapping together and we had a lot of fun. So just to get that started with him again, we kinda tried to do that during the second half to start the third quarter and it kinda got everybody going and we blew out the lead.”

    Trail Blazers: Wallace Leads The Way Again
    "The best news? The Trail Blazers have won their first two games and haven't played anywhere near a complete game yet. Once the backcourt starts to hit some shots (which they eventually will) this could be a scary group."

    Trail Blazers: Ray Felton Schools Nolan Smith On The Tricks Of The Trade
    "Ray's my big bro," Smith told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "He's like Coach Nate (McMillan), except he's right there on the court with me in my ear. Every day in practice, if there's something he sees that I should be doing better, he points it out. He's just teaching me all the tricks that he's learned over the last seven years. It's been amazing."

    Oregon Live: Stellar defense keys Trail Blazers' dominant second half against talented-but-young Kings
    "There also was a sign, held up by a guy wearing a No. 25 Blazers jersey, that read, "Welcome home Travis," a tribute to former Blazer Travis Outlaw, who plays for the Kings. Outlaw had a rough shooting night, going 0 for 5 and scoring two points, but did chip in seven rebounds."

    Columbian: Wallace helps Blazers to 2-0 start
    “I thought the defense picked up. We got to our tempo,” McMillan said. “We started to get some stops defensively, then we started to get out and run.”

    Portland Tribune: It's Kings early, but Blazers big late
    “We found a lot of mismatches,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who went for 24 points and eight rebounds, making 10 of 15 shots from the field. “Nic (Batum) had a bunch of mismatches. Gerald dominated whoever he had on the block.”

    Rip City Project: Game 2 Recap: Blazers 101, Kings 79
    "Tuesday night was a prime example of what makes this team so dangerous. As a group, they shot 45% from the field and 17% from three, and they still managed a 22-point victory, beating the Sacramento Kings and moving to 2-0 on the season. OK, so the Kings aren’t the greatest team in the world, but they do have some weapons. What Portland was able to do was neutralize those weapons with outstanding second half defense, and what they were also able to do was turn that defense into easy and frequent scores on the other end."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 101, Kings 79
    "I thought guys looked a little fatigued," McMillan explained. "I thought Raymond got a little tired, turned the ball over a couple of times. Crawford had a bounce. His shot wasn't falling but he had a bounce."

    DIME: The Top 10 Backup Point Guards In The NBA
    "Did you know between his rookie season and the end of last year with the Blazers, Miller started every game except for 17? He’s played in damn near 1,000 of them and it took until he was 35 years old, 12 years in for someone younger to finally snatch the pre-game glamour intro away from him. Ty Lawson isn’t giving up the gig anytime soon, so unless Miller gets traded again, he’s stuck. Thankfully, George Karl seems intent on becoming the first coach in NBA history to field a lineup where everyone plays equal minutes and everyone gets equal shots. Thankfully, this ain’t church league and Miller ain’t a choir boy. The guy who came to represent the NBA’s iron man by not resembling anything close to iron, Miller has averaged 14 and seven in his career. This year in his first game against Dallas in his new role, he was spectacular: 18 points, five assists and even hit two threes."

    DIME: The Top 10 Most Underrated Performances Of The NBA’s Opening Act
    "How come no one is talking about Lawson as a breakout candidate this year? It’s all John Wall this and Eric Gordon that. Lawson has the game, he has the perfect situation and has the roadrunner green light from George Karl. Last night in Dallas, it was a joke. No one could cover him in the first half, and at one point he was 8-for-9 from the field for 20 points. The Nuggets wiped the floor with the depending champs and had Dallas getting run off the floor with boos that should’ve been saved for the Cowboys."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Cole Blooded
    "Gerald Wallace scored 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 24, and each finished with 8 rebounds, leading the Blazers to their second win of the season. Portland can play defense—they held the Kings to 38 percent shooting and 3-16 from beyond the arc—and have that freaky Rip City home court advantage for opponents to contend with. Beware of the Blazers as a sleeper team out west. Five Kings players turned in double-digit nights, led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 16 points (and 11 boards). Tyreke Evans was not one of those five players. Evans had as many turnovers (5) as rebounds and assists combined, and shot 2-8 to finish with 4 points in 29 minutes. On a bad night for Reke, and with with Boogie beasting, it still seemed like Cousins didn’t get enough touches, didn’t it?"

    SLAM: Dirk Nowitzki: Mavericks ‘Look Old and Slow and Out of Shape’
    “We look old and slow and out of shape — a bad combination,” said Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 20 points and sat out the entire fourth quarter for a second straight game, yet another indication of how bad things are going."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "It's only my second game; I don't know what normal is," said Cole, who finished with 20 points, four assists and three steals. "At this level, we're professionals, and at this level we're expected to go out and produce like that."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.28
    "Gerald Wallace: 8-11 FG (73%), 8-9 FT (89%), 1 three, 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 TO; Wallace is off to a blazing (sorry, had to) start this season and seems set to build on the strong season he had with Portland for 23 games in 2010-11."

           



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