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Around The World: January 10

01/10/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    January 10

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: January 9 Trail Blazers Courtside

    Trail Blazers: 'Lob City' Meets 'Rip City' Tuesday Night
    "This matchup will showcase the talents of star forwards LaMarcus Aldridge for Portland and Blake Griffin for Los Angeles. Griffin has yet to be held under 20 points this season, and the Blazers are 5-0 when Aldridge scores more than 20. They nearly finished with identical numbers in the first meeting, as Aldridge had 19 points and nine boards while Griffin had 20 and 10."

    Trail Blazers: Video: David Aldridge And Frank Isola Show Love
    "David Aldridge, he of NBA.com and TNT, has long been one of my favorite NBA scribes, and he does nothing to change that opinion on today's edition of "The Beat" on NBA.com. Aldridge, along with Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and NBA TV, talk up our beloved Trail Blazers while discussing the best teams in the West and the worst teams in the East. Pretty easy to figure out where we fit in that equation."

    Ridiculous Upside: Portland Trail Blazers Draftee Jon Diebler Growing On And Off The Court In Greece
    "I am definitely following the Blazers. I am wishing them all the best of luck and I think they can have a very successful season. If guys can stay healthy then they should do very well," Diebler started. "It was very unfortunate to see Roy retire. As many people know and would agree, he was one of the better players in the NBA. You never want to see injuries to anyone. I would have loved to have the opportunity to maybe play along side of him and learn from him, but I wish him all the best."

    Sports Illustrated: The Point Forward
    "Wallace isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary for him, but nothing has been more fun this season than watching how Wallace’s do-everything game has fit with Portland’s personnel, know-your-role philosophy, new fast pace and raucous home crowd. A joy to watch."

    Akron Beacon Journal: Kyrie Irving, Blazers’ Nolan Smith remain close as pros
    “He took me under his wing, how to deal with media, fans and off the court stuff,” Irving said. “He was the first one to console me. A combination of things made us become best friends.”

    Blazersedge: Game 9 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
    "Defense is a whole 'nother story for the Clippers, as you might expect. Jordan blocks shots. Chris Paul and still steal the ball every now and again. Griffin can body up and Butler is decent. But those are thin threads, even when woven together. They're short. They don't rebound at all. They're not as good getting back on the break as they are running out. They allow open shots. The Clips are a below average team defensively without a clear path to getting better. If you can avoid the turnover against them and get past their single shot-blocker, you should be home free."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Thunder bounce back from loss to Blazers with sweep of back-to-back-to-back
    "The Thunder did not emerge from the three wins unscathed. Backup point guard Eric Maynor suffered an ACL tear against the Rockets and will miss the rest of the season. Maynor was in the top 10 in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio the last two seasons, making him the kind of steady point guard who is an ideal backup to the explosive, but sometimes unsteady, Russell Westbrook."

    Ball Don't Lie: Jerry Sloan Seems Interested In Coaching Again
    "Still, it's easy to take this news as a positive, if only because Sloan sounds like he wants to get back into the world of basketball. He's a lifer, whether he admits it or not, and the sport is worse off when he's away. Even if he just calls a few games on local Salt Lake City TV every year, it'll be good for the league. If he's involved with hoops, no matter in what capacity, we should celebrate it."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 736: Bring Da Ruckus
    "On today’s live edition of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas play everyone’s new favorite party game, “Wu-Tang Member or NBA Player,” as well as discuss the “Andrea Bargnani, 2012 All-Star” campaign, Thaddeus Young’s deflections, Philly’s Jrue-Lou-Vu combo, Iggy’s passing, how the Knicks aren’t as good as their record, poor Meredith Markovits, Barkley on SNL, disappointing players, and whether Kevin Love is the best forward in the game like he says he is. Enjoy."

    The Basketball Jones: Video: Chicago crowd goes bonkers for Brian Scalabrine
    "Considering the fact that there are 21,000 people standing on their feet and screaming at the top of their lungs for a human victory cigar, it’s pretty impressive — though I’m not willing to admit that’s the right word for it — that Stacey King’s “White Mamba” exaltations are the most ridiculous thing about this clip."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.10
    "Tyson Chandler posted 20 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and three blocks last night against the Bobcats. He shot 88 percent (7-8) from the floor and 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line, and didn’t have any turnovers. Though he’s been a bit inconsistent, Chandler is averaging 12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 turnovers per game, while shooting 73 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line. Those are top 10 numbers. He’s also playing nearly six more minutes per game than he did last season. So long as he’s healthy, Chandler’s a very helpful fantasy player."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Sixers Win Sixth
    "Philly used a 15-3 third quarter run and got 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 dimes from Andre Iguodala to fend off the Pacers. Indiana got within six with just over two minutes to play when Roy Hibbert dropped in a mini-hook shot and was fouled, but he failed to convert the three-point play and the Sixers—now off to their best start in a decade at 6-2—took home their third win in four nights, all at home. In fairness, the Pacers played without Danny Granger and his team-leading 15 PPG. The rest of the Indiana squad shot 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range, while Philly had six players score in double figures, including 13 and 6 assists from Lou Williams and 12 apiece from Jrue Holiday, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner. Even rookie Nikola Vucevic dropped 11 points (including a 3-ball to cap off that big third-quarter run) and snatched 8 boards in 17 minutes off the bench, as the Sixers played team ball, hustling, playing defense and even getting out on the break for 17 points in transition. Both these teams sit with six wins, and both look to be in the mix for a jump in playoff seed from last season."

    SLAM: Patience Is A Virtue for Rubio
    “I think having him come off the bench helps us a lot because the game changes due to him pushing the ball,” Rick Adelman said. “We come with a group that is smaller and more active. We can run down the court or we can run pick-and-roll. Right now that’s his best style of play when he can come down the court attacking and trying to find people. I just like his energy because our team changes when he comes into the game.”

    Hang Time Blog: Rose Still Needs Help In Chi-Town
    "The Bulls won more games than any other team in the league a year ago. The Bulls have the second-best record in the NBA this season. The Bulls have the President of the United States talking about welcoming them to the White House next year to celebrate a championship. The Bulls have the reigning MVP Derrick Rose playing like he’s ready to go back-to-back."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "In his first time stepping in front of the MSG home crowd as a starter, Iman Shumpert -- "Shump" or "Shump-Shump" as he's now referred to thanks to one wonderfully placed MSG mic in a preseason practice session -- proved his ability to step into (one of) the void(s) that years of roster-razing has created in order to construct the New York Knicks' star-studded trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. After a rocky start that saw him tank two of New York's first three possessions (first by sailing a cross-court pass well over Landry Fields' pointy coif and into the stands, then clanking a long-2 on the next), Shumpert quickly rebounded, helping to start and finish alley-oops in the Knicks' first-half lob-fest, slashing through the lane and creating transition opportunities, and using the long-reach grabbers attached to his shoulders to get his hands in the passing lanes and bother ballhandlers."

           



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