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Around The World: January 12

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    January 12 Video: Trail Blazers 104, Magic 107 Video: Gerald Wallace Post-Game Interview Video:Jamal Crawford Post-Game Interview

    Oregon Live: Patty Mills returns to Portland in a new role: Trail Blazers fan (video)
    After the game, in between slapping hands and bantering with his old teammates, Mills talked about getting clear of his contract in China, recovering from a hamstring injury and being a Blazers fan

    DIME: Gerald Wallace Is The Key For Portland’s Present And Future
    "It’s not the same as saying he’s gone from Portland, however. Wallace, Quick reported, is open to retiring as a Blazer – and that’s exactly the course Portland should take. Crash brings the toughness that Roy brought on his best nights, acting as a de facto enforcer. Roy’s loss was enormous and emotional for Trail Blazer fans, but Wallace has filled that void better than anyone could have expected. He’s averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 56 percent shooting this season."

    Portland Tribune: One small forward or two? Blazers must weigh how to pay Wallace and/or Batum
    “That’s something you try to do,” coach Nate McMillan says. “We like both. Sometimes things don’t work out because of a situation. The organization has to make a decision, and the player has to make a decision. But there’s no question we want to try and keep both guys.”

    Portland Tribune: Mystery still clouds Oden’s Blazer status
    "Oden continues his daily rehab workouts as prescribed by Steadman at the Blazers’ practice facility with Jensen and strength/conditioning coaches Bob Medina and Todd Forcier. Shooting, jumping, limited running. No three-on-three drills. No scrimmage sessions."

    Trail Blazers: Homestand Ends With Loss To Magic
    “They started out on fire. They pretty much got what they wanted,” said Portland coach Nate McMillan. “When we tried to defend the perimeter and stay out and play Howard straight up, he punished us in the paint. It was one of those deals where they got their rhythm, we dug a hole.”

    Trail Blazers: Magic 107, Trail Blazers 104: Post-Game Notes
    "The 16 3-point field goals made by the Magic tonight tied an NBA season-high. Cleveland, and San Antonio have also knocked down 16 threes in a game this season. The all-time high for made 3-pointers in one game against the Trail Blazers is 17. Orlando hit 11 3-point shots in the first half, one shy of tying an all-time record for made 3-pointers against the Trail Blazers in a single half (12, Milwaukee-1/5/01)."

    Trail Blazers: A Tough And Important Lesson
    "“It feels good. It shows the fight in the team, the team can keep fighting. We easily could’ve gave up this game, mad excuses, but the guys kept fighting and we gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the end and I think that’s the positive thing you can take out of that.”

    Trail Blazers: A Magical Night For Orlando
    "You knew Portland would have another run, and this is why the Blazers are so tough to beat at home. The Blazers did charged back in this game, and cut Orlando's lead to 96-93 late in the fourth quarter. Then, as they did all night, the Magic had an answer. This time it was Hedo Turkoglu, who scored on a drive down the left side, and then hit a three on the next possession to restore a 101-93 lead. The Blazers weren't dead yet. They made it a one-possession game again, at 102-99. But again, the Magic stood strong, and closed out the game."

    Oregon Live: Orlando 107, Portland 104: Blazers' rally is too late against Magic
    "They're built for that," Jamal Crawford said. "If you double team them, they have four shooters. So they make you pick your poison. One shooter is passing to another shooter. I think we figured it out a little bit in the second half and we adjusted. But it was just too little, too late."

    Oregon Live: After loss to Magic, Blazers' schedule starts to even out despite being faced with a 6-game road trip
    "Jamal Crawford, we have plenty of history with," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game. "He's hurt us in the past."

    Columbian: Magic Shoot Down Blazers
    “They hit everything they threw up,” said Blazers coach Nate McMillan, who watched Orlando make 16 of 27 attempts from 3-point range. “They knocked down every mistake we made.”

    Portland Tribune: Dwight Howard's shot doesn't fall, but his 'perfect' game helps Magic fell Blazers
    “I’ve been trying to do that all season,” he said. “Until I find a good rhythm offensively, (I will) just try to get the other guys around me easy shots, reading double-teams, and when they collapse, pass it out.”

    Rip City Project: Game 10 Recap: Blazers 104, Magic 107
    "So the preface to this fourth quarter synopsis was a bit exaggerated, Wednesday wasn’t that afternoon in late April, but it was another exhilarating, and ultimately frustrating, Rose Garden special, the fourth quarter comeback. With 10:58 remaining on the evening, Orlando lead by 20, with 2:38 they led by three. Jamal Crawford kept Portland close through three quarters (if by close you mean still on the score-board) but in the fourth everybody got involved offensively. The Blazers’ balanced offense and a combination of Orlando missing shots for the first time and Portland stepping up their defensive effort turned Wednesday’s fourth quarter into a kind of microcosm of how this Blazer team wins games."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Magic 107, Blazers 104
    "Second, a late-game lineup that doesn't include Raymond Felton can do some serious unconventional damage defensively, with Batum and Wallace free to trap ball-handlers and jump passing lanes with abandon. When McMillan pulled Felton against the Sacramento Kings, Batum and Wallace wreaked havoc, but Sacramento's guards aren't exactly held up as the league standard for intelligence and decision-making. Wednesday showed that they hadn't had a fluke impact. The victim this time was the veteran, playoff-tested Jameer Nelson, who finished the game with five turnovers, including two in the last minute which improbably, albeit briefly, turned a near-blowout into a one-possession game."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Dirk Nowitzki muscles up for a game-winner over Boston
    "The flipside of that situation, of course, is that people now expect him to come through in winning time. Luckily, Nowitzki didn't disappoint on Wednesday night against the Celtics in Boston. With 10 seconds left and the score tied at 85, Dirk took the ball near the three-point line, created space as Kevin Garnett tried to crowd him, and drove to the rim for a lay-up in traffic. Brandon Bass met him at the rim for a hard foul, but Nowitzki was able to lift the ball up in time and get it through the hope. He hit the and-one free throw, the Celtics turned it over, and Jason Terry hit a lay-up to make it a 90-85 win. If Dirk hadn't scored, it might've been a different story."

    The Basketball Jones: Bosh says Wade is Heat’s go-to last second shot guy
    "But seeing it spelled out like that, you can’t help but think of LeBron James. He’s not an NBA champion, he doesn’t have the late game rep that Wade does and even though he has two regular season MVPs, Chris Bosh doesn’t hesitate to say that Dwyane’s the one who takes the last shot for the Heat. Obviously, Chris Bosh didn’t mean it like this, but you could easily read this as a subliminal dig at No. 6."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 738: The Lyin’ King
    "On today’s live edition of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas attempt to sum up 11 mostly insane NBA games in, oh, about 30 minutes or so. Topics discussed include: LeBron’s foul shooting and aggressiveness, the terrible MIA-LAC officiating, the fatigue factor in this shortened season, DeAndre Jordan as a volleyball player, Wade’s save, whiney Blake Griffin, Dirk’s game-winner vs. Boston, and whether we should applaud or ridicule Kobe for again taking more shots than Bynum and Pau combined. All that, plus a familiar “Wanker of the Week,” Google Docs, Score mugs, and Mark."

    SLAM: Post-Up:The Champ Is Here
    "For a game that seemed over once the Magic took a 14-point lead after the first quarter, and one in which Portland never led, the Blazers made a furious comeback to make Orlando nervous. In the first quarter, Orlando outscored Portland 36-22. In the fourth quarter, it was the exact opposite, with the Blazers winning the frame 36-22. Clearly, Portland was not about to give up its first home loss without a fight, even if the Magic led by 23 at one point. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while making just 3-of-12 free throws. Orlando was shooting lights out, though—59 percent from the field AND 59 percent from three-point land—and seven Magic players notched double-digit scoring nights, led by 17 off the bench from JJ Redick. LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 8 boards for the Blazers, Gerald Wallace had 15 points and Jamal Crawford provided a late spark off the bench with 24 of his own in place of Ray Felton, who struggled to a 2-11 shooting night."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.12
    "Kevin Durant finished his big night with 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and three three-pointers. He shot 65 percent (11-17) from the field, 67 percent (4-6) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. This was his third consecutive double-double. After a “slow” start, Durant is back on track, notching more rebounds, assist and blocks than he did last season, while shooting an improved 49 percent (up from 46 percent last season) from the floor."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "It's not that James let Paul and the Clippers off the hook by missing three of six free throws in the final 81 seconds of the fourth quarter. It's that analyzing LeBron's shortcomings in crunch time can overshadow everything else in the league. If the NBA were Wall Street, the "LeBron's Not Clutch" theme would be a growth stock."


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