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Around The World: January 13

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    January 13 Video: Ray Felton Feature

    Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge Is Done With Playing Robin, Ready To Become Batman
    "I think that because of my first four years of being Robin to Batman with Brandon being our main guy. I think people just saw me in that Robin role and never saw me as Batman. It takes time to really shed that light that I can transform from Robin to Batman and I'm definitely getting the opportunities from my team. I think Coach Nate and all my teammates definitely look for me, a lot."

    Tail Blazers: Trail Blazers v. Spurs Preview: San Antonio Gets Infusion Of Youth
    "The Portland Trail Blazers look to blemish the perfect home record of the Southwest division-leading San Antonio Spurs, who are getting a lift from rookie Kawhi Leonard after losing Manu Ginobli to a wrist injury. "

    Trail Blazers: Road Trip Schedule
    "As Portland heads out onto their first major road trip of the season we of the Trail Blazers interwebz want to keep you abreast of changes in the live show schedules."

    Oregon Live: Watch Gerald Wallace for signs of how the Trail Blazers handle first extended road trip
    "The problem is, the Blazers only play half of their 66-game schedule in the Rose Garden. And when Wallace can't soak in the infectous energy from the home crowd, he has gone from Superman to Clark Kent. In three road games, Wallace is averaging 4.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 16.0 percent from the field (4-for-25). His road woes include a scoreless game at the Clippers and a 1-point game at Phoenix. "

    Oregon Live: Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge is sixth among West forwards in balloting for NBA All-Star Game
    "Although it would be surprising if Aldridge was voted as one of the West's two starting forwards, his sixth-place spot shows that he is starting to gain some added attention. Last season, when some believed Aldridge deserved to make the All-Star Game for the first time, he did not finish in the top 10 in fan voting."

    Columbian: Calkins: On the road to somewhere
    "Last year, at about this same point in the season, Portland lost four consecutive road games to New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington — three of which had abysmal records at the time, and two of which finished the year with fewer than 25 wins."

    Columbian Via AP: Former Blazer Patty Mills visits Portland
    “I’d love to be back here. I don’t know the chances, but obviously I feel like I’m very close to the guys on the team here and obviously to the community,” Mills said. “To come back to a place like this, it definitely feels like home to me.”

    Rip City Project: Game 11 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
    "Beating San Antonio is going to have more to do with how Portland plays than how the Spurs play, and that’s the way it’s going to be all season. The Blazers are as good as probably every top level team in the NBA, meaning if they play the way they want to, they’ll be in any game. What Portland has to do is pretty clear at this point. ONE: Play Defense. TWO: Attack the basket on offense. And THREE: PLAY MORE DEFENSE."

    Blazersedge: Game 11 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs
    "So how are the Spurs riding high at 7-4 with one star out, one star at half of his old self, and one star looking so-so compared to his peak? They're dang smart, that's how. They're smart enough to get the right shots for all of their second-unit guys, making the team look deep. They're smart enough to run the most efficient offense in the NBA. They're 2nd in the league in three-point percentage, 7th in overall shooting percentage. They're 3rd overall in points per game. That's normally an iffy stat because it's pace- and style-dependent but guess what? They're 20th in the league in possessions per game. That's huge. By comparison Portland is 4th in points per game but also 3rd in possessions per game. San Antonio's 100 points come in far different fashion than Portland's 100 points."

    Blazersedge: Transcript: Blazers G Jamal Crawford Talks Brandon Roy On 1080 AM The Fan
    "We talked about everything. Brandon was probably the last person I talked to before I decided to come to Portland. And we talked yesterday, we talked yesterday on the way to the game actually, we talk every single day. It's always been like that. Now, it's such a unique perspective with him being here and being the guy for all those years. He knows everybody around here, what makes this person tick, how to talk to this person. It's such a unique perspective that he has. I'm always picking his brain on different things, different circumstances. We talked about that, we always wanted to play together. For him to be able to clear up some money for me to come here, it also shows how selfless Brandon is."

    The Basketball Jones: How did the Wizards get this bad?
    "Dearth of on-court discipline notwithstanding, there is a genuine depth of talent to the roster. But even their genuine prospects are suffering. John Wall in particular is off to a terrible start, shooting 35 percent from the field, turning the ball over four times a game and looking thoroughly baffled in the halfcourt. Wall will however at least try to pass, but the same cannot be said for the whole team. As good of shot makers as they are, Andray Blatche, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford seem content with looking only for their own, running isolation after isolation, damaging their reputations, shooting percentages and team performance in the process."

    The Basketball Jones: Don’t worry — Vince Carter’s seat pals ‘were cool’
    “They were cool,” Carter said. “I just didn’t have enough room to sit so I went on the other side of them. That happens sometimes. They were good dudes. That was where their seats were, so it wasn’t any big deal. But I have to admit, it looked funny when I saw the video.”

    DIME The Latest On Rasheed Wallace’s Potential NBA Comeback
    "So assuming Wallace wants to return, who takes a chance on him? As Wojnarowski notes, “In a limited role, several GMs told Yahoo! they still believe his scoring and defending ability would probably be better than anyone else available to them.” Teams like Atlanta and Golden State just lost bigs for the next few months, and Wallace could potentially step right in and contribute. Wallace also clearly holds appeal for teams contending for an NBA title, but after 18 months away from the game, everyone is worried about his shape and conditioning in a condensed season."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.13
    "Dwight Howard was truly a beast last night, posting 45 points, 23 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks against the Warriors. He shot 57 percent (12-21) from the field, 54 percent (21-39 – the 39 attempts broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 50-year-old record of 34) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. Not much needs to be said here. Howard’s averages this season nearly match his output from 2010-11, except that he’s dishing out more assists (2.3 vs. 1.4) and turning the ball over less (3.1 vs. 3.6). The Magic only had two games this week, which means owners who unwisely benched the guy in weekly update leagues are kicking themselves this morning."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Dwight Night
    "The NBA’s been saving the best for last, huh? Seems like every night now, the late-night NBA option is better even than HBO alternatives at that hour. Mark Jackson is really trying hard to get us to notice him as a coach, and he did so last night by committing, 100 percent all-in, to the “hack-a-Dwight” strategy. It worked so well, in fact, that Dwight Howard broke the nearly 50-year-old record held by Wilt Chamberlain for most free throw attempts in a game. Superman made 21 of 39 foul shots. 39 free throws. In one game, for one guy. Look at it this way: the Washington Wizards made 26 field goals on Wednesday against the Bulls. Dwight Howard made 21 free throws last night against the Warriors. So how did Dwight deal with the extra special attention? All he did was go off for 45 points and 23 rebounds, becoming the dominant force for Orlando that he soon will be for another team we’ve all been expecting to see. Sure, he missed 18 free chucks, but Dwight more than made up for it with his hustle and his constant demand for the ball, despite the hack jobs. (Although his bricks from the line won’t help improve Orlando’s League-worst FT percentage.) Bottom line is, the Magic took home the win, behind Dwight’s effort, 52 percent team shooting, and 20 points and 9 assists from Hedo Turkoglu. It was a great game throughout, despite the constant stoppages to watch Howard’s awful form, with the Warriors getting big-time buckets from Monta Ellis as usual—30 points, 11 assists—and David Lee—26 points, 12 boards. Klay Thompson came off the bench to give GSW a boost, with 4 three-pointers and 14 points in all, but Dwight’s trips to the charity stripe stole the show. The drama continues, as the Magic travel to New York for a Monday matinee against the Knicks."

    ESPN: Al Horford sidelined with shoulder injury
    "I did hear something kind of pop a little bit, so I thought it was something different," said Horford, who wrenched his shoulder while battling for a rebound with Roy Hibbert. "I'm still surprised. I thought I was going to be able to rehab it for a couple of weeks and come back."

    ESPN: Problem solving: Friday's big matchups
    "A go-to scorer. The Nuggets are third in the league in offensive efficiency, but in the playoffs teams need a guy who can get points when everything else breaks down. Looking at Denver's roster; no one stands out as the guy I'd want to rely on in the clutch."


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