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Around The World: January 17

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    January 17 Video: Trail Blazers 84, Hornets 77 Video: Jamal Crawford Feature Video: Trail Blazers Reflect On MLK

    Trail Blazers: Talking A Big Game
    “I've been on teams -- I've been here -- where you could lose three and everybody starts thinking too much and everybody starts getting down and it can go to four (losses),” said Aldridge. “It's like 'No, I'm not letting that happen.' It's like 'Ya'll miss shots, ok, let's just keep shooting.' I just want everybody to stay confident. Like, even I was hesitant in the first half. I was like ‘If I'm hesitant, then how are they going to be confident?’ So I'm just talking like 'Just keep shooting, keep shooting.' Cause you know, it's tough on the road. We've played so many on the road in so few days, so I was trying to tell guys to stay confident and keep shooting.”

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Changing of the guards still a work in progress
    "I'm thinking too much. I'm caught between should I shoot, or should I run the team," Crawford said. "But I will do whatever coach wants. There's no excuses. I'm still the one out there playing."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Snap Losing Streak In New Orleans
    "We needed a win and we’ll take it," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We know we can play better and we know we’ll have to play better, but we’re happy with the win."

    Tail Blazers: Trail Blazers Recall Armon Johnson From NBDL
    "In five games with the Stampede, Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He put up a season-high 19 points to go along with two assists and five rebounds Jan. 9 against the Erie Bayhawks."

    Trail Blazers: Road Review: Back On Track In New Orleans
    "The Trail Blazers came out looking like a different team in the second half. Whatever Nate McMillan—or whoever led the halftime chat—said, it worked. The guys ran the floor, moved without the ball, passed and had far better shot selection than in the first half. It was a massive improvement in many departments."

    Trail Blazers: Blazers Scratch Out Win In NOLA
    "They ended up putting together a 27-point third quarter, which was actually impressive given how low scoring this thing was all night. LaMarcus Aldridge got busy at the offensive end, and the Blazers went back to scoring in the paint. They scored just two points in the paint in the second quarter, but scored 12 in the paint in the third."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers 84, Hornets 77: Portland ends losing streak but leaves some questions unanswered
    "It's a work in progress," guard Jamal Crawford said, describing where the Blazers find themselves 13 games into the season. "There will be good moments and not-so good moments. But it's how we bounce back from the not-so-good moments that will determine where we'll be at the end. We can't hang our heads. We just have to keep fighting through this."
    Portland Tribune: Blazers shake doldrums, end losing streak
    “We can’t lose four in a row. We dug deep tonight. I’m a leader. I had to dig deep. I found some energy, and guys fed off of it.”

    Rip City Project: Game 13 Recap: Blazers 84, Hornets 77
    "Portland wasn’t all bad Monday. I mean they did get the win after all. Nicolas Batum led in the positive category with 19 points in 32 minutes (although he did have a team low in the plus/minus category with -9). LA was there too, finishing with 22 points, and the flourish to start the third quarter that ended up being the difference. My personal favorite positive stat from Monday: Kurt Thomas 4-of-5 shooting and a +17."

    Blazersedge: Recap: Trail Blazers 84, Hornets 77
    "Nicolas Batum again earned the game ball. He started out with some tough rebounding, helping turn that department to the Blazers. He added some shooting, driving, was his second excellent effort in a row. A third would be close to a record for him, so let's see what happens against Atlanta. 6-11 shooting, 5-6 from the line, 2-5 from the arc (those shots loosening up the interior for teammates), 19 points, 6 rebounds."

    The Basketball Jones Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ivan Johnson Doesn't Watch Basketball
    “My thing is, I don’t really watch basketball so I don’t know who anybody is,” Johnson said after sinking two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to give the Hawks a 93-91 victory over the Timberwolves Saturday. “So when I match up against them, they are a regular player. I know the major players like LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant], [Dwyane] Wade but all the extra ones I don’t know. Even if I did know them, I’m not going to be afraid. We are playing basketball.”

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 741: Homecomings
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas give standing ovations to both Kendrick Perkins and Lamar Odom’s homecoming video tributes. Also discussed: Back-breaking Thunder three-pointers, whether the Celtics should “blow it up,” Vince Carter’s limp, Matt Barnes’ kindness, if Kobe will win the scoring title, and whether we’re overreacting to JaVale McGee’s self-oop off the glass. All that, plus Marcin Gortat doodles, Skeets’ Book-Off slide, and which NBA player would make the best politician."

    DIME Who’s Better: Dwight Howard Or Andrew Bynum?
    "Dwight Howard is without a doubt the most dominant center the NBA has seen since Shaq. He’s averaged a double-double in all seven of his full seasons (and doing it again this year). On top of that, he’s started just about every game in every season while Bynum has never started more than 65 games and has averaged a double-double just once (a 35-game 2007-08 season). And for those of you that think this season has been any reason to call Bynum a better center, Dwight refreshed your memory with his 45-point, 23-rebound performance against the Warriors. "

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.17
    "Joe Johnson posted 27 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, three blocks and three three-pointers last night. He shot 45 percent (9-20) from the field, 86 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line and turned the ball over once. Johnson has really turned things up a notch lately and is putting up top 40 numbers so far this season, a notable improvement from last year’s disappointing averages. There’s not much reason to think he can’t keep this up."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Manic Moinday
    "Neither team could get much offense going in the first half, and the Blazers led 37-35 after two quarters, before LaMarcus Aldridge took it upon himself to will Portland to their 8th win of the season, snapping a three-game losing streak. Aldridge scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and sparked a 17-2 third-quarter run by the Blazers, during which he shot 5-for-5. Nicolas Batum scored 19 points off the bench and Ray Felton had 12 assists in Portland’s win, despite being outrebounded 40-37 and outscored from the free throw line, 21 to 10. The ageless Kurt Thomas started his second straight game in place of an injured Marcus Camby. The Hornets got 21 points from Jarret Jack and 12 each from Emeka Okafor and Chris Kaman, but New Orleans couldn’t make a single three-pointer in 9 attempts, and starters DaJuan Summers, Marco Belinelli and Jason Smith combined for just 12 points on 5-of-21 shooting. The awkward starting lineup came as a result of the continued absences of Eric Gordon (knee) and Trevor Ariza (groin)."

    Sherridan Hoops: Exclusive: Clippers now on Dwight Howard’s wish list
    “The Nets are either going to end up with both of them or neither of them,” a third league source said, going so far as to predict that the Nets would trade Williams prior to the deadline if Howard gets dealt to a different team (Lakers, Mavericks, Clippers) that would be able to sign him for the long-term."

    ESPN: Power Rankings: Chicago Bulls rise to No. 1
    "The Blazers have looked tired more than once lately, which figured to be less of an issue for them because of their depth. They're also still looking for offensive consistency, scoring better than 105 points per game at home but just 89.3 ppg on the road."


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