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Around The World: January 19

01/19/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    January 19

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Trail Blazers 89, Hawks 92

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Crawford Scores 14 In The 4th

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Players-only meeting addresses problem: team chemistry is too good
    "We are having breakdowns and making mistakes and the chemistry is so good, and you are so close to the next guy, that you are not getting on him," said Aldridge, a co-captain. "We have to get to the point where we can get on anybody, and get on everybody. You know, to where everybody can get on me, and I can get on them. But this guy is making a mistake, and it's 'It's OK, it's cool. Shake it off.'"

    Hang Time Blog: Crawford Feeling Good About Move
    “It’s unbelievable,” said Crawford, the NBA’s Sixth-Man of the Year in his first season with the Hawks. “On off days I can go home and come back [to Portland]. It’s like a 20-minute flight or a two-hour drive. And the fan support … it’s similar to what they have in Oklahoma City in that we’re the major thing going on in town. They have 166 straight sellouts. It’s unbelievable. And the fact that I have family able to come to games and stuff is priceless.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Comeback Bid Falls Short
    "Right now it seems like we’re playing harder when we get down instead of playing that way from the beginning of the game. That makes it tougher on us to come back and pull out games," Crawford said. "We just need to have a good practice tomorrow and play harder next time out."

    Trail Blazers: Road Review: Disappointed In Atlanta
    "The winner of the workhouse award is Craig Smith. In his 11 second quarter minutes he shot 2-of-4 from the field, 3-of-5 from the charity strip and scored seven points. More importantly, his strong line was amplified by the hustle he demonstrated. Smith coupled with Kurt Thomas to own the paint for the Trail Blazers and keep them in the game."

    Oregon Live: Atlanta 92, Portland 89: More troubles on the road as Blazers lose to Hawks
    "People keep saying we're good, we're going to be OK," LaMarcus Aldridge said after the Blazers lost for the fourth time in five games. "If we keep thinking like that, then we won't ever figure it out. And we've got to figure this out before things get bad."

    Portland Tribune: Another poor start, another loss for Blazers
    “We need to play harder,” McMillan said."

    Rip City Project: Game 14 Recap: Blazers 89, Hawks 92
    "Give Atlanta a lot of credit too. They tried hard to lose this game, especially in the fourth quarter. Portland outscored Atlanta by 10 in the game’s final 12 minutes, and the bulk of the Hawks’ scoring came at the end of the quarter. Atlanta didn’t get their first fourth quarter bucket until the 6:35 mark of the quarter, and their 13-point lead had completely evaporated. But where Portland couldn’t make their extra looks at the hoop, Atlanta could. In Wednesday’s final frame, Joe Johnson, and then Josh Smith stepped up and knocked down shots when Atlanta needed them the most."

    Blazersedge: Game 14 Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 89, Atlanta Hawks 92
    "To their credit the Blazers didn't give up. Instead they returned to the lock-down defense with which they had started the game. The result was zero points for the Hawks in the first five minutes of the final period. On offense they let Crawford go to work and he responded with 9 points in less than 2 minutes. When he hit a three-pointer from a suburban peach tree orchard with 6:15 remaining in the period the Blazers took the lead again. That's when Joe Johnson decided to put an end to that. He immediately hit a 15-footer to put the Hawks back up and hit a three a couple of possessions later. Aldridge hit a 12-footer but Josh Smith got it back and then the Hawks relied on their guards (and Portland's lack of guard defense) to close the game. Johnson and point guard Jeff Teague scored 7 of the Hawks' final 9 points of the game, many from the line. Crawford and Wesley Matthews tried to answer but Atlanta's duo was slightly more...reliable. Atlanta walks out with a 92-89 victory."

    Ball Don't Lie: Report: Kevin Love has an extension offer from the Wolves
    "The more interesting question is whether Love is worth a max-level contract. He's a limited player, to be sure, with somewhat major defensive issues and sub-elite athleticism. On the other hand, as Zach Lowe points out at SI.com, Love would probably be worth a max if he maintains his current stats and improves his defense to even just an adequate level. This argument makes total sense, because not every player can average 25 and 14 and make it look natural. Love's a special talent."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Big Baby Davis pulls down his shorts, earns a tech
    "In his five NBA seasons, Orlando Magic forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis has earned a reputation as one of the league's most outsized characters. The nickname helps, as does the weight, but he also has a special sort of joie de vivre. Which is another way of saying that his coach with the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, once compared him to a pet dog. Still, even the craziest player in the league wouldn't be expected to pull his shorts down during a game. Yet that's exactly what Davis did on Wednesday night during Orlando's 85-83 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. While leaping to defend an alley-oop to Richard Jefferson, Davis was called for a foul."

    SLAM: Memphis Pro
    "Nobody bonded with me at that time. No support. It was weird. Nobody would say, "Hey man, are you OK?" Nothing. It was more that people thought I was faking, and I have no idea why they would think that. When Grant Hill came back to Orlando after having all of his surgeries, I was the first person to call him and congratulate him for making it back. It seemed like nobody cared about what I was dealing with. That's just how it works, man."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 743: Old Men Winter
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas breakdown one of the most exciting NBA nights in recent memory. Topics discussed include: Andre Miller and soil erosion, Nene’s quiet 20-14, if Evan Turner is the new Brandon Roy, the Knicks true savior (Steve Nash, Baron Davis or Jorts?), Amare’s defense, the terribly underrated Tony Parker, Dirk’s banged up body, and why John Wall will never not do the dishes again. (He’s my roommate, you see.) All that, plus an American with “maple moxie,” Super Spike V’Ball, and a fantastic “Wanker of the Week.”"

    The Basketball Jones: Best worst airball: Nazr Mohammed vs. Jason Maxiell
    "This one is the worst because of the title. There’s no reason to shoot a halfcourt shot with five seconds left, unless you’re a crazy person. If you follow him on Twitter, you know Nazr is one of the most normal NBA guys, so this is just a silly play. A very solid for best worst shot of the night, considering it’s entirely unnecessary."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.19
    "Andre Miller: 12-20 FG (60%), 1-2 FT (50%), 3 threes, 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; Despite coming off the bench, Miller has been a pretty valuable fantasy asset this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 ‘bounds, 6.4 dimes, 1.3 thefts and 0.5 treys, along with decent shooting percentages."

    DIME: Breaking: Russell Westbrook Signs Massive Contract Extension With the Oklahoma City Thunder
    "It would appear that any cracks that may exist in the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook relationship are not going to result in Russ leaving town any time soon. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Oklahoma City Thunder signed Russell to a five-year, $80 million contract extension last night."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Federal Holiday
    "Joe Johnson isn’t known for his defense, but he came up with a big-time steal with just over a minute to play to help the Hawks beat the Blazers and improve to 11-4 (7-1 at home). With Atlanta up 4, Johnson poked the ball free from Wesley Matthews, then hit a wide-open Jeff Teague for a dunk and the Hawks held on from there. Johnson also had 24 points, even after missing his first five shots of the game. The Blazers went up by 1 on a Gerald Wallace bucket in the third quarter, before Atlanta went on a 14-0 run to close out the quarter and seize control. Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller looked riveted by the action. Jamal Crawford led the Blazers in scoring in his return to Atlanta, with 22 points, but Portland shot 38 percent from the field and made just 5 of 19 threes. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 and 11, but didn’t look comfortable down the stretch—a credit to Atlanta’s frontline D. Meanwhile, Josh Smith continued his hot start with 17 points, 11 boards, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals. On a freaky play, Tracy McGrady poked Nicolas Batum in the eye and he had to be taken to the hospital. Ouch."

    Boston Globe: Ainge would consider Big Three trade
    “First of all it’s a different era,” Ainge said. “I sat with Red (Auerbach) during a Christmas party (in the 1990s). Red was talking to Larry, Kevin, and myself and there was a lot of trade discussion at the time and Red actually shared some of the trade discussions. And I told Red what are you doing? Why are you waiting? “He had a chance to trade Larry (to Indiana) for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and (Steve) Stipanovich and he had a chance to trade Kevin (to Dallas) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was like are you kidding? I mean I feel that way now. If I were presented with those kind of deals for our aging veterans, it’s a done deal to continue the success … After those guys retired, the Celtics had a long drought,” he said. “But those (types of fruitful trades) aren’t presenting themselves. In today’s day and age with 30 teams in the NBA, 15 teams know they have no chance of winning a championship. They are building with young players. It’s a different era that we live in. It’s easy to say conceptually but you have to always weigh what are real opportunities."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "A game so close that you could point to a number of different turning points. But boil it down and the reason the Hawks won their fourth straight without Al Horford, while the Blazers went to their fourth defeat in five outings, is pretty simple: In the biggest moments, Josh Smith came up bigger than LaMarcus Aldridge. "

           



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