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Around The World: January 20

  1. Written by: DHawes22

    January 20

    Trail Blazers Trail Blazers v. Raptors Preview: Batum, Camby Expected To Play
    "My eye is fine, X-ray is negative. I should be ok for the Raptors," he tweeted. An hour later, on the subject of possible goggles to protect the eye Friday, he tweeted: "...if I do , I'm gonna go to protective goggles ala Edgard Davis (former soccer player)."

    Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews' Own Personal Temple Run
    “Defense is something that I'm always going to bring with me,” said Matthews. “My thing is, if my shots aren't falling, then the player I'm guarding, his shots ain't going to fall either."

    Oregon Live: Jamal Crawford's slow start with the Trail Blazers is a replay of his early days in Atlanta
    "This is a similar situation," Crawford said of his start in Portland. "Joe pulled me aside and said 'Man, forget that. You gotta be the player you have been. We can't have you just trying to fit in and tiptoe around. We need you to be the guy you have been; that's why we brought you here."

    Columbian: Calkins: Blazers need Camby’s impact
    "Camby’s block per-minute rate as high as it was for several years in his prime, and he’d probably have three times as many swats if opponents weren’t floating it 20 feet high to avoid his redwood arms. "

    Rip City Project: Game 15 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors
    "How should Portland do it? Forget about the last four or five games. Forget about the fact that a dismal road trip can end at even if they can only beat two teams that have already lost a combined 23 games. Forget about the struggles of Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, and now Wesley Matthews. Forget about all of it and just play. I promise you that if Portland comes out on Friday and just plays and doesn’t try to over think things or get ahead of themselves, they’ll win no problem."

    Blazersedge: Game 15 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors
    "Toronto has one of the worst offenses in the league, bar none. Portland's bad nights look average to them. They're 27th in the league scoring points in the paint. The Blazers aren't great in that category but they look like the Incredible Hulk by comparison. Toronto is dead last in fastbreak points too. They're 25th of 30 in free throw shots drawn. Where, exactly, are their easy points coming from? Maybe you could get away with that if you had a dominant post guy scoring all your inside points surrounded by a bunch of deadeye shooters. Cross-eyed is more like it. The Raptors are bottom third in the league in both three-point percentage and overall field goal percentage. They don't even offensive rebound well to make up for this melange of horror. In short, if they score a bucket it's your fault...totally on you. Bad defender! Bad!"

    Ball Don't Lie: Javale McGee’s mom would like you to know that she didn’t raise a ‘knucklehead’
    "We tend to see the opposite of what McGee sees. When McGee chased down his first NBA triple double almost a year ago, he did so at the expense of a team that was already losing badly to Chicago. He might be the worst defender to ever lead the NBA in a defensive statistical category. The dunks and highlight reel footage in the midst of Wizards losses? That's just silliness from someone who clearly doesn't think it's that big a deal, so we can't kill the guy for listening to his instincts. The betrayal of his gifts? That's open for a critical tone, though."

    The Basketball Jones: Brian Scalabrine Is The Best
    "Basically, Brian Scalabrine is just a chill bro who loves playing basketball, takes his bizarre kind of fame in stride and likes to chow down on pork tacos. He even admits he tries to score when he gets put in at the end of games because that’s what the fans want. He’s livin de life like a regular A. Samuels."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.20
    "LeBron James posted 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, three blocks and two three-pointers last night against the Lakers. He shot 44 percent (12-27) from the field, 71 percent (5-7) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. Maybe it wasn’t as momentous as MJ’s “flu game,” but this was a huge line from a guy who was questionable with the flu-like symptoms until about an hour before the start of the game. LeBron has hit nine three-pointers in his last three games, which is noteworthy because he hit zero threes in the 10 games before that. "

    DIME: Filling Out The NBA All-Star Lineups
    "My claims early in the season that the Blazers were the best team in the West seem a little too sunny now. But I still believe in the playoffs, no one wants to see Portland. A major reason is Aldridge, who’s become one of the best power forwards in the West almost by default: Dirk is playing every game like he mixed beer and whiskey the night before; Gasol is playing like he was traded, and then forced to come back to the team that didn’t want him anymore (Oh yeah, that actually happened); Z-Bo is out for a while; and Tim Duncan is officially old. Aldridge is scoring 22.5 points a night, with a PER of 22.6, and is sort of owed a selection for last year."

    SLAM: Post Up: LeBron-A-Thon
    "Hmm, that was easy. Even without Dwyane Wade in uniform, the Heat laid the smackdown on the Lakers, putting the game out of reach by halftime. At the break, the Lakers trailed 52-37, and LeBron James had already racked up 13 points, 6 dimes and 4 boards. In the first half, 21 of the Lakers’ 37 points came from bigs Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, and Los Angeles shot 13-of-42 as a team, good for 31 percent—not good. It proved to be too big a hole to dig out of, despite 14 of Kobe Bryant’s 24 points coming in the fourth quarter, a season-high 26 points from Gasol and another double-double from Bynum (15 x 12). LeBron finished with a ridiculous 31 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds, singlehandedly pacing Miami and putting together his own personal highlight reel for the night: defense, more defense, defense to offense, fast break, hustle. But the big news from this game, and I do mean big, was the Eddy Curry sighting. Ed looked a bit lost out there on defense, but he found himself in the right place at the right time on a couple offensive possessions, finishing with 6 points and 3 rebounds in his 6 minutes of action. Miami is now 5-0 when DWade doesn’t play—that means nothing, probably, maybe, obviously, kinda, sorta, but I thought it was worth mentioning."

    SLAM Via Ney York Daily News: Brook Lopez Unsure of His Future With the Nets
    "That trade deadline, March 15 in this lockout-condensed season, has been the date looming over Lopez. So Thursday, when he was asked if he saw his future with the Nets, Lopez laughed before he answered. ‘Ha, ha, ha. For today?’ he asked. ‘I don’t know (if I’m going to be with the team in Brooklyn),’ he said. ‘I’d like to be, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, so I don’t know.’ Part of the uncertainty stems from how Lopez will return from the broken foot. The 7-footer is coming off a career-best season, when he averaged 20.4 points.”

    ESPN: Dwight Howard To Lakers' Rescue?
    "Depends. If by "adequate," you mean "equal," then fiction. If by "adequate," you mean "a talented but injury-prone center who's probably the best consolation prize out there," then fact. Honestly, if they don't get a suitable offer, I think the Magic would be best served letting Howard walk and entering "rebuild" mode with boatloads of cap space. However, not many teams ever do that."


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