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Around The World: January 24

  1. Written by: DHawes22

    January 24 Video: Trail Blazers 101, Kings 89 Video: Jamal Crawford Post-Game Interview Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Host Red-Hot Grizzlies Tuesday Night
    "Memphis, which hasn't posted eight straight wins since a franchise-best run Jan. 11-25, 2004, nearly saw its current winning streak come to an end Monday at Golden State. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 20 points late in the third quarter before outscoring the Warriors 39-22 in the fourth to kick off their four-game trip with a 91-90 victory."

    Trail Blazers Portland Pounds Sacramento In Rose Garden Return
    "Asked what he feels Smith brings to the court, Aldridge smiled. "Oh, man. For me, he brings rest, he brings me much needed rest," Aldridge said, then added: "We can put him out there and he can post up and he runs well for his position, too."

    Trail Blazers: Crawford And Smith Lead Second Unit To Battle The Fatigue Factor
    "Tonight they did just that. Two units came. Two units played. And two units shared measurable rest. As a tool to combat fatigue and the success it may bring, McMillan put it best, ”If we can get that group, both groups, playing good basketball on both ends of the floor we should be hard to beat.”

    Trail Blazers: A Dose Of Home Cookin'
    "Here's some more truth. This kind of performance was enough to beat the Sacramento Kings at the Rose Garden. But, it won't be enough to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, and certainly won't be nearly enough to win at Golden State on Wednesday. "

    Oregon Live: Portland 101, Sacramento 89: Jamal Crawford's 'fresh start' helps carry Blazers over Kings
    "It's good to get some home cooking in you," Smith said, laughing. "Rhino's need some home cooking."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Like much of the NBA, Portland still getting into shape
    "This season is like life," McMillan said. "And we are in the thick of it."

    Columbian: Back home, Blazers roll past Kings
    "Wallace shared the first-half spotlight with Crawford, scoring 15 of his 20 points during the first two quarters on a night in which he shot 9 of 12 from the field. The forward sat out because of a sprained right middle finger in Portland’s 94-91 loss to Detroit on Saturday, and while the digit was still a nuisance Monday, it wasn’t nearly tender enough to keep him on the bench."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers break Kings early, cruise to victory
    “We did try to compete throughout the game,” Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. “The second quarter got away from us toward the end. It only takes a couple of moments in a game for it to separate. That’s what we had in that three-minute segment of the second quarter, and that was the game.”

    Rip City Project: Game 17 Recap: Blazers 101, Kings 89
    "Two players that stood out in my mind Monday were Jamal Crawford and Craig Smith. Crawford is almost built for the kind of game that Monday turned into. He’s a streaky shooter who isn’t afraid to let it fly from anywhere, and he never backs down from a one-on-one match-up. The Kings don’t play a ton of team defense or offense, in fact if you were paying attention to Monday’s last quarter and change you probably noticed that Sacramento played better when they started moving the ball. Jamal got plenty of chances to go head up with a single defender, and he took advantage of it. Crawford set a new Blazer high with 26 points, hitting nine of his 18 field goal attempts."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 101, Kings 89
    "I've always been able to score," Smith said. "Whatever you've got to do to find your niche, defense, rebounding at first, then you can establish it on the offensive end. It's just part of a progression."

    Ball Don't Lie: Washington Wizards fire Flip Saunders, because it was totally his fault
    "This is the dumbest basketball team I've ever seen. I've seen rebuilding outfits chock full of high school draftees (back when you could play players out of prep school) and international flameouts. I've seen teams playing out the string. I've seen the needle and the damage done. I've seen Stephen Jackson. This Washington team, and I'm not on some cable-addled hyperbolic turn here, is the dumbest basketball team I've ever seen. They really are leading the charge, and not for the purpose of some random column posted in late January."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Jason Richardson leaps off the bench to play defense
    "Of course, J-Rich had good reason to jump, because the Magic only had four players on the court. Incidentally, it seemed as if they were playing a man down at the offensive end most of the night, with Orlando setting franchise records for fewest points (56) and fewest field goals (16) on their way to a 31-point loss. Maybe the referees should have told them to let people jump off the bench whenever they wanted. It might not have even made a difference to the result."

    The Basketball Jones: Kevin Love, master of the crazy face
    "For the past 10 seasons, Pau Gasol has reigned supreme as the NBA’s premier crazy on-court face maker. It’s been a legendary run, with his 2010 playoff performance being hailed as one of the greatest melty face displays in the history of the league. But times have changed. There’s a new crazy face king in town. His name is Kevin Love."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 746: Five Steps You’re Over
    "On today’s volatile live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas discuss: the San Antonio Spurs’ decision to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12 jersey, Avery Bradley’s insane full-court defense, Jameer Nelson’s struggles, the Celtics’ D vs. the Magic’s O, Ricky Rubio’s worst game in the NBA, Kyle Lowry’s sneaky triple-double, and Kevin McHale’s unorthodox ultra-small lineup in the 4Q. All that, plus our sleeper championship teams, the biggest reason the Knicks are on a slide, and dream NBA player/television reality show pairings. Enjoy."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.24
    "Kevin Love finished with 39 points, 12 boards, one assist, one steal and five three-pointers last night. He shot 68 percent (13-19) from the field, 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line and had five turnovers. While Love’s rebounding, assists and shooting percentages are down from last season, he’s improved his three-point making, scoring and stealing. There’s not much else to say about this top 10 stud."

    SLAM: Post Up: Duncan Downs Hornets
    "It would be easy to call this one another snoozer on a rather uneventful evening, but nothing in Portland ever is. Those fans, man. After a dead-even first quarter, the Blazers outscored the Kings 32-17 in the second quarter, and it would have been even worse if not for another Tyreke Evans halfcourt heave. Side note: does Tyreke practice those shots? Back to business, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 26 points to lead all scorers, and Portland outrebounded SacTown 53 to 36. DeMarcus Cousins had 13 rebounds and 18 points, after surviving a seemingly nasty fall after an alley-oop, and Jimmer Fredette scored 13 off the bench, but Gerald Wallace had 20 and LaMarcus Aldridge posted a 13/16 double-double, plus 5 assists, helping the Blazers get to 10-7."

    SLAM Via NY Post: Baron Davis Wants Knicks Fans to Stop Booing the Team
    “Point guard Baron Davis made some bold proclamations Monday after his first practice that the Knicks offense will become ‘unstoppable’ once they ‘hit their stride.’ […] ‘We’re going to have the fans behind us, even though they boo,’ Davis said. ‘They’re just passionate about winning. All we ask is for their patience and to keep supporting us, because the booing is not going to really help us think through things.’"

    ESPN: Who's the most disappointing player in the Western Conference?
    "Odom figured to be a major cog in Dallas' finely tuned machine, but presently he's just a lost nut. His inability to score this season cripples his usefulness, and his overall game has nosedived; Mavs coach Rick Carlisle can't justify gifting playing time to a power forward with a broken jumper and anemic post game. The Mavericks had to relinquish only a first-round draft pick to acquire him, but the way he's played, Dallas got a raw deal."


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