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Around The World: January 26

  1. Written by: DHawes22

    January 26 Video: Trail Blazers 93, Warriors 101 Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers bay Area Woes Continue
    "The Warriors got 26 points from power forward David Lee to add post presence to their outside game, while Rush chipped in 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range."

    Trail Blazers: The Rhino Waits For No One
    "Trying to run people over, terrorize the court," said Smith, playing up his rhino credentials. "Just trying to be aggressive out there and just spread some energy out there while the starters are getting their rest."

    Trail Blazers: Road Review: Golden State Strikes Again
    "Eight Trail Blazers scored in the opening quarter of tonight’s loss to Golden State while the Warriors only had three. Opening the game at a good clip was key for Portland and gave them the ability to score from multiple angles to keep the Warriors on their toes. They had to adjust to defending all areas of the floor and not just LaMarcus Aldridge."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers, Nicolas Batum fail to reach contract agreement
    "They say they love him but they didn't offer him something fair, so that's it," Ndiaye said. "We tried and there's no deal. On July 1 we're going to look at the market first before we come back to the Blazers. That's for sure."

    Oregon Live: Golden State 101, Portland 93: Back-to-back wins, then Blazers off track against Golden State
    "It's been the same game for us," coach Nate McMillan said. "We are in the game, we've got some good things going in the second half, then we start to turn the ball over and we get caught up in their game, kind of a loose game. They are shooting threes and we are turning the ball over."

    Rip City Project: Game 19 Recap: Blazers 93, Warriors 101
    "And what happened in that quarter that turned the tide in Golden State’s favor? In my opinion, what happened was that Portland went away from their game, and tried to out-shoot the Warriors. The Blazers have shooters, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, but they don’t have anybody like Steph Curry. The Blazers got their points in the first half by getting to the rim. When Curry went off, they tried to match him. It didn’t happen. By the time Portland tried to go back to their inside game, Golden State had a decent sized lead, and with it enough momentum and energy to focus their defensive intensity. What you don’t want to do when you’re playing a team like Golden State is give them a reason to play defense."

    Blazersedge: Game 19 Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 93, Golden State Warriors 101
    "To their credit the Blazers didn't just mail in the fourth period. They tried to return to the inside game. They tried to play smart defense. But the legs just weren't there. Now Portland was committing turnovers instead of the Warriors. Now the Warriors were getting offensive rebounds instead of the Blazers. Portland covered four opponents adequately but there was always a fifth open, mostly David Lee. Portland drew fouls while Aldridge and Batum tried to reprise their second-quarter heroics but the cracks were too wide. As the game wound down the Blazers were reduced to shooting long and forcing passes past a swarming defense just to get close. Misses and turnovers were the results. The game, though hard-fought and better than many expected, ended with a whimper. Golden State wins 101-93."

    Blazersedge: Transcript: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan Takes Questions On Failure To Extend F Nicolas Batum
    "Even though we didn't come to an agreement on a deal, we had a lot of good discussion of Nic's long-term goals and things like that that give us a good indication of where things are going with him. What he wants moving forward. The fact that we didn't get a deal in no way reflects how we feel about Nic. It's part of the business right now that we didn't come to an agreement. Hopefully come next summer we'll find something that makes sense for both sides. Or, if we have an offer sheet, then we'll make a decision at that point."

    Ball Don't Lie: DeAndre Jordan hasn’t even figured out blocking shots yet
    "There's often a misconception that blocking shots depends mostly on athleticism, but the technique described here matters much more to the true greats. Keeping the ball in play, or thinking of challenging shots as a timing exercise rather than a display of athletic dominance, can lead to better results. It's a great sign that Jordan has embraced his role to this extent, because it would have been easy for him to rest on his natural ability. Instead, he's pushing himself to understand his role as best he can."

    The Basketball Jones: Don’t touch Chris Paul’s head
    ”I got a son of my own,” Paul said. “I don’t know if Pau got kids, but don’t touch the top of my head like I’m one of your kids. I don’t know what his intentions were and it doesn’t matter. I don’t know if he’s got kids but I’m not one of them.”

    The Basketball Jones: Video: Dirk Nowitzki reprises his role as best color commentator ever
    "Let’s all make Dirk’s “OOOHHHHHH!!!!!” our ringtones because that won’t get annoying every time we get a call, text message or email. So funny."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 748: Q1 Quarterly Report
    "Today’s live episode of “The Fix” is actually The Basketball Jones’ Q1 Quarterly Report. What does that mean? Well, with the NBA season a quarter complete, business Skeets and Tas tell you which teams’ stocks are overvalued, which teams you should invest in now, and which NBA players are can’t-miss Blue Chippers. All that, plus an insane “Mad Money”-like lightning round, as well as “Wanker of the Week."

    DIME: The Top 10 NBA Sixth Men
    "Nate McMillan promised a team that would run more this season, and Crawford is the gunner the Trail Blazers needed to carry that goal. Good friend Brandon Roy’s retirement created a hole in the team’s scoring from the two-guard spot. The Michigan man has fixed it. It hasn’t been a seamless transition. His shooting percentage is down from 42 to 35 percent over last year and scoring down a point to 13.2 per game. He’s been more inconsistent than McMillan would prefer: Only four times has he had consecutive games in double-digit scoring. Still, Portland’s second unit isn’t known for being selfish enough with capable players (Nicolas Batum) not necessarily the same ones to create their own shot. Crawford makes defenses gameplan for him coming off the bench and is unpredictable as a freelancer in McMillan’s offense.."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 1.26
    "Stephen Curry finished with 32 points, six rebounds, seven assists, four steals and six three-pointers last night. He shot 63 percent (12-19) from the field, 67 percent (2-3) from the free-throw line and had just one turnover in 38 minutes of play. Curry has racked up 74 minutes of run in his last two games, which is a good sign that his ankle is fine for the time being. Barring any further setbacks, he’ll handsomely reward owners who bought low or exercised patience on him."

    Hang Time Blog: All-Star Debate: Parker vs. Lowry
    "While Lowry isn’t the scorer Parker is and probably never will be, he’s having a fantastic season and is shoving his way into a talented and crowded field of new-school point guards around the league. Parker picks up points for consistency and the fact that the Spurs, as always, find their way into the mix among the best teams in the Western Conference and the league."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "First they were giving out rings, and Odom didn't get one. Then the indispensible cog in two Laker ring teams got swatted by Darko Milicic five times. He finished 2-for-14 from the field in 16 minutes in the Mavs' 105-90 loss to the Wolves."


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