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Around The World: February 1

  1. Written by: DHawes22

    February 1 Video: Nicolas Batum Discusses Knee Injury Video: January 31st Practice Interviews

    DIME: Who’s Better: Chris Bosh Or LaMarcus Aldridge?
    "Most noteworthy, though, about what separates and elevates Aldridge from Bosh is his quiet but confident swagger. C’mon son, even his acronym of a nickname in L.A. is rather appropriate. His game is smooth and laid-back cool like the City of Angels, while Bosh merely plays in a city that’s fun and sunny. They both have accepted their present realities in opposite fashion. L.A. has grown to embrace the go-to-guy role up in Rip City and Bosh is comfortable not being the primary factor in South Beach."

    Oregon Live: Blazers' Nicolas Batum was 'very scared,' but gets good news about his injured knee
    "I was so happy after that, " Batum said Tuesday at the team's practice facility."

    Oregon Live: MRI results show Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum has a bone contusion on left knee, listed day to day
    "The results of a Tuesday morning magnetic resonance imaging test performed on forward Nicolas Batum's left knee are in and the news is good: Batum merely has a bone contusion and no serious damage."

    Columbian: Batum’s knee injury is just bruise
    “After what happened with (Brandon) Roy and Greg (Oden), I thought it was my turn,” Batum said. “I thought I was done for the season.”

    Blazersedge: Game 22 Preview: Charlotte Bobcats vs. Portland Trail Blazers
    "How bad are the Bobcats? They start both Tyrus Thomas and DeSagana Diop. Now granted, the former is because Corey Maggette's hamstring wised up and left town but when you're thinking, "This team will be at least twice as good when Maggette returns" at this stage of his career, you've got problems. And starting Thomas and Diop implies that they've got even less reliable players somewhere on that roster. Ouch."

    Ball Don't Lie Via Chicago Tribune: Joakim Noah admits that the expectations of his contract were getting to him
    "Yeah, no question, I thought about that," Noah said. "Sometimes you feel like because you're given so much money you're expected to do things. That's not the right mentality to have as a player."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 752: Grit and Grind
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas discuss the Grizzlies’ grit and grind OT win, Rudy Gay’s game-saving block, the yawn-tastic Memphis announcers, All-Star role player Anderson Varejao, Kyrie Irving vs. John Wall, and the Pacers slick ABA throwback jerseys. All that, plus our dream NBA Dunk Contest participants, Ross Mathews’ insane voice, Trey’s “A-YO,” and new Royal Rumble contestant, JD."

    The Basketball Jones: Kevin Willis was great at rookie pranks
    "The first time was probably funny for Ivey, like a real “You got me” situation. Laugh it off, go to bed — no big deal. Then when Kevin Willis kept doing it over and over and Royal Ivey kept having to find places that were open that sold cigarettes that he knew would never be smoked, he had to be so frustrated. Even if it’s just $6, he had to be so mad to see Willis literally throwing away his money night in and night out. Plus, it’s happening in the early morning when he just wants to go to sleep."

    DIME: Paul George Unleashes a Dominique Wilkins Double-Pump Reverse
    "If you’re going to copy someone else’s signature dunk in a game, you might as well make it one of the best of all-time. Last night during the Pacers/Nets game in Indy, Paul George got out on a break and unleashed a Dominique Wilkins-esque double-pump reverse."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.1
    "Paul George finished with 24 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals, a block and four threes last night against the Nets. He shot 73 percent (8-11) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. George has had clunkers every now and then this season but has still managed to average top 60 numbers. He’s an all-around producer who doesn’t drag any category down for his owners, making him a sleeper-turned-stud."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Back On My Grizzy
    "Memphis was down by 13 in the second half, and by 10 with just over 6 minutes to play, but roared back to get a much-needed win after losing four straight games, thanks to clutch performances from, well, everyone, but mostly OJ Mayo (18 points, including the go-ahead three-ball with 35 seconds to go in OT) and Rudy Gay, who did it on both ends of the floor. Gay racked up a crazy 20-13-5 line and had a critical block during overtime to keep the Grizzlies in the game. Memphis won despite shooting just 38 percent, which was negated by 24 helpful turnovers from Denver. The Nuggets got big-time games off the bench from Al Harrington (23 points, 10 boards) and Andre Miller (20, 6 and 6), but fell to 14-7 after letting the Grizz creep back into the game, and tie it with under ten seconds left in regulation on a Tony Allen dunk. An Andre Miller runner rimmed out at the buzzer, and then Memphis staged yet another comeback in the OT. The Grizzlies move to 11-10 on the year, and if they can sustain this kind of play until Z-Bo comes back, then look out. Allen scored 17 and Marc Gasol had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Grizzly!"

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Under Rick Adelman, Timberwolves are making big strides toward respectability
    "The Timberwolves finished January with a 10-8 record, just their second winning month since '06-07 -- the last season of the Kevin Garnett era. In comparison, the Trail Blazers finished this month 9-9. Perhaps more impressive, Minnesota is 5-4 on the road during a season in which many playoff contenders have terrible road records."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "A disastrous slide over the next couple of weeks could prompt more dramatic moves, such as the breakup of the Bynum-Pau Gasol front line that had set the Lakers apart from the rest of the league in past seasons. The situation around Dwight Howard in Orlando is rapidly deteriorating. Deron Williams is sending signals that he'd rather be in a warmer climate than the New York metropolitan area. There might be cheaper or younger tradable pieces than Bynum and Gasol around the league, but you won't find better ones. But they haven't added up to an elite team in L.A. this season."


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