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Around The World: February 2

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    February 2 Video: Trail Blazers 112, Bobcats 68 Video: LaMarcus Aldridge Post-Game Interviews

    Columbian: Wesley Matthews finds unlikely source for advice
    "I was talking to one of my childhood friends. I sent him a text and told him 'I don't know what the hell is going on,' Matthews said. "He was straight up with me. He said 'you don't look like Wesley out there. Wesley does everything.' And I was like 'you're right.' I'm sitting here focusing on playing defense and running the floor and hitting open shots, but that's not really my game. I do everything -- getting in the passing lanes, deflecting, getting to the free throw line. There are many ways to leave your mark on the game."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers At Kings Preview
    "The Trail Blazers, who are 6-4 in their last ten games, enter Thursday night's game having taken 11 of the last 12 games against the Kings. The last meeting between the two teams, a 101-89 Trail Blazers victory at the Rose Garden, saw six Trail Blazers score in double figures, led by Jamal Crawford with 26 points off the bench. Gerald Wallace with 20 points, eight rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge logged one of his most dominate rebounding night's of the season, pulling down 16 boards to go along with 13 points."

    Trail Blazers: Portland Posts Historic Blowout Of Bobcats
    "Raymond did a nice job tonight of pushing the ball up and getting into our tempo," McMillan said. "That's what we know he's capable of doing. I thought tonight he set the tempo...he kept the pressure on their defense and was able to get to the basket. I thought he did a nice job tonight."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 112, Bobcats 68: Post-Game Notes
    "The 44-point margin of defeat was the worst loss in Charlotte Bobcats history, their previous worst loss was a 120-80 defeat March 3, 2011 at Denver."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Heal From Road Woes At Home
    “Anytime you get a win after a tough loss, especially a game where you pretty much controlled the whole game, it’s always kinda like a healing,” Gerald Wallace said of the win over Charlotte after the loss at Utah. “That’s something that we gotta take on the road and I think it starts with me out on the road. I don’t think my performance is as up to par on the road as it is at home, so I gotta figure out a way to get us going on the road.”

    Trail Blazers: Blazers Blast Bobcats
    "LaMarcus Aldridge was up to his usual stuff, scoring an easy 22, and Gerald Wallace torched his former team, scoring 23 points. Marcus Camby was a beast inside, swatting shots and hustling all over the court. Camby had a very interesting stat line- 4 points, 5 blocked shots, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. This may be the obvious statement of the night, but this team is so much better when he’s on the floor."

    Oregon Live: Portland 112, Charlotte 68: Raymond Felton pushes the pace in Blazers' rout of Bobcats
    "That's the type of point guard I'm used to," Gerald Wallace said of Felton. "That's the point guard I played with for five years in Charlotte."

    Oregon Live: Blazers-Bobcats: For LaMarcus Aldridge, blowout win means a rare chance for a short stint in a game
    "I don’t think I’ve played 26 minutes since my first year in the league," Aldridge said. “It’s definitely going to be big.”

    Columbian: Blazers Bury Bobcats
    "The win moves Portland to 10-1 at home and expands their average margin of victory to 18.1 points per game at the Rose Garden. Thursday, the Blazers take on the Kings in Sacramento in hopes of improving their 3-8 road mark."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers power up against woeful Bobcats
    “You take three top players off anybody’s team and they’re not going to do well,” Charlotte coach Paul Silas offered. “If I had a full squad and get beaten this way, it would be awful. But take (LaMarcus) Aldridge and Gerald Wallace (off the Blazers) and see what kind of team you have.”

    Rip City Project: Game 22 Recap: Blazers 112, Bobcats 68
    "Comfort has a little to do with the home crowd, and being at home just in general, but it’s something else too. On the road when things go south the Blazers as a team tightens up. That tightening up has a disastrous affect on offensive ability and in turn defensive focus. At home, there seems to be very little of that tightness. It’s what allows Portland to jump all over a lesser opponent like the Bobcats (35-18 after one quarter), or mount a gallant comeback against a hot shooting opponent (Orlando being only the most recent example)."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 112, Bobcats 68
    "Like I said last year, I felt like I was betrayed, I felt like I was stabbed in the back. It was my first opportunity to really play against them. You get that out of the way and you move forward... You put your past away and move forward... I'm over it now... Closure. Done. Over."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Even with league's most expensive hot dog, cost to go to a Blazers game is down slightly
    "On the other hand, if you've ever wondered why Knicks fans are so quick to boo their team, maybe they're just grumpy after shelling out for the league's most expensive ticket -- an average of $117.47. That almost sounds like a bargain compared to parking in Miami, which costs $35."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Watch Serge Ibaka block 10 shots against the Mavericks
    "Oklahoma City has so many good young players that some of them get lost in the shuffle. For instance, few power forwards in the league have progressed as quickly as 22-year-old Serge Ibaka, and yet he's consistently overshadowed by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and the venerable 27-year-old Kendrick Perkins. He'd get far more attention on another team. Then again, he probably also wouldn't be nearly as close as he is to an NBA championship."

    The Basketball Jones: Here are your 2012 NBA All-Star jerseys
    "All in all, not bad at all. Kind of similar to last year’s uniforms, but with just enough Orlando-specific modifications to make things different. It doesn’t look like adidas is bringing back the super tight jerseys that shockingly didn’t catch on, which is probably for the best. After all, if all these guys are wearing skinny jeans to warm up, they’re not going to want to wear spandex shirts because then their proportions would be totally messed up."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 753: The Real McCoy
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas discuss the Sixers’ biggest win of the season, Andre Iguodala’s third-quarter show, whether Rick Carlisle should be suspended for kicking the ball into the stands, Serge Ibaka’s block party, why these Minnesota Timberwolves are just like Greg Gilliland’s cross-country running style, an unconscious Brandon Jennings, and Chris Paul. All that, plus giant muskies, Tas’ high school basketball team, and your newest “Wanker of the Week.”"

    DIME: Andre Iguodala Cuff Slam Dunk On Kyle Korver
    "This clip pretty much sums up the whole game. The Sixers collapse on Rose as he drives to the basket and Elton Brand blocks his shot. That leads to a break where Iguodala makes it his business to put one on his former teammate, Kyle Korver."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.2
    "Brandon Jennings finished with 31 points, four rebounds, eight assists, four steals and seven three-pointers last night. He shot 36 percent (9-25) from the floor, 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line and had zero turnovers. Since Jan. 17, Jennings is averaging 24.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.6 threes per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. For the season, he’s putting up top 10 averages."

    SLAM: Post Up: Knuck If You Buck
    "Sorry, but when two teams with a combined 10 wins lose by a combined 80 points on a night with 9 other games, it’s not worth the space to write about each on its own. The only real question here is, Which team got blown out worse? Charlotte lost by more, and looked slightly more awful, but the Raps scored the fewest points of any team last night. Toronto shot only 33 percent from the field vs. the Bobcats’ 34 percent (Portland and Boston both shot better than 52 percent), but then again, Charlotte allowed Jamal Crawford to do this. Our favorite young stars for each squad played poorly in their respective Ls, as Kemba Walker shot just 1-for-11 (4 points) and DeMar Derozan was 3-of-12 with 8 points. The teams on the winning side of these bloodbaths handled business—the Blazers are now 13-9, and Boston got above .500 at 11-10 on the year. Paul Pierce led the C’s with 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds against the Raptors, while the best Portland performance came from Crawford, who scored his 24 points in just 21 minutes off the bench."

    ESPN: 5-on-5: Who should start in the All-Star Game at the end of the month?
    "What a dogfight this position is in the West. Look at the names fighting for these two spots: Durant, Griffin, Millsap, Aldridge and Love. Having to choose, the nod goes to Durant, who ranks second in PER and plays for the team with the best record in the league, and Love, who has been an absolute beast and is perhaps one of the most complete offensive threats in the league right now."


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