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Around The World: February 6

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    February 6 Video: Trail Blazers 117, Nuggets 97 Video: Nicolas Batum Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Preview: Trail Blazers v. Thunder
    "With us dropping some games on the road, (we want to) continue to try and defend home court, especially during this stretch of games," coach Nate McMillan told the Blazers' official website. "We've got some top teams coming in here and another division game coming up, so all games are important."

    Trail Blazers: Batum Burns Nuggets In Trail Blazers Rout
    "I got no rebounds and no assists," Batum said when asked if the performance was the best of his career. "That's not my best game. When I got my 31 points I had seven assists."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 117, Nuggets 97: Post-Game Notes
    "Nicolas Batum scored a career-high 33 points and set a franchise record with nine 3-pointers in the game. The previous record for 3-pointers in a single game was eight, shared by Damon Stoudamire 1/14/05 at N.O. and Nick Van Exel 1/10/05 at Philadelphia"

    Trail Blazers: Nicolas Batum And Co. On His Record-Breaking Night
    “He can shoot, I already know that. I have to contest all his shots in practice everyday so I already know what he can do. Like I said I was just impressed by him doing it with a banged up knee. That makes it even more impressive to me.”

    Trail Blazers: Record-Setting Night For Batum
    "The plan was to smack Denver in the mouth early, run them to death, get Aldridge established, ease Batum back into the lineup, get chalupas for the fans, and get the regulars out of the game to rest. Mission accomplished."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Car accident doesn't prevent LaMarcus Aldridge from playing like an All-Star
    "So when did he finally let it go? "When (public address announcer Mark) Mason called my name in introductions, I prayed real quick, closed my eyes and said 'I gotta let it go,'" Aldridge said."

    Oregon Live: Blazers-Nuggets: Until they can figure road out, Portland settles for dominating at home
    “We're struggling on the road right now, so our biggest thing is to try and win every game at home, and that's what we're doing,” said forward Gerald Wallace, who had a solid game with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. “We have to find a way to translate that onto the road, but until we can do that, every game at home is important to us.”

    Oregon Live: Portland 117, Denver 97: Nicolas Batum hits 9 3-pointers on way to 33 points
    "X-rays taken during the game were negative, and his injury was labeled a left foot sprain. Felton, who said his foot "turned inside," was unsure if he would be ready to return for the Blazers' next game, against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. But he was hoping for the best. 'Most likely I'll be out there,' Felton said. 'It's kind of hard to keep me off the court.'"

    Columbian: Fitting anagram for Oden is ‘done’
    "So, maybe the memories of Greg Oden’s time in Portland haven’t been so great. And maybe he generated few moments on the court. And maybe Friday’s news that he has undergone another knee surgery -- it was on either his right or left; who can keep track these days? -- signals the final, unequivocal, undeniable end of any hope that he will ever contribute as a Blazer."

    Columbian: Batum on roll as Thunder visit Blazers
    “Ted Williams said that the reason players go into slumps is because they look at hitting day-to-day. But he would look at it every 10 days, so he could go 1 for 4, then 2 for 4, then 1 for 4, then 2 for 5 and all of a sudden he’s hitting .360,” Cooper said. “Shooting and hitting are very similar.”

    Portland Tribune: Batum's record night lifts Blazers
    “He was phenomenal,” Camby said. “He was stroking the ball and spreading the court, and we were able to have an inside/outside game. It opened it up a lot for LaMarcus (Aldridge), and it takes a lot of pressure off Gerald (Wallace), too. When Nic is like that, I guarantee you we’re hard to beat.”

    Rip City Project: Game 24 Recap: Blazers 117, Nuggets 97
    "Portland has shown, by handily defeating the second or third best team in the Western Conference, that they can execute a game plan. They’ve also shown that they can push it into a second gear and turn a competitive game into a run away. So this team’s problems aren’t in those areas. Which means the Blazers’ problem area, or areas, are all mental. When Portland plays like they did Saturday, moving the ball well, committing to defense, taking smart looks, they will be able to beat anybody, given that the game is being played in Portland. That’s a problem. The Blazers need to find a way to transfer the energy they showed Saturday to road games. Otherwise, wins at home, even big ones against Denver or the Lakers or the Clippers, are rendered basically meaningless. A 20-point win against Denver is worth the same as a three-point loss to Sacramento."

    Blazersedge: Game 25 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
    "The other ace in the hole for the Blazers has been the propensity of Kevin Durant to lose his mind when playing this team....and not in a good way. In the last game Portland played decent defense on him but not enough to cause him to start bombing away from 20 feet and beyond for most of the game. He shot 8-26 on a night when LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30, looking to for the world like the true superstar forward. If Durant continues to play like no shot is a bad shot Portland will thank him profusely."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 117, Nuggets 97
    "After he drained his eighth three, the Rose Garden crowd chanted "Nic Ba-Tum." The serenade honor has been reserved for the likes of former guard Brandon Roy and starting forward Gerald Wallace. He immediately responded by draining his ninth and final three. "I heard that," Batum said with a huge smile. "It felt great, that was my first time. Now I know what G. feels like."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Kevin Love, no mincing words, stomped on Luis Scola’s head
    "Not cool. We're surprised, with the sporting nation's eyes turned elsewhere on Super Bowl Sunday, that the NBA didn't come down with a suspension that would have been page 13 fodder in the sports section. The league did announce early Monday afternoon that Love had been suspended two games for the foul. It was also upgraded from an, um, "not foul" to a flagrant two foul."

    Ball Don't Lie: Suddenly, it’s Jeremy Lin Fever
    "Lin came off the bench to drop 25 points in the New York win, adding all sorts of style points as he managed seven assists and five rebounds in the process. By the end of the game, the Madison Square Garden crowd was chanting his first name (that's enough chills for a lifetime, there), the PA was blasting Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," and a starting point guard -- if not star -- was born. By Monday morning he was dominating the team's official website, as seen in the screen shot above. Take a look at the highlight package from Saturday."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Exclusive footage of the puppy Air Bud
    "But where did Buddy come from, and how did he become so adept with a ball despite not having prehensile digits? The answer comes in this exclusive training video obtained by BDL. This home video displays Buddy's training regimen at just 13 weeks old. It consists primarily of the dog rolling a basketball with his paws, trying to eat the ball, and finally falling on the ground from exhaustion. Even Michael Jordan never trained this intensely."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.6 Weekend Recap
    "Paul George averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals, 1.5 blocks and 4.5 threes in two games over the weekend. He shot 48 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line, while averaging 1.5 turnovers in that stretch. For the season, George is averaging Top 25 numbers. While none of his categorical averages are phenomenal, he’s an all-around helper who doesn’t hurt his owners anywhere. He’s far exceeding the sleeper tag placed on him heading into the 2011-12 NBA season."

    SLAM via Seattle Times: Seattle Trying to Bring Back an NBA Team
    "A wealthy San Francisco hedge-fund manager and officials in the Seattle mayor’s office have been working behind the scenes for eight months to bring an NBA team back to the city as early as next fall and build a new arena, according to emails and documents that reveal a far more concerted effort than previously known. A Dec. 13 agenda for a meeting between the parties shows they were talking about details such as a “Review of Basic Deal Structure,” “Financing Issues,” including “City Debt Capacity,” and “Security for Public Financing.”

    Hang Time Blog: Western Conference All-Star Reserves
    "This is a major make-up call from last season. That Aldridge has operated in MVP territory for the Trail Blazers this season makes it much easier to make this call. Without Brandon Roy around he’s assumed more than just the role of on-court anchor, he’s now become the face of the franchise as well. And he wears those tags well."

    ESPN: Debate: Six weeks later, better and best
    "I would love to be able to say it's the adorable Ricky Rubio, but I cannot ignore what Kyrie Irving has done for Cleveland thus far, being in the less-stacked Eastern Conference notwithstanding. Of the past four guards taken first overall in the NBA draft (Irving, John Wall, Derrick Rose and Allen Iverson), none shot more efficiently from the field or from the 3-point line than Irving in the rookie season, and normalized for minutes played, Irving is also the highest scorer."

    ESPN: Power Rankings
    "It's not just road games troubling the Blazers. Since a tight home win over Philly on opening night, Portland has lost seven straight games decided by five or fewer points, including visits to Utah and Sac-Town last week. Repetitive crunch-time failures can be random, true, but also can seriously dent a team's confidence."


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