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Around The World: February 7

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    February 7 Video: Trail Blazers 107, Thunder 111 Video: LaMarcus Aldridge Post-Game Interview Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers v. Thunder: Post-Game Notes
    "LaMarcus Aldridge eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 19th time this season and for the sixth consecutive game, and 28 points for the third consecutive game, the second time in his career he’s done so (Feb. 7-11 2011). Aldridge has shot 50% or better from the field in each of his last six outings."

    Trail Blazers: Portland Succumbs To OKC In Overtime
    "I didn’t think it was a goaltend. I thought it was a good block, that game should have been over," McMillan said. "They didn’t call it that way and you have to go out and play and go into overtime.We’ve got to make plays down the stretch regardless of that call."

    Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge’s All-Star Performance Overshadowed By Loss
    "Aldridge’s take was a bit more deflecting. “It could have been [a clean block.] Doesn’t really matter does it?” he said. “I’m not trying to sound rude today guys but when you lose a game like that I don’t really wanna go back and forth if it was, if it wasn’t because it’s not gonna change the game. So they played better than us tonight I guess in the overtime and they won the game.”

    Trail Blazers: OKC Exacts Revenge in Portland
    "Portland will get this figured out at some point, and that doesn't make anyone feel any better right now, but the team is now 1-8 in games decided by six points or fewer. Considering the recent history of this team, this is a mind-boggling number. This team has been so good in recent years at coming up big in tight situations. They just can't get over the hump in these games."

    Oregon Live: Blazers-Thunder: Goaltending call on LaMarcus Aldridge was bad, but hardly the sole reason for loss
    "LaMarcus Aldridge was very good most of the game, taking advantage the Thunder not double-teaming him to score a season-high 39 points. Aldridge had some very good post defenders – Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison – on him, but he scored at will at times."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: LaMarcus Aldridge falls short at closing time
    "So, yes, Aldridge had 39 points, and for stretches carried the Blazers in the fourth, including giving them their first lead after trailing by as many as 11 in the second half. And he really should have had the play of the game, a clean block of Kevin Durant with 6 seconds left that was inexplicably ruled a goaltend by referee Scott Foster."

    Columbian: Thunder beat Blazers in OT
    "The call in question took place when LaMarcus Aldridge pinned Kevin Durant’s layup attempt against the backboard. The ball was clearly still on its way up, and had not touched the glass before Aldridge swatted it away. Additionally, Scott Foster, the referee who blew the whistle, was farther away from the play than either of his two counterparts."

    Portland Tribune: 'Call' goes Thunder's way in overtime victory
    “It’s tough,” said Aldridge, sensational for most of the game in scoring a season-high 39 points. "We played well enough to win the game. We had some tough calls and some bad bounces late in the game, but you have to learn from it. We played good basketball tonight.”

    Rip City Project: Game 25 Recap: Blazers 107, Thunder 111 OT
    "At the very end of Nate’s post game, The Oregonian‘s Jason Quick asked if Nate thinks this team needs a closer. This is the million dollar question, or better yet the $65 million in guaranteed money that walked out of the Rose Garden when Brandon Roy retired question. Nate said they’re working on it. LaMarcus is working on becoming that player. Monday, with the Thunder leading by two and the shot clock and game clock sprinting to the finish line, LA passed up a tough look with two defenders in his face to give the ball to Kurt Thomas at the top of the key. Thomas is automatic from that spot, 2-of-3 on the night basically from where he was standing when he caught the ball, but he’s also a smart basketball player. The pass wasn’t great. He wasn’t going to have the time to load up and get a clean shot like he wanted, so he didn’t take it. He gave the ball to Jamal Crawford instead–who up to that point I maintain had played pretty well as the stand-in for Raymond Felton–and then the whole thing fell apart; the aforementioned worst possession of the month."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Thunder 111, Blazers 107 (OT)
    "They act kind of sensitive sometimes," Aldridge said when asked whether the referees gave him an explanation of the call on the court. "He just told me the call was done and walked away."

    Ball Don't Lie via ESPN Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t think he should be an All-Star
    "Averaging whatever, 15, 16 points, I don't think you should be an All-Star," Nowitzki said. "But we'll just have to wait and see. I think there is a lot of great young talent in this league that deserves to go. I think LaMarcus Aldridge has been stiff the last couple of years. He's a great young player, fun to watch. You know Blake and Love are playing great. There is a lot of talent at my position."

    Ball Don't Lie: Amar’e Stoudemire takes leave of the Knicks following his brother’s fatal car crash
    "Sad news out of Florida, where the brother of New York Knicks star forward Amar'e Stoudemire was killed early Monday morning in a car crash. Amar'e has left the Knicks as a result for an undetermined amount of time to be with his family as they grieve. According to TMZ, Hazell was traveling "at a high rate of speed" when his SUV hit a tractor trailer. Stoudemire, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene."

    The Basketball Jones: Jeremy Lin needs somewhere to sleep
    "So, just to break things down, Jeremy Lin has had a great two game stretch for one of the NBA’s most famous franchises, during which he’s been sleeping at his brother’s house or on a teammate’s couch, which may or may not have magical powers. This literally sounds like a movie treatment."

    The Basketball Jones: Ep. 756: [Insert Witty Jeremy Lin Pun Here]
    "On today’s live episode of “The Fix,” Skeets and Tas discuss the Tebow-like “Jeremy Lin Show,” Jared Jeffries’ heart, a happy Tyson Chandler, the double-edged sword that is Kobe, Lou Williams’ heroics, checkerboard tattoo and bobblehead, that controversial call in Portland, and JaVale McGee’s epic “.GIF of the Night.” All that, plus a new round of Crossfire, which includes whether the Pacers or Sixers deserve “East Elite” status, NBA All-Star starter mistakes, and why Bosh should stop splashing around in fountains if he wants more people to like him."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketbal Diagnosis: 2.7
    "LaMarcus Aldridge: 14-28 FG (50%), 11-11 FT (100%), 39 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; Aldridge has managed to slightly outperform his stellar 2010-11 NBA campaign and is putting up top 10 averages so far this season."

    SLAM via LA Times: Chauncey Billups’ Season Could Be Over With Achilles Tendon Injury
    “It felt like somebody kicked me, man,” Billups said after the game as he made his way to the team bus with crutches under both arms and a walking boot on his foot. “I don’t know if it’s torn, but I know it’s not good.” There was a hush in the Clippers’ locker room after their 107-102 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Chris Paul fought back tears when asked what Billups has meant to the team. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro kept shaking his head, repeatedly saying how bad he felt for Billups and adding, “This is not good.”

    SLAM: Post-Up: The Takeover
    "Was it a block? Was it a goaltend? We may never know for sure, but the video looks pretty darn convincing in the “that was clean” department. Either way you slice it, the refs gave Kevin Durant and the Thunder the bucket, sending this thriller to overtime, where OKC outscored Portland 8-4 to escape the Rose Garden with the win—only the Blazers’ second home loss of the season. Kevin Durant dunked home the last of his 33 points with less than 5 seconds to play in OT to seal the victory for Oklahoma City (19-5). Russell Westbrook added a 28/11/8 line, James Harden had 19 and OKC won the rebounding battle 59-39, but most importantly, the Thunder survived. They survived having to deal with Blazer big LaMarcus Aldridge all night long, as LMA continued to put the League on notice, scoring 39 points and looking unstoppable at times. Jamal Crawford (17 points) got the starting nod for the first time this year for Portland, since Ray Felton was injured and not playing, and Wes Matthews (18 points) and Marcus Camby (8 points, 15 rebounds) delivered nice nights for the Blazers (14-11) in the loss."

    ESPN: Fact or Fiction: Jeremy Lin is the answer at PG for the Knicks
    "Fact. He's the answer ... for now, because there is no other answer. Baron's hurt, Shumpert's raw, Bibby's done and Douglas doesn't run the pick-and-roll well. Lin isn't great at it either, but he seems bolder than the rest of the Knicks' point guards. And if that means turning the ball over more than people would like, that's not necessarily bad decision-making. Point guards in Mike D'Antoni's offense handle the ball a ton. I offer Steve Nash as an example. He's been in the top 10 in turnovers for the last eight seasons. Lin is the shot in the arm the Knicks need. "


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