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Around The World: February 15

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    February 15 Video: Trail Blazers 109, Wizards 124 Video: Nicolas Batum Posterizes McGee Video: Nicolas Batum Post-Game Interview

    ESPN: MVP Rankings
    "@aldridge_12 is a straight up beast, I'm glad the league is starting to recognize his talent. He's a top 10 player right now #NBAMVP"

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers v. Warriors Preview
    "We need to protect our home court better than we did at the start of the year. We've had some games that we've played that could've gone either way, teams that are around us in the standings like Houston, like Phoenix, we've got another one with Portland coming up that are really going to separate whether we can be in this thing or whether we're going to fade."

    Trail Blazers: Portland Drops Third In A Row At Home
    "Sometimes teams can rally from that. In our situation, that’s what we needed," McMillan said. "Again, LaMarcus wasn’t going to walk back out of that locker room so you can’t wait for someone to rescue you. You’ve got to do it yourself. They just totally outplayed us. For us, pride has to show up on our faces, our body, our body language, our effort and in what we do. That wasn’t out there tonight."

    Trail Blazers: Jay Jensen Named Head Athletic Trainer For Western Conference All-Star Team
    "It's always exciting and an honor to represent the Trail Blazers at All-Star Weekend," said Jensen. "It's going to be great to be there to watch LaMarcus Aldridge play in his first ever All-Star Game. It's also going to be fun to be working with the Western Conference coaching staff having served under Maurice Cheeks and having worked with Mark Bryant and Scott Brooks as players."

    Trail Blazers: Wizards Blow Past Aldridge-less Blazers
    "Less than two minutes into the game, LaMarcus Aldridge came down on the foot of some guy named Trevor Booker, and rolled his ankle. He would leave the game and not return. X-rays were negative, but there’s a good chance he misses at least a couple of games coming up. Having not had to play without him this season, the Trail Blazers reacted like a boat that had just had its motor fall off into the ocean."

    Trail Blazers: McMillan Calls Trail Blazers’ Pride Into Question After Home Loss To Wiz
    “For us, pride has to show up on our faces, our body, our body language, our effort and in what we do,” McMillan said. “That wasn’t out there tonight.”

    Oregon Live: Washington 124, Portland 109: LaMarcus Aldridge injured as Blazers fall to Wizards
    "We kind of took a slap in the face when LaMarcus went down," forward Gerald Wallace said. "It was kind of a shock for us. To see our leader, the head of our team, screaming in pain, it kind of put us on our heels, and they got going."

    Columbian: Blazers fall to Wizards; Aldridge injured
    “We were thinking about it too much,” said Blazers wing Nicolas Batum. “He was our go-to guy. He carried this team through the beginning of the year. Every time we were in trouble, we would give it to (Aldridge.) But sometimes he won’t be there. And we gotta know how to play without him.”

    Portland Tribune: Blazers search for answers after rout by Wizards
    “We said we are a defensive team, blah blah blah,” Batum said. “When they score more than 28 in all four quarters, that’s a bad game — maybe the worst game we’ve played this year. Defensively for sure; overall, one of the worst.”

    Rip City Project: Game 29 Recap: Blazers 109, Wizards 124
    "I’ve been to a lot of bad Blazer games in my day–I moved here in 2002 right at the beginning of the end for the Jail Blazers and the Playoff Appearance Streak–and Tuesday was easily as bad as any of those nights Portland got blown out by middle of the park clubs. The difference between those nights, especially the times when Portland’s line-up was mostly high schoolers, and Tuesday was the visible displays of effort. There were whole seasons when the Blazers just didn’t have the talent to beat anybody, but they would work their butts off. It didn’t matter–and to be fair it didn’t happen every night, there were lackluster efforts to be sure during the 21-win campaign of 05-06–but they still did it. Tuesday, Portland did not play hard, they did not work, they did not try to rise above the injury to their star. This team is too good to play this poorly. They have too many top-level talents to not even try."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Wizards 124, Blazers 109
    "Indeed, the Blazers were picked apart by the Wizards, a franchise that has come here year after year more excited about its annual trip to the Nike Employee Store than about playing competitive basketball in the Rose Garden. Their young guys are growing up ever so slightly, but this was a team that entered the game with two road wins -- over the Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons -- and the NBA's No. 29 offense. They left the Rose Garden with a season-high 124 points (!) -- their previous high was 111 (!) -- having shot an even 60 percent (!) from the field for the game.''

    Blazersedge: Game 30 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors
    "As you may recall, the last time the Blazers met the Golden State Warriors they were treated to a smashtastic loss courtesy of guard Stephen Curry. Golden State's golden boy defied probability, blasting through the implied limits of the Pelton-Golliver constant while shooting approximately 120% from three-point range. He hung 32 on the Blazers that night, administering quite the whuppin'. Forward David Lee also gave scoring lessons to LaMarcus Aldridge. It was a bad night all around for the boys in red and black. But this was nothing new in Oakland. The Blazers have never fared well there. Nor have they fared well on the road this season. Nor have they kept down opposing guards. They have to reverse all of those trends tonight if they want a win. And make no mistake, they need this victory."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Jeremy Lin adds to his legend
    "But that's insignificant to the story of the game. Down nine points with just 3:57 left in the fourth quarter, Lin helped engineer a 13-1 closing run to extend the Knicks' winning streak to six games. He also hit the game-winning shot: this cold-blooded three-pointer in Jose Calderon's face with just 0.5 seconds on the clock. As if that weren't enough, he also completed a game-tying three-point play with 1:05 left. In winning time, he took over."

    Ball Don't Lie: Shaq digs in on Dwight Howard once again, calling his eventual departure ‘a travesty’
    "Howard has made his fair share of missteps in how he's handled his frustrations with Orlando, but we're really hoping Shaq ends this silly and transparent batch of sly digs. It was unfortunate that O'Neal couldn't work out with Orlando, or Los Angeles towards the end, or Miami once Pat Riley tired of him, or the Suns once Phoenix figured out he was a terrible fit, or Cleveland. It's unfortunate that he's keeping the same tone even after retirement."

    The Basketball Jones: Monty Williams blames Eric Gordon’s injury on LeBron James
    "And just like that, all was forgiven. The possibility that Eric Gordon has played his last game of the season, anger that New Orleans fans might have towards Gordon because he’s not Chris Paul and the embarrassment they might feel that the NBA owns their team — gone in an instant, now just another few reasons to hate LeBron James. After all, it’s his fault that Gordon’s ligaments aren’t healing fast enough."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.15
    "Nick Young makes an unexpected appearance here thanks to his 35 points, three rebounds, two steals and seven three-pointers last night. He shot 71 percent (12-17) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. After starting the season on the bench, Young has managed to give his owners reliable value as a scorer and three-point maker. So far in February, he’s averaging top 25 numbers."

    SLAM via Akron Beacon Journal: Kyrie Irving Cleared to Play Following Concussion
    “Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers. Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him. Ramon Sessions will return to a backup role tonight. ‘(Irving) will resume his normal duties,’ Cavs coach Byron Scott said."

    SLAM: Post-Up: You Can't Deny It
    "Jeremy. Lin. The ridiculousness continues for the Knicks, who stormed back from a 17-point deficit to beat the Raptors in dramatic fashion. After Lin tied the game at 87 with a minute to go on a three-point play on a drive to the hoop, he held the ball in his hands on the next possession with the clock winding down. With 5 seconds to play, he made his move, taking a dribble at Jose Calderon and pulling up for the game-winning three. It was cold-blooded. It was Hibachi-esque. It was…awesome. The trey with 0.5 seconds on the game clock capped off a 27-point, 11-assist night for Lin, and gave the Knicks their sixth straight win—New York is undefeated in the Lin era. Sure, he had 8 turnovers, and sure, Calderon gave him the business for most of the game until the Knicks switched Iman Shumpert onto him in the second half (Calderon: 25 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), but you know what? That’ll all be forgotten. JLin led the Knicks back in the fourth quarter, Shumpert locked down Calderon, and New York (14-15) welcomed Amar’e Stoudemire (21 points but shot just 8-22 from the field) back with a W."

    SLAM: NBAers React To Linsanity
    "It's crazy! I'm watching hoping every shot goes in. I hope I never grow up," Steve Nash tweeted."

    Hang Time Blog: Trail Blazers' Stumbles Continue
    "Now All-Star power forward and franchise anchor LaMarcus Aldridge goes down with a severe left ankle injury in the home loss to Washington (… yes, home loss to the Washington Wizards) and the Blazers look like they might be in some serious trouble. Marcus Camby (above), Gerald Wallace, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton have all expressed their frustrations and concerns with the current state of affairs, in one way or another."

    ESPN: Is Jeremy Lin the real deal? All-Star?
    "I'm leaning toward the real deal as long as he's in Mike D'Antoni's offense. Before playing for D'Antoni, Steve Nash was All-NBA third team twice. After playing for D'Antoni, a two-time MVP. This offense is built around the point guard's ability to read and react. Lin's use of the pick-and-roll, his court vision and his ability to finish in the lane make the Knicks the perfect place for him."


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