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Around The World: February 17

02/17/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    February 17

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Trail Blazers 71, Clippers 74

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Elliot Williams Monster Dunk

    Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge Takes Steps To Return
    "If I go (Friday) and I feel great then I'm definitely going to play (Saturday)," said Aldridge. "I wanted to play (Thursday) but I don't want to re-injure it, then I'm out longer. That's my whole thing is coming back too quick then re-injuring it then being out longer."

    DIME: The Top 10 NBA Players Who Will Be Most Effective Into Their 30s
    "In his fourth season I’m still unsure how to classify Batum’s ever-expanding game, which leads me to believe he’s got one of the highest, hidden ceilings in the league. He can dunk on you (looking at you, Wizards) or drop nine three-pointers (looking at you, Nuggets). His defense is rapidly improving and is aided by his tremendous length, and yet he’s never shot less than 45 percent in a season from the field, and averages 37 percent from three. At 23 with almost four years of experience, he’s learned the ropes of the league while still saving his legs — he averages 25 minutes per game — in the process."

    Trail Blazers: An Unpredictable Switch Derails Trail Blazers
    “Our guards gotta recognize when there is a switch or when there’s a mismatch and you gotta get that ball moving. Try to take advantage of some post-ups in situations like that,” McMillan said. “There wasn’t any movement. Only 13 assists this entire game, I thought that was the difference. We got stagnant the second half.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Sacrifice Large Lead In Loss To The Clippers
    "I don’t know if he was playing possum or if he found the energy in the fourth quarter to keep going, but he definitely took over the game," Crawford said of Paul's performance. "They came out and they definitely established Chris Paul more. He had zero points coming into the fourth quarter and after that, he got aggressive and their team followed."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 71, Clippers 74: Post-Game Notes
    "Jamal Crawford ranks second in the NBA in free-throw percentage, his performance from the line tonight brought him up to 94.7% on the year. Crawford trails Orlando’s J.J. Redick at 95.9%."

    Oregon Live: L.A. Clippers 74, Portland 71: Blazers blow 18-point lead against Clippers
    "Virtually no one on the Blazers played well after the first half. Raymond Felton, in perhaps his worst game of what has been a disastrous season, missed all seven of his field-goal attempts and committed more than double the number of turnovers (five) than he had assists (two) in 24 minutes."

    Oregon Live: Blazers-Clippers: Portland's big issue in loss is execution -- a severe lack of it in second half
    “I think it stings because we gave up the lead,” Wallace said. “It would’ve been a great win for us and it was a win that we needed.”

    Columbian: Blazers drop fourth consecutive at home
    “It’s a collapse — a total collapse,” said Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, who scored 19 points Thursday. “In the fourth quarter, it felt like we started playing like we were playing from behind and we were up. They became the aggressors.”

    Portland Tribune: Late Clipper rally guns down Blazers
    “We had a pretty good win last night,” Portland’s Nicolas Batum said. “We were in a good mood today. We did a good job the first half. Then we started to relax a little bit and killed ourselves.”

    Rip City Project: Game 30 Recap: Blazers 71, Clippers 74
    "Raymond Felton isn’t trying to be terrible on purpose; he’s just not that good. Jamal Crawford doesn’t intentionally take horrible shots; he’s just a gunner who looks to shoot regardless of how open he is or game situation. Marcus Camby doesn’t miss lay-ups because he thinks it’s hilarious; he just isn’t an offensive player at this point in his career. Add those things up, toss in another bad shooting night from Wesley Matthews, inconsistent offense from Nicolas Batum, and a non-existent Gerald Wallace, and it’s pretty clear how an 18-point second half lead turns into a three-point loss."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Clippers 74, Blazers 71
    "L.A.'s defense and Portland's lack of clear decision-making made Paul's point as clear as day. Blazers forward Nicolas Batum scored 15 points in the first quarter but took just one shot in the fourth, finishing with 19 points on the night. Wallace never got going at all on offense, finishing with just seven points, and Portland's guards were dealing with low-percentage looks far too often.."

    CSNNW: Felton frustrated with lack of confidence from coach
    “I know I'm struggling, but it's hard to perform the way you know how when you know they don't have confidence in you,” Felton told CSNNW.com. “Never in my days playing basketball, have I felt like a coach wasn't confident in my abilities. It's hard to play knowing that. Coming in and out of games is throwing my rhythm off, but it's something that I'll get through."

    Ball Don't Lie: J.R. Smith is a Knick, and he might actually work out there
    "For a below average offensive team, though, there will be plenty of hungry mouths to feed. Both Anthony and Stoudemire, honestly, have tried to play unselfish and sound offensive basketball this year, but old habits (mainly ones that end with long two-point jumpers) are hard to break. Tossing Smith into that mix is a bit much, especially when all three are the types that will take a one-on-one shot after not touching the ball for a while to, as the announcer will likely put it, "get themselves going."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Determining exactly who turned the lights out in Indianapolis
    "Within seconds, thankfully, the lights flew back on. Good thing, because even though just 11,117 bothered to show up to the game against the lowly Nets, that's still an arena full of angry Hoosiers, working in the dark, upset that when and if the lights do go back on there will only be a Pacers/Nets game waiting for them. The refs simply asked the Pacers to take the ball out of bounds, as if nothing happened, but we still don't know why the big bulbs went out.''

    The Basketball Jones: Other ways to get Jeremy Lin involved in All-Star Weekend
    "As we all know, Jeremy Lin is the biggest story in the history of basketball, a player so dynamic and talented that he can make Barack Obama and Sarah Palin agree on something. When you have a guy like that, you have to make sure to get him involved with the NBA’s biggest showcase. And that’s exactly what the league has done, adding Lin to the Rising Stars Challenge at the last minute and even announcing that he will be joining such legends as Sonny Weems and Rashad McCants as an assistant at the dunk contest."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.17
    "Danny Granger returned from a one-game absence with a bum ankle to put up 32 points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and four made three-pointers last night against the Nets. He shot 50 percent (10-20) from the field, 89 percent (8-9) from the floor and had two turnovers. Granger is having a great month, averaging 20.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.7 threes through nine games. He’s pulled his value up into the realm of the top 35."

    DIME: Penny Hardaway’s Top 10 Plays With The Orlando Magic
    "Not a whole lot needs to be written here. Any Penny Hardaway list is a good one. In my humble opinion, I’ll still say the top 10 list I created a little while back was better than this one. But who’s comparing? And more importantly, who’s complaining? "

    SLAM: Post-Up: Clipper Comeback
    "TNT’s Steve Kerr called this “a lockout game” and “a boxing match.” I have a hard time disagreeing. Both teams had quarters in which they scored fewer than 13 points, and both shot sub-39 percent from the field. The fourth quarter featured little offense but a whole lot of hustle—most of which came from the Clippers, who erased an 18-point deficit from earlier in the game to come all the way back for their 19th win of the year. And they did it even without Chris Paul scoring his first point until the fourth quarter. Luckily, CP3 turned it on in the final period, and finished with 13 points. Poor Portland. On the third night of a grueling back-to-back-to-back, the Blazers held tough, even leading by two at 66-64 with five minutes left in the contest. But Mo Williams (15 points) and Paul hit consecutive three-pointers to put the Clips up by four, and they held off PDX (16-15) from there on out. Nicolas Batum scored 15 points on 6-7 shooting in the first quarter, but scored only 4 points the rest of the way, and had to leave the floor in the final minute after being hit in the face. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 14 boards, helping Lob City outrebound Portland 47-35 in the win—also the Blazers’ fourth straight loss at home."

           



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