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Around The World: February 22

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    February 22 Video: Trail Blazers 137, Spurs 97 Video: Elliot Williams Walkoff Interview Video: Elliot Williams..The Skywalker

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Center Joel Przybilla could be headed back to Portland
    "Joel knows how we feel about him," said Chad Buchanan, the team's acting general manager, and one of Przybilla's close friends. "And we are always looking for ways to improve our team."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Wallop Starless Spurs In Historic Blowout
    "You rarely get into a game like that. You are able to get those guys some minutes. They work hard and it was good to see them out on the floor.," McMillan said. "They ran their sets and I thought they did a solid job. They didn’t, as I say, mess with the game. They stayed solid, executed defensively, was pretty aggressive and wasn’t sloppy towards the end."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers 137, Spurs 97: Post-Game Notes
    "Elliot Williams set a new career high with 17 points and shot 70% from the field (7-for-10)."

    Oregon Live: Portland 137, San Antonio 97: Blazers get big win over depleted Spurs
    "As I told the guys, 'Go and enjoy the break and get away,'" McMillan said. "Because we need to refocus, we've got some making up to do. The second half, we've got to lock in and play much better basketball to get ourselves back in this race."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers crush Spurs, 137-97 (Photo Essay)

    Columbian: Blazers Bury Resting Spurs
    “I made the decision based on the rhythm in last night’s game,” said McMillan, insisting that the Laker game was the sole impetus for the switch, and that the change was not necessarily long-term. “I thought when (Crawford) got in the game, he got us into a pretty good flow.”

    Portland Tribune: Blazers Make Spurs Pay For Missing In Action
    “When you want a win, you don’t care who you’re playing – JV, varsity, a win is a win,” Aldridge said. “It still counts, right? We don’t care who was out there. We needed to get back on track, to bounce back from (Monday’s loss), and we did.”

    Blazersedge: Game 33 Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 137, San Antonio Spurs 97
    "Elliot "Pan Am" Williams again took flight, dunking off of an alley-oop for the play of the night, scoring at will, leaping for name it. It was fun to see him all but unguarded. If this guy were 6'7" and/or had any point guard skills...oh my gosh. He may eventually get to oh my gosh anyway. 7-10 from the field, 3-6 from the foul line for 17 points in 18 minutes."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 137, Spurs 97
    "We need to rest players," Popovich said, explaining his decision. "With this schedule, everybody rests players at some point. It would be great if I was still able to play Manu and Tiago tonight and rest Tony and Tim, but that's not the case. Those guys are out, and I can't run our guys into the ground. When it's time for them to rest based on the schedule and the time they've been playing, that's what has to happen if you want to put somebody in the bank for later."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: LaMarcus Aldridge will be on “Portlandia” this Friday
    "What's notable here, apart from Aldridge appearing on a niche comedy show, is that Marshall is a diehard Clippers fan. Will their fans take kindly to her consorting with a Western Conference rival? And, more importantly, can she Frankie Muniz find some work?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Jeremy Lin scores his second straight Sports Illustrated cover, joining some lofty company
    "Bust out the excuses. He's playing in the country's biggest market. Because of his Asian-American heritage, he's reaching out to a basketball-mad community that hasn't had an American-born star to call their own. It's February, the brackets have yet to be filled, pitchers and catchers just reported, and the football season ended a few weeks ago -- the slowest time of the sports year."

    DIME: Greg Oden’s Broken Career & The Reason Why It Hurts So Much
    "And that’s the reason Oden’s failure is the biggest disappointment: The Trail Blazers bucked the trend of the team that didn’t care throughout this process. In some cities, he’d have been done in the public eye well before his rookie contract was up and the team had the chance to formally end a wholly lackluster era. In Portland, Oden had every chance to succeed. He was brought back this year for a one-year deal after meeting his qualifying offer. Then, they signed him for nearly $7 million less."

    DIME: Elliot Williams Finishes An Alley-Oop In Danny Green’s Face
    "Elliot Williams had BY FAR the best game of his season last night, scoring 17 in 18 minutes as the Blazers shrink-wrapped San Antonio at home by 40. We should thank Gregg Popovich, who decided to hold out and rest Tony Parker and Tim Duncan because this in turn caused Portland to explode for 137 points, which gave Williams some extended PT, which gave him the platform to catch an alley-oop in Danny Green‘s face. Nasty. He also had another sick one-handed dunk as well, which is on page two. "

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.22
    "Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out 10 assists, stole three balls and blocked two shots last night. He shot 69 percent (11-16) from the field, 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Wade has quietly maintained top five value so far this season, despite dips in his scoring, rebounding and three-point making. He has cut down on his turnovers and had increased his steals and blocks to make up for those declines."

    DIME: 3 Potential Hit Or Miss Prospects In The 2012 NBA Draft
    "At this point, the best thing for Jones, Drummond and Leonard would be for their draft stock to fall. Just look at DeAndre Jordan. He had a great deal of hype going to Texas A&M and fell to the second round for the Clippers after a mediocre freshman year. Now he is the starting center for a good NBA team. There are numerous factors that helped Jordan get to this point (Chris Paul being traded to Los Angeles certainly did not hurt) and perhaps if Jordan had landed on a different team, he would have been a bust."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Wade's World
    "Holy blowout! Only a Greg Popovich-coached team would rest its two biggest stars in the midst of an 11-game winning streak. Pop sat down Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, telling media pre-game, “We’re going to put some money in the bank; get some rest and recuperation.” The game that followed without TP and TD went about as you’d expect—the Blazers wasted no time jumping all over the Spurs, taking a 41-23 lead after the first quarter, during which they drilled 8 threes. From there, Portland continued to pour it on, opening up a ridiculous 103-65 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Put it this way, last night’s Luke Babbitt sighting lasted 10 whole minutes. Jamal Crawford stepped into the starting lineup in place of Raymond Felton and delivered 20 points and 8 assists (Felton had 16 points but still took 3 more shots than Crawford). LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 21 points and Gerald Wallace added 19, 10 and 6, while Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 24 points, 10 boards and 5 steals. The streak-snapping loss drops the Spurs to 23-10, while Portland is now 18-16 on the year."

    SLAM via Indy Star: Eric Gordon Interested in Joining the Indiana Pacers?
    “It’s going to be interesting,” Gordon said Tuesday. “It’s all about whatever happens, happens. Coming back here would be a lot of pressure, but I think it would be good for the fans. We’ll see. You never know where this summer will take me.”

    SLAM via Boston Globe: Rajon Rondo to Replace Joe Johnson in All-Star Game
    “According to NBA source, Rajon Rondo named to replace Joe Johnson on All-Star team.”

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Elliot Williams' monster dunk to push the Blazers to 130 points for the first time in several years. There's nothing valuable to learn from this game for either team. Just enjoy the garbage-time stat padding."

    ESPN: Fact or Fiction: The Lakers need to trade Pau Gasol.
    "Fiction. Do the Lakers want to trade Gasol for an All-Star point guard? Yes. Do they need to trade him for the sake of trading him? No. For all the talk about Gasol's state of mind, he's actually playing well. He's averaging 16.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game while trying to allow Andrew Bynum to play a larger role. Gasol is not the problem with the Lakers right now; a lack of a point guard, small forward and bench are the issues."


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