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Around The World: February 29

  1. Written by: DHawes22

    February 29

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers At Nuggets Preview
    "The trail Blazers, who haven't won three in a row over the Nuggets in a single season since 1998-99, have been outscored by an average of 15.0 points in losing their last six in Denver, and have just two victories in their last 23 games there."

    Trail Blazers: Video: LaMarcus Aldridge On 106 & Park
    "Between this and the "Portlandia" appearance, LaMarcus has been on cable TV more often than "Big Bang Theory" reruns. "

    Trail Blazers: Fan Blog: My Favorite Bill Schonely Memories
    "Growing up, I started listening to The Schonz the year after they won the championship. I would listen to the game with my dad. Whenever the Blazers were on TV, my dad would turn the volume all the way down (no mute buttons back then) so he could turn on the radio and listen to the Schonz. Back then, the TV and radio were in sync with one another. As I got older, I would check the sports page for the next Blazer game so I could listen to the game on radio. I tried to listen to every single Blazer game I possibly could. Granted, there were things that would prevent me from listening to every game (homework, family activities,etc.) but I wanted to be a part of every Blazer game. Growing up in Bend didn't allow me to go to an actual game. After all, a Blazer ticket was hard to get. So the listening to The Schonz was the next best thing for me."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers midseason questions: Point guard and road woes top concerns
    "The Blazers' new starting point guard is a shooting guard and scorer by nature and he has been hesitant to alter his game to fill the team's biggest hole. But he had a solid opening act replacing Raymond Felton before the All-Star break, finishing with 20 points and eight assists in a lopsided win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers likely would have won four of five more games in the first half with better guard play, and if Crawford can evolve into the team's floor leader, a second-half surge is possible."

    Oregon Live: Brandon Roy making a comeback? That's news to the Trail Blazers
    "I talked to him two days ago and he didn't say anything about coming back," Crawford said. "I mean he's kicked the idea around before. But he didn't say anything like it was for sure or anything."

    Columbian: Roy talks about making comeback
    “I watch Jamal (Crawford), I follow all his games. ... It’s just something, that drive to want to get out there is pushing me to want to do it, “Roy told Pick. “Don’t be surprised if you see Brandon Roy make his way back to the court.”

    Blazersedge: Game 35 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets
    "The Blazers need to signal that they're ready to make a move in the second half of the season. They can't wait. Time and games will get short quickly. If they're at all serious about seeding or making a statement, they have to show it tonight. With Miami coming in tomorrow, starting out the second half 0-2 is a grim possibility if Portland blows this game. They'd likely make it up in the next two, coming back to their current status. But that's 4 games out of the 32 remaining spent getting even instead of getting ahead. That's exactly the kind of math the Blazers can't afford. Beating Denver won't be easy but they need to do it. If Portland is to make any kind of leap in the standings, this is the day it starts."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Ersan Ilyasova gives the Bucks a tip-in win over the Wizards
    "Ilysaova flashed to the three-point line to receive Jennings' inbound pass, then screened and handed the ball right back to the passing point guard, who had a full head of steam coming from the boundary. As Jennings curled toward the lane, Ilyasova turned and rolled to the basket, then planted himself at the edge of the restricted area to set up for a rebound. Ilyasova's offensive rebounding position made it tough for the hard-charging Chris Singleton, who found himself trailing the play after coming out past the arc to hedge on Jennings in the screen-and-roll, to have an impact once the shot was in the air. Nobody else on the Wizards really seemed that interested in getting a body on Ilyasova either, because, y'know, they're the Wizards."

    Ball Don't Lie: Kings fans give Maloofs, Mayor Kevin Johnson a hero’s welcome after striking tentative arena deal
    "During the first timeout of Tuesday night's game, the Maloof brothers — whose casino failures, piling debts and apparent interest in bolting for greener pastures inflamed the Kings relocation saga — took the floor to address the fans. But it wasn't a night for rancor; the Sacramento faithful stood and applauded the owners' efforts to keep the Kings at home."

    Ball Don't Lie: Warriors still chasing a Dwight Howard trade, for some reason
    "The key question is what would happen if a Howard deal somehow happened and he then left in free agency. Oddly enough, a gutted Warriors team built around Steph Curry or Monta Ellis and few others wouldn't be the worst situation for the club moving forward. In the modern NBA, being terrible is much better than being mediocre because it helps a team get a high draft pick that they can then use to select a potential game-changing star. For the better part of two decades, the Warriors have been locked in a perpetual middle ground between the high lottery and the playoffs, one where they collect middling draft picks that yield role players who can't wrench them from their place in the middle of the league. Being awful for a year or two would help them reload in a way that could actually build towards something other than irrelevance. By taking a few steps back and accepting short-term failure, the Warriors could finally move forward."

    DIME: 5 Burning Questions: The Northwest Division
    "As good as All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has been (22.3 points, 8.3 boards) this season, he’s been the only thing about the team that’s consistent. Jamal Crawford is the popular option to replace Raymond Felton as point guard, but Crawford’s first half wasn’t the picture of consistency, either. Finding a point guard is crucial and is the domino that sets up Portland’s fate."

    DIME: Who’s The Better Dunker: Blake Griffin Or Shawn Kemp?
    "What I remember most about Kemp’s best dunks is that they mattered. The “Lister Blister” was a momentum-changing land mine that paved the way for Seattle’s series-clinching Game 4 win over Golden State in the ‘92 conference quarterfinals. The swinging alley-oop against the Warriors (“He went airborne, defying gravity! What a play! The Reign Man has struck!”) was the eventual game-winning bucket in the final minute of Game 3 in that same series. The reverse cram after which he sat on Dennis Rodman’s head was the exclamation point of Seattle’s do-or-die Game 4 win over the Bulls in the ‘96 NBA Finals."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.29
    "DeAndre Jordan finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks last night. He shot 78 percent (7-9) from the field and shot not free-throw attempts and had no turnovers. This was Jordan’s third straight game with double-digit rebounds. He remains a fantasy stud for owners punting free-throw percentage."

    SLAM: Post-Up: The Wolfpack Wows
    "Man, that was fun. If you missed this one, figure out where you can watch a a replay of the fourth quarter. Just make sure you’re not a Clippers fan. For three quarters, things looked great for Lob Angeles, as Blake Griffin was in the midst of a monster 30-point performance and the Clips led by 3 heading into the fourth. That’s when reserve forwards Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley went absolutely nuts for the Timberwolves, with 13 apiece—first Williams rattled off 10 in a row, then Beaz took over and poured in a double-digit run of his own. They both scored 27 in the game. How hot were they? Kevin Love needed to score just 10 points, and took the entire final quarter off to rest some sore ribs after taking a shot to the gut in the third quarter. Before JJ Barea missed a 3-pointer with 1:30 left and Minnesota leading by 14, the Wolves were a perfect 10-10 from the field in the fourth. Minnesota got an NBA season-high 72 points from their bench as a whole, and used a crazy 34-11 run through the final quarter to pull away. The wild finish ruined a 27-point, 6-dime night from Chris Paul, and 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by DeAndre Jordan. But the Wolves shot better than 51 percent on the night, and Caron Butler had a forgettable night for the Clippers, not helping much with his 1-10 shooting. His only 2 points came with 3:30 to play in the game."

    Hang Time Blog: Trade Rumors Flying Ahead Of Deadline
    "Dwight Howard‘s name is hot in the streets of Orlando, Newark, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond. Deron Williams should know the feeling. His name is all over the place as well."

    ESPN Los Angeles: Bryant Also Has Concussion
    "It's all I can do," Wade said of the message to Kobe. "He knows it's no ill intent of me to do that to him. Talk about me for taking the foul, but I never wanted that kind of outcome."


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