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Around The World: March 1

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    March 1 Video: Trail Blazers 95, Nuggets 104 Video: Kurt Thomas Head Injury Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    True Hoop: Suns' dream: Re-sign Nash, not trade him
    "Yet even if the Blazers were willing to include the widely coveted Nicolas Batum in a package for Nash -- which is a matter of debate depending on who's doing the gossiping -- sources say Phoenix continues to put out the message that it won't deal Nash unless Nash asks to be traded. Which is something Nash has consistently said he won't do. "

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers At Heat Preview
    “We just got outworked," said coach Nate McMillan. "That team came out and right from the start outworked us and pounded us on the boards, pounded us in the paint and wanted it more. Mentally, we got to get stronger on the road playing games like this and playing through situation like this.”

    Trail Blazers: Slow Start Dooms Trail Blazers In Denver
    "We’re still searching it looks like. We’re not being consistent," said LaMarcus Aldridge of the team's performance. "We got back in the game tonight once we started playing hard and start playing together we just didn’t have enough to finish it."

    Trail Blazers: Slow Start Dooms Portland
    "I’m not going to walk through every stat in this box score that’s sitting in front of me, but it doesn’t take much searching to find things that just leap off the page. Denver outrebounded the Blazers in this game 54-36. The Blazers surrendered a season-high 21 offensive rebounds to the Nuggets as well. This is the same Denver team, that when at full strength earlier in the season, was outrebounded by the Blazers 50 to 30. Rebounding isn’t always indicative of hustle and effort, but it’s usually as good an indicator as any."

    Oregon Live: LeBron James' game blossoms at the Rose Garden
    "For one, I spend a lot of time in Portland, Oregon, ... in Beaverton," James said last January. "I'm a Nike guy, so I feel at home sometimes."

    Oregon Live: Denver 104, Portland 95: Blazers start second half of season with flat game against Nuggets
    "He looked like a drunk guy trying to take a DUI test," said Wallace, who has had multiple concussions. "I've been in that situation, I've been through those things, so my main thing was just to try to control him until we got some help there for him."

    Rip City Project: Game 35 Recap: Blazers 95, Nuggets 104
    "How about coach Nate McMillan says that on offense the first five possessions have to go through LaMarcus Aldridge? That might decrease the number of bad jump shots that lead to long rebounds and fast breaks going the other direction. How about Nate gets on his guys to crash the defensive glass hard for the first seven minutes and forget about running altogether? I’m not really a big fan of telling everybody to stay put on defense, fast breaks are the best method of getting an offense from idle to high gear, but giving up second chance points the way Portland did Wednesday is a good way to lose a game."

    Blazersedge: Game 35 Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 95, Denver Nuggets 104
    "I think I just said it all right there. This team has skill, talent, a bona fide star. This team doesn't have fire. This team doesn't have anybody to rip control away from an opponent and not give it back. Nene was out and the Blazers got out-rebounded by 18 and outscored in the paint by 20. Danilo Gallinari was out and the Blazers lost the shooting battle, the scoring battle, the fast-break battle. That's not good."

    Blazersedge: Game 36 Preview: Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers
    "The only way I see Portland winning is with overwhelming effort, perhaps catching the Heat in a lull after the long break. If the Blazers play with a lot of heart, a little bit of their home voodoo, follow their trend of playing up to their level of competition as well as down, manage some great individual defense, refuse to be bullied, and hit some shots...maybe. Then again, what are the odds of that when Portland played in Denver last night while the Heat remain fresh? Perhaps LeBron and company will get the Blazers riled early. Playing with a chip on their shoulder would help. But the reality is, when you have to say these things you're in a deep hole already. We'll see if Portland can bump and fire their way out of it. That's not likely. The elevator's only so big. Sometimes there's nowhere to run."

    Blazersedge: One-On-One Interview With Blazers President Larry Miller
    "Miller officially dubbed Aldridge "untouchable." Miller said he doesn't feel added pressure to build a winning team around Aldridge given his starpower and the actions of previous stars (LeBron James, Chris Bosh, etc.) in recent years but says that managing the star/organization relationship is a high priority."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: The Clippers love their airline pranks, if not their team’s offensive sets
    "On the other hand, looking at this decision in business terms — which might be baseless, given Darrell's positivity — misses the point. Clipper Darrell might not have brought in measurable profits as a spokesman for the team, but his enthusiasm for the franchise was important to their identity at a time when their fans had little to cheer about. Ending their association now, when the Clippers are finally among the league's elite, comes across as a heartless act, the sort of thing a team does when they don't value their fans whatsoever. And while the offer of another season ticket is substantial, it also smacks of condescension. What Darrell really wants is to cheer on his team with the conspicuous passion he's exhibited for years."

    Ball Don't Lie: Clippers ask superfan ‘Clipper Darrell’ to lose their name
    "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."

    Ball Don't Lie: A ‘Malice in the Palace’ oral history reminds us we’re way better off in 2012
    "It's not just his current role on a boffo Lakers team. Los Angeles still has a shot at this year's title, but that year's Pacers were title favorites in the eyes of many (including this scribe). Not only did Artest's resulting season-long suspension just about destroy those hopes, but it sent the already off-kilter forward down a path that led to a strange trade demand a year later (to hear Stephen Jackson tell it, he felt as if the demand from the man he went into the stands to help "protect" was a betrayal), and a botched job at on-the-fly rebuilding by Pacer bosses Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh. Artest's deal turned into Peja Stojakovic's expiring contract which more or less turned into Al Harrington."

    The Basketball Jones: Kenneth Faried knocks out Kurt Thomas with a kick to the face
    "You might think I’m joking about Kenneth Faried actually knocking out Kurt Thomas with this accidental kick, but Kurt really left the game with a mild concussion, thanks to taking Faried’s adidas to the face. I mean, look at the way he wobbles when he tries to get up. That is a serious strike. The guy in the bottom left corner of this picture knows what I’m talking about."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.1
    "Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and five threes in his second consecutive start last night. He shot 53 percent (8-15) from the floor and had one turnover. Crawford looks set to continue being the Blazers’ starting point guard, relegating the struggling Raymond Felton to the bench. So long as he’s starting, Crawford will see a nice bump in value."

    DIME: Video: Andre Iguodala’s Spinning Reverse Dunk on the Thunder
    "The Sixers absolutely cannot beat good teams, especially down the stretch. They have no go-to guy who can get them buckets when they absolutely need it, and it cost them the game against the Thunder night. At least they’ll always have this highlight of Andre Iguodala spinning, twisting, reverse dunk."

    SLAM: Post-Up: The Masked Mamba
    "Welcome back, Ty Lawson. Denver came in having lost two straight, but behind Lawson’s team-leading 18 points and 9 assists, the Nuggets got back on track, and now sit at 19-17, a hair better than the team they beat, Portland (18-17). The Nuggs got a huge spark from Kenneth Faried, who continues to make the most of his playing time when he’s on the floor—on this night, he went 6-6 from the field, finishing with his 3rd double-double in his last six games at 13×10. Faried tortured the Blazers’ bigs, as 7 of his 10 boards came on the offensive end, helping Denver dominate the rebounding margin, 54-36. Portland cut a 19-point second half lead to just 9 in the third quarter, but the Blazers never led during the loss. Jamal Crawford scored 21 out of the starting point guard spot, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 and 9 rebounds, but the shorthanded Nuggets (even with Lawson back) disposed of Portland thanks in part to a 20-point margin in points in the paint. The Blazers have lost 7 in a row in Denver."

    SLAM via ESPN: Report: Celtics ‘Aggressively’ Shopping Rajon Rondo
    "Danny Ainge acknowledged earlier this season that Rondo’s name came up in trade talks when the Celtics tried to acquire Chris Paul from the Hornets, but he said he wasn’t shopping Rondo per se and that his name came up only because Ainge was trying to add a player of Paul’s caliber. “I was not trying to trade Rajon Rondo,” Ainge told Boston sports radio WEEI in January. “There’s a big difference between trying to acquire a player and trying to trade a player.” If the Celtics are now actively shopping Rondo, it would seem to be a change of course."

    Hang Time Blog: Clippers Need To Do Right By Darrell
    "As much as it for is for Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the current Clippers, this should be his time. This is the season, the team and potentially the era he’s been living for. To have his identity snatched away like this … it’s just wrong!"

    Hang Time Blog: The President Has League Pass!
    "There are no partisan politics in basketball. You either love the game or you don’t! It’s good to know that the leader of the free world has true love for the game."

    ESPN: LeBron against the all-time greats
    "Bird might be the only big forward with passing skills above LeBron's, and his shooting/scoring talent made him the better overall player. It's in the realm of possibility that LeBron passes Larry Legend, but it's not likely. Bird's knack for pulling off the unlikeliest of big plays in dramatic settings outranks Bron's incredible physical gifts."


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