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Around The World: March 2

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    March 2 Video: Trail Blazers 93, Heat 107 Video: Nate McMillan Post-Game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Hot Heat Hand Trail Blazers Second Consecutive Loss
    "They've got two great players over there – LeBron and Dwyane were on top of their game tonight," McMillan said. "I thought our guys really worked hard to try to force those guys to shoot the ball over the top. They did that, but they made them."

    Trail Blazers: Przybilla Returns And Matthews Is Rejuvenated
    “We just hung out, just me and her. Didn’t really talk too much about basketball. Just talked about life and cleared my head. Put me in a different perspective,” Matthews said. “Im in a different role, you guys know that was tough for me and it still is, but it’s not a pity party, I still got a job to do and make the most out of it. That’s what I’ve always been doing, I made a career out of it and that’s why I’m here. I wasn’t drafted, so alright, I’ll make the most out of that. So that’s just what I’m trying to do and whatever I can do to help this team win.”

    Trail Blazers: Slow 'Big Two' Blow Through Rose Garden
    "I, like many others, have been caught up in this debate about who stands out among the elite teams in the NBA. For me, considering this recent Miami run, there is no debate. Chicago will make it slightly interesting in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they don't appear to be a match for a healthy and motivated Heat team. And, at this point, I don't care who comes out of the west, they won't beat Miami."

    Oregon Live:Canzano: Trail Blazers get a lesson in winning from a big fan
    "The "bucket list" went on and on. A piece of paper filled with a teenager's dreams. And at some point Natalie stopped cold, and announced to her friend that she wanted to shoot baskets with the Trail Blazers someday. Someday was Thursday. Because the Blazers found out about Natalie's list. They arranged a hotel room for her family to stay in overnight. They gave them tickets to the sold-out Heat-Blazers game. And also, they went all the way with it. "

    Oregon Live: Blazers-Heat: Simply put, Miami was just the better team; and so, now what for Portland with trade deadline looming?
    “Sometimes, they try to take your heart right from the start, and sometimes teams, they fold the tent,” McMillan said. “I didn’t think our guys did that tonight. They kept scrapping. We had a slow second quarter. That was the big quarter for us. For the most part, I thought we kept competing.”

    Oregon Live: Miami 107, Portland 93: Heat superstars put on show in Blazers' house
    "He was just getting started. Przybilla added two emphatic blocks, one on Udonis Haslem and another on Joel Anthony, to round out a solid first shift that lasted six minutes. He would have an equally solid second half and finshed with four points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist. He dove to the ground for loose balls and at one point administered a hard foul on James during a drive to the basket. "

    Columbian: Heat are too hot for Blazers to touch
    “We have a lot of talent, I never saw us being in this position,” Aldridge said. “But now we’re here ... we’ve put ourselves in this hole and now we have to dig out of it.”

    Portland Tribune: Hot Heat Take It To The Blazers
    "The Heat “are still good even without Bosh,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who led Portland with 20 points. “We didn’t see it as a cakewalk. They have guys who have been in the league for a long time who can fill that role, and they did.”

    Rip City Project: March Minus One
    "Last month I basically said every game was a game to watch. This month I’ll narrow it down just a bit. Following a three game home stand to get things going, the Blazers pack their bags and hit the road for seven straight away games. These games will probably be the difference between Portland making and missing the Playoffs. The Blazers should be able to beat the T-Wolves in Minnesota (although that’s not a sure win), they’ve got a chance for some level of redemption in D.C., Indiana and New York are beatable. The real issue with this trip is that Portland needs four wins to feel OK, and to get those four wins the Blazers will have to get some wins in back-to-back situations. They will also have to limit the number of games they drop in a row. Portland can lose to Washington, but only if they beat Boston the night before. They can drop their game at Indy, but that means they’ll have to win in MSG. Chicago and Oklahoma City are the wild cards. The Blazers have a game before and after both of those games, so they’ll be able to prepare. Portland’s goal should be to get into the Windy City with those four wins already locked down. If, however, they get to Chicago having won only twice in their last five games, well it might be time to start making travel reservations for early May."

    Rip City Project: Game 36 Recap: Blazers 93, Heat 107
    "Forget, for a minute, Miami’s crazy up and down game (the only reason a game in Portland will lead SportsCenter ever is the other team), or how they picked apart the Blazers in the half court, or how good they played passing lanes. The Heat won this game because they adjusted their defense on Portland’s best player, and the rest of the Blazers couldn’t adjust their offense even a fraction. This team is locked into LaMarcus, as it should be, but when he sees the double teams we all know are coming, his teammates have to find a way to get it done. That doesn’t mean shooting more. It means getting better shots, moving the ball around the perimeter, and attacking with purpose."

    Blazersedge: Game 36 Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 93 , Miami Heat 107
    "Wesley Matthews filled up the boxscore tonight in a rare multi-digit appearance. He had 15 points on 4-6 shooting, 5-5 from the free throw line. He got straight-line drives as Miami shaded towards other scorers. Matthews had 7 rebounds and 4 assists too."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Heat 107, Blazers 93
    "It was probably fitting that the loss dropped Portland to .500 because the Blazers have not looked so average at home against a top team in recent years. There was some effort but not pluck, scoring but no momentum, defense but no real stops. Portland had three chances in the fourth quarter to hit three-pointers to make it a game. The first two missed and Blazers forward Nicolas Batum hit the third, only to have James come down on the ensuing possession to answer with the dagger three of his own. It was an almost unnecessary flourish at the end of a sterling night, not a true exclamation point. James reacted in kind, going on about his business afterwards. This wasn't a win for the ages, merely a win for the night."

    Ball Don't Lie: New York hockey player says Jeremy Lin can punch him
    "Again, Scott has nothing to apologize for, because Lin would probably be agree that he's not as good as Rose. He made these statements to appeal to the fans of his new team, which is no shameful act. Everyone wants to work in a positive environment."

    Ball Don't Lie: Following their biggest win of the season, the Knicks celebrate a young girl’s win of a lifetime
    "A New York Knicks podcast host, a cadre of Knick stars and the bravery of a 12-year old girl helped make for a pretty special scene at Madison Square Garden last week, somehow eclipsing New York's huge nationally televised victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 19. Gianna Gregoire, a 12-year-old Bronx native and Knicks fan, was able to meet Jeremy Lin, Amar'e Stoudemire, Landry Fields, Tyson Chandler and television personality LaLa (wife of Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony) following the big Knick win. This was also following a pretty significant win of her own, as Gianna came out on top after a two-year-long struggle with brain cancer."

    The Basketball Jones: Zach Randolph’s cars are enormous, awesome
    "The profile is a pretty fun read, even if you’re not in to cars. It’s worth it to hear Randolph talk about learning about donks from Darius Miles — who befuddled Nate McMillan with this jacked-up hi-riser — and for the quote, “Honestly, I’d rather have somebody drive my Phantom or Maybach than my Chevy.” Basically, Zach Randolph’s custom cars — of which he owns six — cost more than two of the most expensive rides on the planet, which he also owns for good measure. This is like a prequel to one of those “Such and such player spent all his NBA money” posts, but let’s enjoy it for now."

    DIME: Wilt's 100 & The NBA's Top 10 Unbreakable Records
    "The Lakers of 1971-72, who had the regular-season wins record before the Bulls with 69, won’t be caught. While I’ve mentioned the diluted state of the league a couple times here compared to previous eras, even a super team on the level of Miami couldn’t replicate this with modern scouting technology. Houston in 2008 came the closest and was still just two-thirds of the way to the mark."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Dianosis: 3.2
    "LeBron James posted a sick line to the tune of 38 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, five steals, one block and two three-pointers. He shot 59 percent (13-22) from the field, 83 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line and had zero turnovers (in 41 minutes of play). Sure, the absence of Chris Bosh helped, but these sorts of nights are expected from the No. 1 fantasy stud in the land."

    SLAM: Post-Up: LeBron's Way
    "LeBron James wanted us all to shut up about the All-Star game business. 38 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals. Man, the Blazers must absolutely hate this dude—outside of Michael Jordan, Bron Bron has the highest career scoring average in Portland at 31.2 (MJ’s was 32.4) ppg. Suffice to say this one was over by halftime, when the Heat already had an 18-point lead, despite being without Chris Bosh for personal family reasons. In his absence, LBJ did his thing and Dwyane Wade did, too, chipping in a casual 33 points and 10 dimes. How crazy is that? 33 and 10 and it won’t even get talked about, since it wasn’t even the best line on his own team! Miami remains atop the East at 28-7, and won this game with only 6 fast break points (what!) while Portland actually kept pace in most statistical categories. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 20 points, Jamal Crawford added 18 and new re-addition Joel Pryzbilla played 19 minutes (4 points, 6 boards) but PDX was no match for the men from the MIA. How does anyone score on this team? Lastly, on LeBron: say what you will about TNT’s post-game show, but I enjoyed this exchange (don’t worry, no Shaq) between Charles and the Jet. Chuck: “Hey man let me tell you something, LeBron James, whew, this guy is scary man.” To which Kenny replied: “He made Gerald Wallace not look like an athletic person.” Amen."

    SLAM: 100 Grand
    "In that fourth quarter in Hershey, the Knicks threw eight players at Chamberlain. Guards Richie Guerin, Donnie Butcher and Al Butler flashed in front. Forwards Willie Naulls, Jumpin’ Johnny Green and Imhoff crept in, stepping on the big fella. The lane was just 12 feet wide then (it was changed a few years later to the current 15, in part to limit the Dipper) and so Knick reserves Cleveland Buckner and Dave Budd moved low to the left side, Wilt’s offensive ground zero, and puffed themselves up. Not that it made any difference. That night, the Dipper bent an entire sport to his will."

    Hang Time Blog: MVP Ladder: The Two-Man Game
    "Take your pick between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, twin freaks of and forces of nature, as they continue to trample the competition this season. They had matching performances in the All-Star Game and then did it again last night, when they both dropped 38 in impressive road wins that kept their respective team’s, both atop the standings in their respective conferences, win-streaks alive. The Heat’s streak is nine straight, with all nine wins coming via double digits. The Thunder’s mark is seven straight."

    ESPN Dallas: Lamar Odom to play in D-League
    "Texas Legends owner and Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson confirmed Friday that it was Odom's idea to play with the Legends first. Odom has not appeared in a game since Feb. 20; he left the team to attend to his ill father in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, sources told"


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