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Around The World: March 9

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    March 9 Video: Nolan Smith: Celebrity Spelling Bee

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers will be active as NBA trade deadline approaches, but won't sacrifice long-term health for temporary fix
    “If there is a move that helps our team now, we’ll make it,” Blazers interim GM Chad Buchanan said. “But we’re not going to sacrifice anything long term for the short term. We’re realistic about where we’re at right now. We’re going to have to fight to get into the playoffs. We’ve dug ourselves a little hole. But we don’t want to make a decision right now that will impact us negatively long term just to salvage something short term.”

    Trail Blazers: Preview: Trail Blazers vs. Celtics
    "You never want to start a road trip like this, with a loss," Jamal Crawford said. "You want momentum and start off with a win. Mood's pretty down for sure."

    Trail Blazers: First Is The Worst
    "It's hard to pinpoint what is causing Portland's poor starts. The obvious answer is defense, specifically from the perimeter, but there's no reason why the schemes that work relatively well in the last three quarters can't work just as well in the first. In fact, you would imagine that the starting lineup, which features four long-limbed defenders, would be Portland's best unit. For whatever reason, that hasn't been the case."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams dislocates shoulder, will miss at least two games
    "Reserve guard Elliot Williams dislocated his left shooting shoulder during the team's practice at Emerson College and will miss both tomorrow's game against the Boston Celtics and Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards."

    Rip City Project: Game 40 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics
    "Speaking of high expectations (or unrealistic expectations), here’s why I think Portland can beat Boston. First, as I said, this Boston team isn’t as good as it once was. The Big Three are a bit older, Rando still isn’t much of a shooter, the newest pieces are quite as good as the old pieces. There are holes in this roster. Sure Ray Allen will hit threes, Paul Pierce will draw a lot of fouls while shooting elbow jumpers and might drive to the hoop a couple of times, Kevin Garnett will do something clearly illegal and vaguely evil. It’s still a good group. It’s just not the insanely good group that beat the Lakers in the Finals all those years ago."

    Blazersedge: Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
    "On the other end Portland needs to speed the game up, get into that bench, and make the Celtics prove they can guard the lane on the other end. Settling for jumper versus jumper wouldn't be prudent. Boston will execute better than the Blazers will. The Blazers need to play with physicality, emotion, make the Celtics remember that they just got blown to heck by the 76'ers instead of letting them get revenge for it. Portland has the talent and the bodies to rip this game away. Who knows if they'll bother using either. When a flat team meets a flat team the team that shows more emotion and desire to win usually takes it. Paging Gerald Wallace. Hello Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton. Why don't you help your man Aldridge beat up on some guys who used to spit on this team back in the day? The Blazers need to play like a steamroller, not safety flaggers. We'll see if they've got it in them."

    Blazersedge via Canberra Times: Four Teams Interested In Patty Mills
    "As many as four clubs - including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers - expressed a desire to sign him before the March 15 deadline. However, the Trail Blazers can decide to hold on to Mills's contract rights, which could cause a disruption to his Olympic preparations."

    NYPost: Vecsey: Timberwolves Not Trading Luke Ridnour?
    "Toronto is not shopping Leandro Barbosa, who has fired agent Sam Goldfeder and hired Dan Fegan. But teams certainly are calling about him and Jose Calderon. ... Reports that the Timberwolves are in talks with the Blazers regarding a Luke Ridnour-Jamal Crawford swap is bogus. While the eighth best team in the West definitely can use a starting scoring guard, Ridnour is going nowhere."

    Grantland: NBA Trade Value, Part 1
    "Nicolas Batum: The geek-friendly teams (San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City, etc.) have circled him for years, fully expecting him to become Battier 2.0 on the right contender. He's getting an offer sheet next July that will make you say, "Wait … WHAT?????" Be prepared."

    Ball Don't Lie via Pro Basketball Talk: Analysts are starting to track the fastest players in the NBA
    "But none can touch Parker in an open sprint, at least not so far this season. Parker has reached a high speed of 20.9 miles per hour in one stretch of in-game sprinting, easily the highest speed any of these guys have registered. Rubio is next, at 19.4 miles per hour, and the rest of the crew falls into the 17 range. Chicago has not invested in the STATS system, so we only have a few games worth of data on Derrick Rose; he reached a peak speed of 17.0 miles in San Antonio last month."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Hedo Turkoglu gets T’d up for touching referee, could face one-game suspension
    "Feeling he was fouled on the play, an incredulous Turkoglu ran right over to Lane to dispute the no-call and make his case. And because Hedo is a big proponent of the "show, don't tell" writing technique, he was pretty demonstrative in doing so. Like, physically demonstrative, which is a no-no that'll get you T'd up just about every time.."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.9
    "Dwight Howard finished with 29 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks against the Bulls last night. He shot 58 percent (11-19) from the field and 70 percent (7-10) from the charity stripe, and had four turnovers. If you take free-throw percentage out of the equation, Howard is the No. 2 fantasy basketball player this NBA season."

    DIME: Clip Of The Day: Portland’s Elliot Williams Plays 18 Games Of Chess At Once
    "There aren’t many basketball fans outside of the Northwest that realize Elliot Williams can sky. Ask Danny Green. Earlier this season, Williams dunked on his face off an alley-oop. The Blazer backup is also REALLY good at video games. Turns out he has another unknown talent: Chess. Williams recently hit up the Vernon Chess Club with the goal of playing 18 different games of chess at once. Okay, so Forget being another Michael Jordan. Williams is the next Bobby Fischer. So what if he played against a bunch of kids probably still learning their time tables. 18 is 18. "

    DIME: Shannon Brown Touches The Sky With A Follow-Up Slam
    "After a day of watching college kids miss game-winning free throws and commit non-stop turnovers, we needed a couple of highlights to get us going again last night. Shannon Brown, who might feel slightly dumb right now considering he went to Phoenix to play more and yet would probably be playing big minutes in L.A. because no one can make a shot, hit us with one of the best dunks of his career."

    SLAM via Racine Journal Times: Report: Andrew Bogut Open to Trade from the Milwaukee Bucks
    "Unlike his teammate Stephen Jackson, who hasn’t hidden his displeasure with Skiles — Jackson recently told Rod Burks of Channel 4 in Milwaukee that “We don’t have no relationship like I’ve had with other coaches and I don’t expect to have one.” — Bogut has had his issues with Skiles as well. Some Bucks claim the Bogut-Skiles relationship was especially acrimonious last season when they seldom communicated with each other. Besides his noticeable talents as a rebounder and shot-blocker, Bogut also has a favorable contract. After this season, he has two years remaining: $13.1 million for the 2012-13 season and $14.2 million for the 2013-14 season."

    Hang Time Blog via Chicago Sun Times: Trade Chatter: Trying To Making Sense Of The Annual Trade Deadline Mess
    “I don’t think there’s a player in the NBA who wants to be a nobody,’’ Howard said. “I think everybody wants to be that guy to take the last shot, be that guy that everybody is leaning on for whatever reason, and I don’t think there’s any problem with wanting to be that guy. I’ve been that guy for this team since I’ve been here.’’

    ESPN: Should the Portland Trail Blazers buy or sell?
    "Sell. The team is a mess and in need of a shakeup. Raymond Felton has to go. We already know Jamal Crawford is on the block. If it's me, I'm looking into trading Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace, too. LaMarcus Aldridge is 26 and locked up until 2015; they have time to reload."


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