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Around The World: March 15

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    March 15 Video: Trail Blazers 79, Knicks 121

    Trail Blazers: Portland loses 121-79 in New York
    "We did not come out with the mind frame to compete at this level and it definitely showed," said Portland center Marcus Camby. "We came out and we were not hitting shots, but when you are not hitting shots, you can do other things to help your team out."

    Oregon Live: New York 121, Portland 79: Knicks humiliate reeling Trail Blazers
    "It's the players' fault," Camby said. "Coach (is) doing a great job of giving us the game plan and we're doing a poor job of going out there and executing it."

    Yahoo!: Nets acquire Gerald Wallace from Blazers
    "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed in principle to trade Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected first-round pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports."

    Rip City Project: Game 43 Recap: Blazers 79, Knicks 121
    "I really don’t think it’s a roster issue with this team. I personally think Portland is struggling with a crisis of leadership. Nobody on this team is stepping up off the court, and the only guy that is stepping up on the court is Marcus Camby, who has vented some in the last couple of days by picking up a couple of flagrant fouls. Cam’s fouls have showed at least a little bit of fight, something the rest of the team has been without, but it doesn’t really do all that much."

    Blazersedge: Trail Blazers-Knicks Recap: Blazers Blown Out 121-79
    "Actually, I do. The Blazers shot outside and against the clock when they shot at all. They missed those shots (37% from the field for the game, 29% from the three-point arc). "When they shot at all" is a necessary caveat because Portland committed 23 turnovers...not exactly the 28 of a couple games ago, but close. The Knicks shot 54% due to an astonishing 30 fast break points. 30. You know you're not getting back on defense when that happens. Not that it mattered. The Blazers weren't playing halfcourt defense either."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Warriors might shut down Stephen Curry for the year
    "That's not necessarily a bad thing for the Warriors moving forward. If they end up with a pick outside of the top seven in this summer's loaded draft, the Warriors will send it to the Utah Jazz. If the draft were held today, the Warriors would have the 10th-best odds at nabbing the top pick, which suggests that they will indeed need to give up their spot to Utah. Losing more games won't guarantee they get to keep it, but it does improve their chances significantly."

    Ball Don't Lie: Dwight Howard picks up his contract option, guaranteeing one more year of drama
    "If Howard were truly committed to Orlando, he would have pulled together a press conference on Thursday morning to announce that he would indeed opt-out of the last year of his current contract, while promising (with the cameras rolling) that he would re-sign with the team this summer to a maximum contract extension. He would mention the financial ramifications of such a move, how it was the best for his family, and point out that he's on record as intending to stay in Orlando, and that it would be the biggest PR disaster in ages (even including The Decision) to promise something so publically and then back out in four months."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Blake Griffin airballs back-to-back free throws against the Hawks
    "There's no shame in missing free throws; nobody hits them all. Even airballing (a more common occurrence, even at the NBA level, than you might think) isn't necessarily a sin — some of the best players of all time have done that. Plus, it's unlikely that yours is the worst airball of all time, because DeSagana Diop's probably got you beat there."

    Ball Don't Lie: Chris Wilcox to miss remainder of the season with enlarged aorta
    "In December, Jeff Green and the Boston Celtics got some bad luck when it was revealed that he needed surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, a serious heart-related issue that would cause him to miss the entirety of the season. It was a surprise, the sort of health problem that doesn't typically occur in a world of ACL tears and sprained ankles. The only good news was that it was caught early, before something more serious could occur."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.15
    "Channing Frye posted 26 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and five three-pointers last night. He shot 56 percent (10-18) from the floor and 100 percent (1-1) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. After a poor start to the season, Frye has picked things up since February. He’s been a top 70 asset so far this season, which is about in line with expectations."

    DIME: Breaking News: Cleveland Trades Ramon Sessions To The Lakers
    "Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal just tweeted that the deal has been expanded to include Christian Eyenga going to Los Angeles, and Luke Walton and the Lakers first rounder (lottery protected) in 2012 going to Cleveland."

    DIME: Rajon Rondo Unleashes The Best Assist Of His Career
    "Considering we just did a post on the top 10 plays of Rajon Rondo‘s career, it sucks to see him make a pass like this last night that would’ve undoubtedly been at or near the top of that list. Actually, what am I saying? How can you not watch this five or six times in a row? We know the love/hate relationship Rondo has with everyone, but he might be the only player in the world who can pull this off."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Derrick Who?
    "Jeez, either the Knicks really hated Mike D’Antoni or the Blazers are completely falling apart. Either way, after last night’s game, Nate McMillan might be joining Mike D on the coaching free agent list. His team trailed by as many as 42 (!) while shooting 37 percent from the field and looking generally, well, terrible. Ray Felton shot 2-10 with 5 turnovers to just 3 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge was thoroughly outplayed by Amar’e Stoudemire, who looked like his old self—he finished with 17 easy points (8-10 shooting) and 8 rebounds to LMA’s 15 and 7 on 5-15 field goals. Jeremy Lin took just 4 shots (6 points) while racking up 6 assists and 6 turnovers, but Carmelo Anthony had 16, Baron Davis had 10 dimes and bench warriors JR Smith (23 points, 7 threes) and Steve Novak (20 points, 6 threes) finished things off for New York in a much-needed victory, snapping a 6-game skid."

    ESPN LA: Michael Beasley trade talk intensifies
    "The Lakers revisited talks to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley on Wednesday, multiple league sources told Several variations of the trade have been discussed. One would land Beasley on the Lakers in a three-team deal that would send Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford to the Wolves and Luke Ridnour from Minnesota to Portland. Los Angeles would give up one of its two 2012 first-round draft picks in the deal and use its $8.9 million trade exception, acquired when it traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December, to absorb Beasley's approximate $6.3 million salary. Portland would also receive the Lakers' first-round pick."


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