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Around The World: April 3

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    April 3 Video: Trail Blazers 97, Jazz 102 Video: Coach Canales Post-Game Interview Video: Wesley Matthews Post-game Interview

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Fall To Jazz Despite Hot Start
    "I thought our defensive identity – we just kind of forgot who we are," Canales said. "I thought our defense and rebounding was very, very good to start the game and we just didn’t carry it over as the game went on. They made a great run there to finish the half and to start the third quarter. I felt they responded and you have to give them credit."

    Trail Blazers: Jazz Deal Blazers Crippling Blow
    "I don't know if that was the final blow to the jaw of the Trail Blazers, the one that finally has the legs wobbly and sends them to the canvas, but we'll find out soon enough. I do know this- we've had this same feeling after so many games lately that it's beginning to define this season. And, you don't want to be defined by close losses."

    Trail Blazers: Transforming Before Our Eyes
    "Portland picked up win #25 of the season tonight. And yes, it was a game they HAD to have. Truth be told, I never thought I’d utter the words….”the Timberwolves have not been an easy team to solve”. Yes, I’m talking about the same team that won an NBA worst 17 games last season. But, this was an offensive performance that was both balanced and impressive. Heck, they shot near 53% shooting for the game. Said interim Head Coach Kaleb Canales afterward, “6 guys in double figures. Luke had 8. We’re sharing the basketball – 22 assists. Just fun basketball tonight.” Why yes it was Coach K."

    Oregon Live: Utah 102, Portland 97: Raymond Felton's two late miscues help Jazz walk away with gift-wrapped victory
    “To be a point guard and make a turnover like that at the end of the game, it’s mind-boggling for me,” Felton said. “I’m kind of upset at myself, more so than anybody else. I could care less about anybody else being upset with me. I’m mad at myself.”

    Columbian: Blazers Turnover This Game To Jazz
    "What we discuss in terms of match-ups and rotations that we're going to take it game to game," Canales said. "We knew tonight was a game where they had multiple bigs on the floor, sometimes you need three bigs on the floor. We believe in every single one of our players and we do going forward."

    Portland Tribune: Ultimately giveaway costs Blazers against Jazz
    “This one is going to hurt until 12:01 tonight,” Portland coach Kaleb Canales said, “and we have to turn the page and look forward to tomorrow.”

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Jazz 102, Blazers 97
    "I didn't have the ball in my hands so I don't really know," Aldridge said, when asked to describe what led to yet another Portland late-game meltdown. "For me watching it, two tough turnovers."

    CSNNW: Agent: Shawne Williams will not accept buyout from Blazers
    “We talked about the possibility of a buyout, but we decided it just wouldn't make sense for us,” Williams' agent Happy Walters told “Shawne is continuing to rehab right now and he's excited to be a Blazer.”

    ESPN Insider: Hasheem Thabeet Could Be Good Value Free Agent
    "OK, let me end this with the most far-out suggestion of all: I still think Thabeet can be a productive NBA big man, and he'll probably be available on a minimum contract this summer. Clearly, picking him second overall three years ago was a bit overenthusiastic, and whatever team gets him will have to nurture some shaken confidence. But he has an overwhelming NBA skill with a career average of 3.3 blocks per 40 minutes, he finishes shots around the basket, and he can make a 10-footer."

    Ball Don't Lie: Chris Singleton’s $10,000 Mega Millions splurge: ‘Either that or blow it in the club’
    "The mad super-geniuses behind the sadly long-dormant Wizards-focused comedy blog Wizznutzz dubbed Singleton's line to Lee arguably the greatest Wizards quote of all time, and spent much of the morning generating sweet jokes on Twitter with the delightful hashtag #EitherThatOrBlowItInTheClub. Their jokes stem from the strong grasp of some basic realities about what Singleton said — it was foolish, it was borderline insulting to the average working-stiff NBA fan for whom the freedom to spend $10,000 on anything (let alone lottery tickets or bottle service) is a foreign concept, and it ran counter to what most people would consider basic maturity or common sense."

    Ball Don't Lie via New York Daily News: The Knicks might have held Jeremy Lin’s injury news to sell playoff tickets
    "That was a crucial day inside the club's executive offices at Two Penn Plaza because March 28 represented the deadline for season- ticket holders to purchase all four rounds of the playoffs. In fact, in the email sent to subscribers, there is a picture of Lin leaping in celebration. Yet, it was two days before the deadline when Lin and the Knicks' medical staff learned that the second-year point guard/cash cow was suffering from a torn meniscus in his left knee and that he wouldn't be jumping for joy anytime soon."

    Ball Don't Lie: Randy Foye lights it up from long range to give Clippers their longest winning streak in 20 years
    "The former first-round pick out of Villanova had his best game of the season, scoring 28 points on 19 shots — including an 8-of-15 mark from distance, tying a franchise record for 3-pointers set by Quentin Richardson in February 2004 — in 35 minutes to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the defending champion Mavs in Dallas. The 94-75 road victory moved the Clips to within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the Pacific Division ahead of the teams' next meeting at Staples Center on Wednesday night. The teams split their first two matchups of the season."

    The Basketball Jones: How Shaquille O’Neal came to star in ‘Kazaam’
    "I’m sure it is more complicated than this, but I really like the idea that the entire pitch for Shaq to star in “Kazaam” was “Hey, here’s $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.” That’s a pretty effective little spiel. How do you say no to being paid $7 million to play a rapping genie? It’s impossible. Even a rapping genie could not grant you enough power to say no to such an offer."

    DIME: The 5 Best National Championship Performances Ever
    "The big redhead was one shot away from perfection. Walton made 21 of his 22 shots to finish with 44 points as UCLA easily won their seventh-straight championship. When talking individual performances in a championship game, you can’t get much better than this."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.3
    "Wesley Matthews produced a fine line to the tune of 33 points, one rebound, two steals and five three-pointers. He shot 83 percent (10-12) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line, and had two turnovers. Since being reinserted into the starting lineup on March 16, Matthews has averaged top 10 numbers."

    SLAM: Post Up: Juicy J
    "With ball in hand and a 1-point lead with 1:27 left to play, Portland looked to be in good shape to stay (mathematically) alive in the Western Conference Playoff hunt. Instead, the Blazers twice turned the ball over—Raymond Felton the main culprit on both counts—and twice saw ensuing Jazz possessions result in Paul Millsap dunks, allowing Utah to steal a win in the waning moments. Portland jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, but the Jazz cut it to 3 by halftime and had a 5-point advantage by the end of three quarters, slowly imposing their will on the Blazers. Millsap’s pair of late slams were the finishing touches on his 31-point evening, which also included 11 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews teamed up to score 60 of the Blazers’ 97 points—Matthews the game-high scorer with 33, including 5-6 shooting from beyond the arc."

    ESPN: Who's the second-best NBA prospect in the college game?
    "It's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, though I'm a bit worried by his underwhelming statistics. Like the Memphis version of Derrick Rose, MKG is a one-and-done terror of an athlete who happens to fling a jumper shakier than a paint mixer in an earthquake. You have to draft him at No. 2 and just hope he becomes the D-Rose of off-guards."


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