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News From Around The World: January 8

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    January 8

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers 125, Magic 119

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Courtside

    Trail Blazers TV: Damian Lillard Preview

    Trail Blazers TV: Wesley Matthews Preview

    Trail Blazers: Batum, Blazers Assisted By Bad Back
    "I was focused on scoring too much in the first month, first couple of weeks," said Batum. "Since I hurt my back, I've tried to slow down. Before, when my shot didn't go in, you couldn't see me on the court. I don't have a great percentage this month. I shoot the ball very bad the last 10, 15 games but I still effect the game in other ways. That's what I've tried to do. I know my percentage going to go back and my shot going to go back but I just try to do something else. On defense, try to guard, make a difference."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Outlast Magic In OT
    "The Trail Blazers exploded offensively for 125 points to get a tough 125-119 overtime win against the Orlando Magic (12-22) Damian Lillard (18 points, 10 assists) took over the overtime and the Trail Blazers eventually prevailed after being down by nine points at halftime, 125-119."

    Trail Blazers: Blazers Improve To 5-0 In OT Games
    "Portland is now 10-2 in games decided by six points or fewer, and 5-0 in games that require overtime. Oh, and you want get offensive with them? You might want to try something different. The Blazers are 13-1 when they shoot better than 45 percent, and are now 12-2 when they score 100 points or more."

    Trail Blazers: Wear Rip City: Retro Glide
    "I loved the short shorts. We could actually run and do stuff in them. We didn’t have to pull them down and pull them back up all the time. I never had a problem with my shorts."

    Trail Blazers: Harry Glickman Nominated For Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame Class Of 2013
    "Glickman was the driving force that advocated for professional basketball in the Northwest. After founding the Trail Blazers in 1970, he oversaw the franchise’s growth over its first 24 years, serving as executive vice president, general manager and president. During his tenure as the Trail Blazers’ leader, he helped construct the roster that earned the Trail Blazers their first NBA Championship in 1977. He also guided the Trail Blazers’ business operations to the all-time professional sports record of 814 consecutive sellouts. Due largely to his success, the Trail Blazers became a model franchise for small market NBA teams. Glickman retired as team president in 1994 and has since served as the team’s president emeritus."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Another car accident, another big game for LaMarcus Aldridge
    "The biggest damage, however, could be to the opponent on nights Aldridge is hit. In the two games, Aldridge is now averaging 28.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists while hitting 35-of-50 shots (70 percent). Both times I have gotten hit, I was here early - like 30 minutes early - and I never get here that early,’’ Aldridge said. “And both times, it was somebody who works here that hit me. I don’t know what it is.’’

    Oregon Live: LaMarcus Aldridge Gets Good News From The Doctor
    "Aldridge initially tweaked his wrist Nov. 12 in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks and has been enduring intermittent pain for the last two months. But it bugged him so much during the Blazers’ overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Monday that he decided to undergo further testing."

    Oregon Live: Blazers' rundown: Rose Garden still a 'special' advantage, even though sellout streak has ended
    “This is consistently a full arena with loud fans, and you don’t always get that,’’ Stotts said noting half-filled arenas around the league. “But the Rose Garden is filled with fans who appreciate the team, and that’s important. It’s important for the players, the opponents, everything. It’s special.’’

    Oregon Live: Blazers taken to overtime before fending off stubborn Orlando for eighth straight home win
    “We’ve got all-around people who can do everything,” Batum said, adding jokingly, “Only Wes can’t do everything. Just score.”

    Columbian: Blazers Beat Magic In Overtime
    "We expect to win every game," said Wesley Matthews, the lone starter who did not reach the double-double mark but the one who led the team with four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. "That's the mentality you have to have in this league."

    Portland Tribune: Extra Five Minutes Works Wonders For Blazers
    “We won one time (in overtime), two times, three times in a row,” said Portland’s Nicolas Batum, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the overtime period. “Now, when we get into overtime, that’s when we think the game is ours. That’s just confidence.”

    CSNNW: Stotts early favorite for Coach of the Year? His players think so and they could be right
    “I would definitely say he should be Coach of the Year right now,” Aldridge said. “I think he has taken a bunch of pieces and he's meshed them together to put us in position to win every night and to put us in position to be in the playoffs right now. So he definitely deserves to be recognized for what he's done.”

    CSNNW: Blazers Hand The Magic Their Ninth Straight Loss
    “It was a good game,” Lillard said. “We don't want to go to overtime every time, but we'll take the win.”

    Rip City Project: Game 34 Recap: Blazers 125, Magic 119 OT
    "The knock on this Portland team, even after winning a few big games, is that they have a negative scoring differential. For the layman, that means they give up more points than they score on aggregate. I don’t disagree with this being fact. What I disagree with is how important scoring differential will be to the remainder of 2012-13. Clearly, the Blazers outscore their opponents when they win, so even if their aggregate scoring differential was negative on this last road trip (a 20+ point loss against three close victories), they still came out with three wins, basically rendering the whole scoring differential moot."

    Blazersedge: Media Row Report: Blazers 125, Magic 119 (OT)
    "For whatever reason, this team is built for overtimes," Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, who finished with 24 points, four assists and three rebounds, told Blazersedge. "I'd rather not go into [overtime], I'd rather finish it in regulation but we dug deep, we had it, Jameer Nelson hit a tough three, a clutch three. We buckled down, we didn't hang our heads, and we came out with a victory."

    Ball Don't Lie: Carmelo Anthony waited for Kevin Garnett at team bus, locker room after on-court incident (VIDEO)
    "We must now wait for the NBA to conduct its investigation into the matter and decide upon a punishment. And while there are very few precedents for a player visiting the opponents' locker room and bus to continue an argument after a game, it's worth remembering a 2002 fight that can at least ensure us that things could have been worse. Back then, Chris Mills of the Golden State Warriors literally blocked the Portland Trail Blazers' bus from leaving The Arena in Oakland (now Oracle Arena) after a fourth-quarter punch from Bonzi Wells. On Monday, the Celtics were stopped only by Manhattan traffic."

    Ball Don't Lie: Hornets PG Greivis Vasquez was pretty stoked to beat the Spurs (VIDEO)
    "Vasquez's words proved to prophetic. After a Gary Neal jumper cut what had been an 11-point Hornets lead to just three points with 7:31 remaining in the game, Gordon took over, scoring six straight New Orleans points to stem the Spurs' run and get the game back under control; San Antonio wouldn't get within seven again."

    Ball Don't Lie via Bucks: Scott Skiles, Milwaukee Bucks agree to ‘part ways’ effective immediately
    "John and I met and mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of both parties,” Skiles said. “The Senator, the people of Wisconsin, and especially those in the Bucks organization have been very kind to me, my wife, and family. I am truly grateful for our time here. We are leaving with many fond memories. I believe this team can and will have success in the next 50 games and postseason. I want to thank the players for all of their hard work. I wish them all the best.”

    Ball Don't Lie: Bradley Beal hits 1st career game-winner to push Wizards past Thunder in upset (VIDEO)
    "Heading into Monday night, only one team had notched wins over both the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat and defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder this season — the bruising Memphis Grizzlies, owners of the NBA's fifth-best record. Now, however, the Grizz have been joined by ... the cellar-dwelling Washington Wizards, owners of just five NBA wins this year. Zach Randolph and his pals have Wizards rookie Bradley Beal — and one of the oldest tricks in the book — to thank for the company."

    The Basketball Jones: Kevin Durant admits the Thunder lost to the Wizards because they didn’t take them seriously
    "To be fair, this is a team that has won just 25 of its last 99 games (including last night’s win), so not taking them seriously enough is probably OK most of the time. Just not all of the time, lest you lose on a buzzer beater by a 19-year-old rookie. But this sort of thing does happen, good teams not playing their hardest against bad teams. How else do you explain the Bobcats having such a good record against the Lakers? It’s nothing to worry about, unless the Thunder decide to treat every team like the Wizards. But since most teams don’t poop in each other’s shoes, that shouldn’t be a problem.

    The Basketball Jones: Jamal Crawford swears he has a conscience
    "I love this. No one wants to be known as a ballhog, but all these guys who refute their reputation with things only ballhogs would say. Here, Jamal Crawford is basically saying, “I really do give careful consideration to my shots, but if I miss I’m pretty sure the next one is going in because I shoot all the time.” This is especially funny when you consider Jamal hadn’t practiced shooting before this summer, which means the bulk of those “million times” came during games. That just means this makes more sense."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Real Deal Beal
    "But it was the rook Dame Lillard who silenced the Magic’s hopes in the extra period, coming up with big buckets and a huge steal. The Blazers proved to have too much firepower, pulling away in effortless fashion. Portland has been brilliant in close games this season. They’re now 5-0 in overtime. After a rocky start to the year, they’re now four games above .500 and 13-4 since November. They’re dangerous."

    DIME: Report: Memphis, Phoenix Discussing Rudy Gay Trade
    "Gay is making nearly $16.5 million this season, and is still owed over $37 million through 2015. Struggling with his shot (less than 41 percent from the floor) and his overall game (a PER of 14.95, which is below the league average) this season, it’s quite obvious the Grizzlies don’t believe it’s worth spending that money on the third-best player (we also can’t forget about the emergence of Mike Conley either) of a No. 4 playoff seed (where they currently stand)."

    DIME: Something Special Is Brewing In New Orleans
    "Well last night, Gordon started just his second game of the season, and the Hornets got their second set of back-to-back victories this season when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 at home. It’s been a long time since the people of New Orleans had something to cheer about relating to basketball, and we’re hoping they continue to trend upwards because they have an exciting roster that could make some runs this season if they can stay healthy."

    ESPN: Fact or Fiction: The Lakers will make the playoffs.
    "Fiction. The question essentially is, "Will the Lakers finish ahead of Utah, Minnesota, Dallas and Portland?" Considering the injuries to Howard and Gasol and how lost the team is defensively, it feels as if the Lakers are drawing to an inside straight. Certainly not impossible, but increasingly unlikely."

    Trail Blazers: Weekend Plan: Specially Designed For Families And The Busy Nine-To-Fiver
    "Built for the family-oriented fan with a busy work-week, the 12-game Weekend Pack maximizes the thrill-factor while keeping the competitions to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A smattering of Western Conference rivals and Eastern Conference visitors during one-offs and key home stands, you can get your hands on this schedule-friendly pack for as low as $11/game and $52/game in the lower bowl."

    Trail Blazers: The Rivals Plan: Two LAs, Oklahoma City And The Return Of Roy
    "The smallest of the four big ticket plans, the eight game Rivals Pack packs a big punch. You’ll be in the building and eating a corndog while others are wondering how to get their hands on a way to see the return of Brandon Roy and the sure to sell out L.A. Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder."

    Trail Blazers: Why The Value Plan Makes 'Cents' For You
    "The Value Pack starts at just $5 a game. That’s 12 games for as low as $60! Talk about some serious bang for your buck. But that’s not even the best part about this ticket plan. Four of the 12 games take place in the month of January. And there is absolutely no better place to be during an Oregon winter’s night than inside the raucous Rose Garden. Not to mention this pack gets you into the arena to see some of the league’s biggest names and brightest young stars such as Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and Rudy Gay."

    Trail Blazers: Big Games Plan: 12 Of The Biggest Games
    "This game has it all. Season opener, at home, against the loathe-inducing Lakers, in Steve Nash's first game in purple and gold and it's on Halloween night! Any game against the Lakers at the Rose Garden is going to be a lively one, but the confluence of circumstances in this particular game sets the stage for one of the all-time season openers in Trail Blazers history."



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