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11/27/12
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    November 27



    Trail Blazers TV: Jared Jeffries Feature

    Trail Blazers TV: Portland All-Star Band

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers 101, Pistons 108

    CSNNW: Hickson crashing the boards by any means necessary
    “It's about how bad you want it. Somebody can have you boxed out all they want to, but if you want the ball and you see the ball, I don't think there's much they can do to go get it.”

    Trail Blazers: Aldridge Returns But Trail Blazers Still Fall To Pistons
    "It was extremely nice to have Aldridge back in the line-up in this one. However, it seemed like the rest of the team didn't feed off the return of their All-Star. Nicolas Batum (7 points, 10 rebounds) and Damian Lillard (12 points, 7 assists) both had off nights tonight. They combined to shoot six of 27 (22 percent) from the field. That type of production from your second and third leading scorer is a recipe for a tough night. Especially when the opposing team is getting quality looks near the rim."

    Trail Blazers: Lillard Moves On, Barton Gets Minutes And No One Is Immune
    "It don't really mean too much because we lost. I'm a team player," said Barton. "I always want to get a victory. That's definitely the bad part of it, but probably had my best game so far, so just something to build on."

    Trail Blazers: Wear Rip City: This Is (Cross-Country) Flight
    "Black Friday has come and gone, and so too has basically every available pair of Air Jordan IV "Bred", which was released on the busiest shopping day of the year. Maybe that's why Wesley Matthews decided to break out his pair for the flight on Saturday, though he says he acquired a pair a while ago, which is no surprise considering Matthews' status as a Nike-sponsored athlete."

    Oregon Live: Blazers fall to lowly Pistons as defense falters, Damian Lillard struggles and Nicolas Batum disappears
    “I understand that sometimes it’s going to be all good and we’ll win and then some nights I’m not going to play as well and everybody’s going to say, ‘Oh, Damian couldn’t get it done,’” Lillard said. “That stuff doesn’t scare me or shake me at all. We have a lot more games to play and I’m just looking forward to playing. I know that I have a big role. They need a lot from me. But that’s fun to me. I’m not going to shy away from it.”

    Oregon Live: Aldridge's big game negated by Lillard's worst game of season as Blazers fall to Pistons 108-101
    "Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome threatened to derail Aldridge's career before it started. The same heart ailment threatened the life of 12-year-old Dylan Backalar. The two met Monday before the Blazers visited the Detroit Pistons, as Aldridge signed autographs, posed for pictures and chatted with one of his biggest Detroit-area fans. Backalar, who was wearing a black Aldridge jersey, was shy and quiet around his favorite basketball player, but he's making noise off the court. For his mitzvah, Backalar is raising money for the Wes Leonard Heart Team, a charity that is trying to put defibrillators in Detroit-area schools. The Wes Leonard Heart Team exists in honor of 16-year-old Wes Leonard, the Fennville, Mich., player who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest after making a winning shot. Beckalar, who had heart surgery three years ago, "plays basketball every chance (he) gets."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Former Ducks star Aaron Brooks gets his chance to re-establish himself as a starter
    "Brooks has not had a sustained stretch as a NBA starter since the first five games of the 2010-11 season, when he was coming off winning the Most Improved Player award, but wasn't happy because the Rockets would not give him an extension. Brooks then suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for a month and a half, during which Kyle Lowry established himself as a viable starter, and except for two games in which Adelman started the two point guards together, Brooks never did regain his starting spot."

    Columbian: Knee Jerk Reactions: Pistons... yes, THE Pistons 108, Blazers 101
    "From the moment he entered the game with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, Barton played with activity and purpose – the purpose in getting buckets. Barton, always ready to shoot (which is meant as a compliment), has a mentality that he’s The Man from his days as a prep standout and go-to guy with his Memphis Tigers. He went to the rim, he didn’t hesitate with jumpers and he aggressively defended."

    CSNNW: Pistons exploit Blazers' defensive woes in win, Barton shines
    “I'm in a situation where some games I may not play at all and sometimes he may throw me in there early,” Barton said. “My job is to give the team energy, try to help produce and make winning plays. Tonight, I did an okay job when I got in there. It really doesn't matter though, because we lost.”

    Rip City Project: Game 14 Recap: Blazers 101, Pistons 108
    "What we’ll really learn about Monday’s game won’t really be clear until Wednesday. Success in the NBA is based on a few factors: talent, execution, confidence, and pride. Talent and execution are paramount. Every player in the league is on the elite level, but there are clear talent gaps among players and among teams. Those talent gaps can be nullified by outstanding execution, and talent and execution are the two things that separate the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and those other teams that have a legitimate shot at the Larry O’Brien trophy from the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats."

    Blazersedge: Analysis: Despite Individual Heroics Trail Blazers Lose By The Numbers
    "Nicolas Batum had 10 rebounds. Give him credit for that. But if it's possible for 10 rebounds to be quiet, they were tonight. Plus he hit only 2 of his 9 shots, scored 7 points, and seemed to fade in front of Tayshaun Prince...the third veteran small forward he's bowed before in the last week."

    Blazersedge via Basketball Prospectus: Pelton: Blazers F Joel Freeland One Of NBA's Biggest Disappointments
    "Based on his translated Euroleague statistics, Freeland looked capable of helping the Blazers right away. Nothing in his stat line, even last year's down effort, suggested he would miss 17 of his first 18 shot attempts in the NBA. Freeland will obviously shoot better than this eventually. For now, he's also squeezed out of the Portland rotation by solid play from Jared Jeffries and the potential of Meyers Leonard. It may take an injury up front to get Freeland regular minutes."

    Blazersedge via FoxBaltimore: Adsit: Blazers G Will Barton Talks Slipping In Draft, Weight Issues, Outlook In Portland
    "Out of all the teams that were interested in me, Portland wasn't one. I didn't know anything about it. Just because I knew they picked six and 11 and I knew that wasn't my range. And then they picked late in the second round and we figured I would be gone by then because we projected about 17-29, in that range. Maybe they had interest in me but maybe they thought I wouldn't be there either. Who knows."

    Ball Don't Lie: Brook Lopez is the best face of the Brooklyn Nets
    "Brook Lopez had a monster game in the Brooklyn Nets' landmark 96-89 overtime win over the New York Knicks on Monday night, turning in a team-high 22 points on 9-for-20 shooting, 11 rebounds (including seven on the offensive glass) and five blocked shots in 38 minutes of work. With the eyes of the basketball world trained on the inaugural intra-NYC matchup at the Barclays Center, Lopez looked every bit like the max-contract-worthy big man and standard-bearer that Brooklyn's front office expected him to be."

    Ball Don't Lie: Daryl Morey talks about the Rockets’ relationship with Royce White
    "However, the longer this situation fails to change, the more likely it becomes that the Rockets will consider White's talent less important than the fact that they're seeing no production from one of 15 players they're allowed to have on the roster. White's leverage will decrease with every passing day that the Rockets don't get results. And while he has the right to desire a positive work environment, he also chose to enter a business that needs certain things from its employees. The paying party typically holds the power in these situations. If he can't do the job, he might not have it much longer."

    Ball Don't Lie: Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins takes time to ‘give a shoutout to Mike Conley and all the haters of Mike Conley’
    "All should be on board, though. Conley is averaging a career-high 14.8 points in just 33.7 minutes, and most importantly shooting the heck out of the ball — 39 percent from long range and 49 percent overall, great numbers for a point guard. In spite of Memphis' disturbing 84-point turn against Cleveland, the team still ranks fourth overall in offensive efficiency just because Conley sets things up so darn well. And, because of the team's commitment to him, he's been allowed to grow and develop as a player while establishing continuity and chemistry with his Memphis teammates along the way. For a point guard, familiarity rarely breeds contempt."

    Ball Don't Lie: Russell Westbrook can’t quite decide how to score on the Bobcats, later chooses massive dunk (VIDEOS)
    "After picking off an errant Ben Gordon pass (other answers we'd accept include "ill-advised Ben Gordon pass" and "lazy Ben Gordon pass"), the Thunder point guard broke up-court and was all by himself as soon as he crossed the timeline. That's a lot of opportunity to think about what you want to do when you actually get to the rim, and when you're a dunker as explosive, athletic and ferocious as Westbrook is, you've got plenty of options from which to choose in that situation. By the time he reached the restricted area, Russell seemed to be stricken by option paralysis, resulting in the ... um ... less than graceful finish depicted above, and in his jovially-less-than-forthcoming response to questions about the play in the locker room after the game, according to Young:"

    The Basketball Jones: Ersan Ilyasova survives nasty Bull attack
    "The 25-year-old professional athlete was ferociously attacked on the upper right arm by an angry, half-tonne Aberdeen-Boozer breed from Alaska while collecting rebounds — and rock samples — for the Milwaukee Bucks."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Bragging Rights
    "The rest of the game was pretty good, too. The Blazers went on a 7-0 run late in the third, cutting the deficit to four. Detroit, who has had a habit of letting double-digit leads shrink in each of their home losses, responded with a 7-2 run to finish the quarter, highlighted by a Kyle Singler three in the last second to push the lead to nine. Detroit opened the fourth with threes from Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to make it a 13-point game. The contest never got closer than six after that."

    DIME: Why 39-Year-Old Jason Kidd Is So Important To The Knicks
    "The primary difference is one of leadership. Speciously, ‘Melo is the Knicks leader, but Kidd has the moxie and the big game experience to do all the little things necessary to put the Knicks in a place to succeed. Carmelo might carry their offense, but it’s Kidd that initiates it. Kidd will also – like he’s done throughout his Hall of Fame career – make the extra pass, or he’ll set up beyond the arc to space the floor. He has the second most three-pointers in history after struggling to hit the broadside of a barn earlier in his career, and his shooting accuracy (he’s sporting an effective field goal percentage of 75 percent from long range, per Hoopdata) has been instrumental in opening up the Knicks offense after it comes to a rest during Anthony’s head fake/jab step routine. Never was this more evident than in last night’s loss to the Nets."

    DIME: The Wizards Are Historically Awful, But Hope Still Exists
    "The Wizards’ defense has not been able to counterbalance that bad of an offense, but it is the reason this team could win before reaching the 2009-10 Nets’ 0-18 mark. If D.C.’s offense is even worse than we thought without Wall and Nene, its defense is surprisingly better, ranked eighth in efficiency. It’s in the top half of the league in opponent field-goal shooting, the top 10 in opponent three-point shooting, and forces the eighth-highest turnovers per game. Judging Washington’s defense against the seven other 0-12 teams isn’t much for high praise, but it should be noted the Wiz are holding opponents to the lowest field-goal percentage and second-lowest free-throw attempts among them."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Knick fans: In Portland what happened tonight is known as a "Feltdown." You may wish to keep that term handy for future reference."

    ESPN: What's the best NBA team rivalry right now?
    "Knicks-Nets. The NBA's current rivalries are so tame, I'll take this one on potential alone. Both teams have looked good so far and are trying to prove they belong in the upper echelon. Add the fight for fans in their shared city, and this one is more than hype."

    Sports Illustrated: Are Lakers leaving Gasol behind?
    "The scary part for Gasol (and the rest of the league) is this: The Lakers boast the NBA’s fourth-most-efficient offense. That’s with Gasol playing this ineffectively. That’s with Dwight Howard still not at 100 percent. That’s with Nash’s having played fewer than two full games before getting injured. In the past, Gasol was a top driver of L.A.’s offensive efficiency, not an obstacle, largely thanks to his versatile game and the dominating interior duo he formed with center Andrew Bynum. Now, they are succeeding in spite of him. For Gasol, this probably feels like a fork in the road. Just about anyone can shoot long twos at a 40 percent clip. That’s a totally replaceable contribution. A player of his stature is unaccustomed to feeling replaceable. If he’s not doing what he does well, then what’s going to keep him on the court?"

    Sports Illustrated: Give And Go: Early-season standouts and disappointments
    "here probably needs to be basketball law preventing me from choosing someone besides the guy nicknamed “Mini-LeBron,” but I’ll go with Nuggets power forward Kenneth “The Manimal” Faried, who also happens to have a great nickname, freakish athleticism and great numbers. Like Bledsoe, Faried was a steal late in the first round (No. 22 in 2011). Unlike Bledsoe, Faried entered the NBA with four years of college experience rather than the one-and-done route. As such, he enjoyed a solid role as a rookie, posting a very nice line of 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. His sophomore season has just been more, more, more. Even with Denver off to a somewhat rocky start, Faried has averaged 13.5 points and 11.3 rebounds. His player efficiency is among the league leaders at his position and he got some of the “he’s for real” validation by being named Western Conference Player of the Week recently, no easy feat as the 23-year-old, third-leading scorer on a non-marquee team."

    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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