Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
Portland headed into the break with a disarming feel-good victory over a San Antonio Spurs team that rested all of their star players. At the time, the victory provided some reassurance to an otherwise disappointing few weeks heading into the all-star game.
Rip City had lost seven of its 13 games in February, including four home losses highlighted by a soul-sucking 124-109 loss to the Washington Wizards (now 7-29). The home losses in particular, were out of the ordinary for a team that couldn’t lose at home early in the season.
Now, in the next chapter of the season, any victory feels like a gift delivered from David Stern himself. Raymond Felton hasn’t been the answer at point guard, so much so he was demoted to a bench role against the Spurs (and he played quite well). Jamal Crawford relished the opportunity as a starter, but to what avail? It’s common knowledge he can create his own shot, and if he’s hot one night, great. But the hot streaks are few and far between. Granted, the Crawford starting sample is small, but the future isn’t in a 31-year-old jump shooter.
Crawford should be getting another start at the point tonight at Denver in the Pepsi Center against the Nuggets. The Blazers haven’t had much success in Denver, losing their last six games there. With a new portion of the season getting under way, it’s time for the Blazers to find consistency and get back to their early season form.
Quick links from relevant Blazers news over the all-star break:
- The Oregonian’s sports crew has a quick preview for tonight’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets.
- If you haven’t heard by now, Brandon Roy may be attempting a comeback. He wouldn’t be able to resign with the Blazers until his orginal contract expired after the 2014-2015 season. Joe Freeman at the O reports that the Trail Blazers are shocked of the news.
- The Vanilla Gorilla, Joel Przybilla is back in Portlandia. Freeman, again for the O, says Pryzbilla will be held out of action tonight, and possibly the next game.
- Of course, the addition of one palyer means the releasal of another. The man getting the axe was Armon Johnson. Rob Mahoney for NBC Sports talks about the move.
- LaMarcus Aldridge made his all-star debut on Sunday. The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito recapped his limited playing time.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.