Pick and Scroll, Cheer up duck Fans, there are Blazer games to be won

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • You know what always eases the pain after a tough loss Duck fans? Watching the Blazers beat the Knicks.
  • Joe Freeman of The Oregonian, checked out Blazer practice yesterday following the tough defeat to the Heat. Freeman asks Coach McMillan about the final play of regulation, the one that found a freezing cold Andre Miller taking the deciding shot(s) of the game.

“I thought Andre had a pretty decent look and it didn’t go down. The difference is you make that shot you win with no time on the clock and if you don’t, you gotta go into overtime and get it. So we had our go-to guys, the guys that we played off of in a two-man game.”

A designed high screen and roll is the usual play run by the Blazers at the end of regulation in a tight game, only this time the Blazers were without All-Star Brandon Roy initiating the offense. Obviously, the play is not as effective with an ice cold Miller running it.

  • In NBA non-news, Carmelo Anthony trade talks are getting ugly. Bruce Arthur of The National Post believes Carmelo Anthony has made some mistakes trying to force a trade.
  • John Hollinger of ESPN (Insider) discusses six good NBA teams that are flying under the radar; the Blazers are one of them.
  • Per your NBA D-League update, Antoine Walker is Killing it. Seventh Grade me is begging for him to be called up and let’s be honest, would it be worse than having Luke Babbitt on the bench? If not Walker, definitely this guy needs some consideration.
  • Because it’s a relatively slow news day concerning the Blazers, Here is a picture of Nate Robinson displaying his “3 goggles”. There is no more exclusivity with the goggles, and if I see Timofey Mozgov throw them up tonight, I am just going to snap.
  • Make sure to check out what TrueHoop Network sister site, Knickerblogger has to say about the game tonight.

Pick and Scroll, Blazers escape lone star state letdown

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related

  • Jason Quick of The Oregonian recaps an uncharacteristic come from behind victory for the Blazers last night in Houston. Even more unusual was the group that led the charge—Dante Cunningham, Patty Mills and Rudy Fernandez. At the risk of sounding too cynical, did anybody see that happening less than a week ago?
  • John Canzano wrote an article yesterday, and here’s a surprise: it spurred controversy. The article depicts the New Years Eve murder of Ruben Mata. The alleged shooter is Kevin Charles Moffett, a member of Hoop Family” , Zach Randolph’s crew when he played for Portland. While the story is obviously tragic, I’m not so sure it’s appropriate to lambast Zach Randolph for the actions of a friend, especially several years after he had been traded. To quote the famous Ezra Ace Caraeff, “My question is, how can Z-Bo shoot a basketball with so much blood on his hands?”
  • Wes Odonnell of The Bleacher Report offers his Ten biggest moves to save the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Sean Marks can exhale finally! Wednesday has come and gone, and therefore Sean Marks earned himself a guaranteed contract.
  • If you haven’t gotten your “3 goggles” t-shirts already, you’re too late. The limited edition t-shirts have sold out. But don’t fear, you can still annoy everyone you play rec ball with by throwing up the “3 goggles” after every made three pointer. I, however, still prefer The Walt Williams.
  • Tom Martin of Houston Rockets blog, Dreamshake compiles a long list of Rockets who screwed up last night.
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com did not like the coaching decision of Rick Adelman to go for a quick two and foul down three points with 13 seconds left in the game.
  • Also, make sure to check out our TrueHoop Network sister site, Red 94 if you’d like to see video of every single one of Kevin Martin’s made shots last night. No? Anybody?

Pick and Scroll, No time to lament after tough loss in Big D

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related

And then of course there were the drinks, cards and poker chips he abused in a hotel last November; losing to teammate Patty Mills in a card game called Bourré, then shoving the drinks and cards to the floor and the chips directly into Mills’ face.
Don’t worry, there was an apology shortly after.
“Yeah,” Mills said, “I apologized to him for winning.”

  • John Hollinger of ESPN (Insider), asks what should the Suns do? One scenario is that they Trade Steve Nash, possibly to Portland.
  • According to The Houston Chronicle, guard Aaron Brooks will be out tonight against the Blazers. Fresh off of signing his first guaranteed contract, rookie Ish Smith will receive more playing time in Brooks’ absence.
  • Mike Barrett over at his blog writes that last night’s game Slipped away from the Blazers in a familiar fashion. He mentions that the players were very down after the loss, and worries that the team may have difficulty getting over the loss in time for tonight’s game in Houston. I know that the Blazers better get over the loss quickly, because you can bet Houston wants to exact revenge from Sunday’s beat down in Portland.
  • In preparation for tonight’s game against Houston, make sure to check out what’s going on over at TrueHoop Network sister site Red 94.

Pick and Scroll, Texas Two-Step edition

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related

  • Rob Mahoney of the New York Times blog, Off the Dribble, writes that The Blazers are surviving through the uncertainty of Brandon Roy. Finally, Lamarcus Aldridge receives some much overdo national recognition for what he has become in Roy’s absence.
  • If you haven’t had the opportunity, make sure to read what Dr. Kelly Dwyer believes is the end of Brandon Roy. I think every Blazer fan realizes by now that meniscus doesn’t grow back, and although many Blazer fans may not want to admit it, Dwyer does bring up solid points and examples thoughout the article.
  • Mike Tokito of The Oregonian breaks down the upcoming road schedule for the Blazers, which includes games at Dallas, Houston and Minnesota before returning home to the Rose Garden.
  • Dirk Nowitzki, who has been out the last four games with a sprained right knee, will sit out again tonight according to ESPN. Also, according to ESPN Caron Butler underwent surgery this morning. Butler is believed to miss anywhere from 2 months to the remainder of the season.
  • Joel Przybilla on the other hand will play tonight according to Jason Quick. Przybilla is returning from a seven game stint on the inactive list due to a sprained left ankle.
  • John Hollinger at ESPN (Insider) Projects the rest of the NBA season, and has the Blazers finishing with the 6th best record in the West over the remainder of the season.
  • Henry Abbott of TrueHoop Network mother blog, reports that Paul Silas goes to bat for Lebron James’ “Decision”. Silas, who was fired as Lebron James’ coach in 2005, says that Lebron James did exactly what teams do—referring to Lebron not notifying the Cavaliers of his decision beforehand.
  • Also, make sure to read what Rob Mahoney—yep, same guy—has to say about the game tonight at our TrueHoop Network sister site, The Two Man Game.

Pick and Scroll, No Carmelo Anthony, no problem for Denver nuggets

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • Chris Broussard of the ESPN TrueHoop Network motherblog is reporting that Marcus Camby wants to stay in Portland. After hearing reports that he might be traded to Charlotte last week, Camby wasn’t happy and one source reports that he would retire if traded to a non-contender.
  • Building off of that topic, Sekou Smith of NBA.com Hangtime blog is intrigued at the thought of Marcus Camby playing in Orlando.
  • Jason Quick of The Oregonian provides his analysis of last night’s loss to Denver, including the Sloppy ending to the half in which the Nuggets scored 5 points in less than 2 seconds to take a seven point lead into the locker room.
  • Of course, if you haven’t seen it already Ben from Blazersedge provides Video and a Twitter response from JR Smith’s “3 goggles impression” from last night’s game. In all honesty it was only a matter of time before somebody mocked the Trail Blazers with this gesture, and fans shouldn’t get bent out of shape over the harmless trash talk.
  • The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito breaks down the next two Blazer opponents—Utah and Houston both games will be played at the Rose Garden. While the Blazers are undoubtedly thankful to be playing at home again (where they are 6-0 this month), the next two games will not be easy by any means .
  • As 2010 concludes it’s important to look back over the year and remember the good times the Blazers had. Jesse Price of Portland Trailblazers Examiner offers us The Portland Trail Blazers 2010 year-in-review.
  • Eric Freeman of Ball Don’t Lie reports that Coach Byron Scott thinks that NBA players need to try harder.

Pick and Scroll, After a hard fought win in Utah, it’s On to the Next one for the blazers

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • Joe Freeman of The Oregonian provides us with his game recap of “the biggest win of the season” last night in Utah. I am interested to see if the team can build off of last night’s win tonight against Denver or if the team will come out flat having used so much effort to pull out the victory in Utah.
  • Jason Quick also of The Oregonian reports that The Blazers took a hard look at themselves after the Christmas night loss. The team participated in a lengthy film session on Sunday, and judging by the results of last night’s victory, the team picked up on a few things.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie goes Behind the Box Score to tell us where Portland looked the strongest in the win at Utah.
  • The Blazers take on the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Pepsi Center, and it seems as if the Nuggets have had some trouble finishing out games as well.
  • I know I am a little late on the “Holiday Greetings” viral videos that Tonry posted on Friday, but I figured that given tonight’s opponent everyone should check this out.
  • As always, check out what’s going on with tonight’s competition at our TrueHoop Network sister site, the Roundball Mining Company.

Pick and Scroll, Updates on Brandon Roy and Trade Rumors

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • John Canzano of The Oregonian relates Brandon Roy’s recent setbacks to that of a middle-aged man.      

Roy said: “There are plays out there that I think I can make, and I’m getting ready to make a move on a guy, and I make that step.
“I can’t do that like I used to.”
Roy is 26. And right about now, I’m thinking every regular American who has played a pickup basketball game in which they discovered they couldn’t quite get to a loose ball like they used to or rebound as high can relate to Roy.



Pick and Scroll, Roy to sit out next three games—at least

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
Not much to report as the Trailblazers are on a mini-break, the teams next game coming in three days on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors. Still, on with the links:

  • Well, sadly, this year there wont be any of This to look forward to on Christmas.
  • The Godfather, Dwight Jaynes, switched over to CSNNW.com for his writing purposes, and is reporting what some of you might have heard last night on Trailblazers Courtside—Brandon Roy will miss the next 3 road games. While this news certainly isn’t surprising, it will be interesting to see how the team handles the challenging road trip without him.
  • Art Garcia of NBA.com believes that Resting Roy might be Blazers’ best bet for future. Agreeing with him is often injured NBA veteran Chris Webber:

“I don’t think Portland has the slightest of chances to win the championship,” said Webber, a former All-Star and current analyst for NBA TV. “I wish he would take the rest of the year off and get healthy. I think it would be a better investment for the Portland team because there are no guarantees. If you’re not going to win this year, then what are you guaranteeing?
“You’re guaranteeing that you’re still damaging his hurt areas. That’s all you’re guaranteeing.”

  • Dave at Blazersedge checks in on his expectations 1/3rd the way through the season. Spoiler alert: Many of them are not being met.
  • Did you know that last year the Trailblazers were the Most efficient team in the league? Well, DJ at the Wages of Wins Journal breaks down the most efficient teams this year—accounting for payroll and final projected wins at the end of the season.
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus shares with us his thoughts on building a championship team. Pelton cites recent promising teams like the mid 2000’s “baby” Chicago Bulls, as well as the 2002-2003 Los Angeles Clippers as examples of teams with high expectations, that ultimately fell short.

Pick and Scroll, All Aboard!

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman provides his analysis on The arrival of Lamarcus Aldridge, and of course his thoughts on last night’s surprisingly easy victory.
  • Also from The Oregonian, Mike Tokito points out that the loss of Brandon Jennings is no excuse for the lack of effort and energy the Buck’s displayed last night.
  • Mike Tokito, obviously with the intention of getting me to link as many of his articles as possible, has another piece breaking down the Blazer’s next three opponents. It is fair to say that the Blazers next three games will be more challenging than the three they previously played.
  • Ben from Blazersedge provides his Media Row Report from last night’s victory. Included in his notes—some uninspiring thoughts on Luke Babbitt and This Tweet from Blazer’s owner Paul Allen.
  • Henry Abbott of TrueHoop Network motherblog discuses some of his NBA Trade Ideas you’ll hate. His idea for the Trailblazers? A trade with the Chicago Bulls to get Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. I would love to read some reactions to that one in the comments section.
  • In his blog Mike Barrett congratulates Lamarcus 2.0 and Rudy Fernandez on their recent play, but also challenges them to continue it as other players return from injury.
  • Lamarcus’ posterizing dunk on Andrew Bogut comes in at #4 on NBA.COM’s Monday top 10.
  • Also, please enjoy This Headline from a Melbourne, Australia newspaper.
  • Jeremy Schmidt of TrueHoop sister site, Bucksketball (clever), wants to know without Brandon Jennings Who are the Bucks?

Pick and Scroll, Inspired Effort By Aldridge not enough

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Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.

  • Jason Quick of The Oregonian provides us with his Game Recap as well as a glimpse into the frustrated Blazer locker room.

I’m frustrated with what I’m going through,” said Roy, 26. “When you hope to have a long career, these are moments you go through. Hopefully, this is just a period I’m going to go through and be able to look back and be like ‘that was tough but I got through it.’ This is something I’m trying to put behind me. It’s not an overnight thing, but I think eventually I will be able to.”

You can only hope that Roy has a more positive outlook on his future than most Blazer fans do at this point.

  • Also from The Oregonian, John Canzano is ready to throw dirt on this Blazer era. Channeling memories of the departure of Arvydas Sabonis, Canzano once again calls for the Trailblazer front office to take bold action.
  • Dwight Jaynes, believes there is something wrong with Brandon Roy beyond his physical limitations—He misses his friends. While I agree that Roy misses playing alongside the likes of Outlaw, Webster and Blake, I don’t think he is shutting down because of it .
  • Mike Tokito of The Oregonian tells us who’s up next for the Blazers. Home games against Minnesota, Golden State and Milwaukee—all games the Blazers should expect to win.
  • Wendell Maxey of Beyond the Beat took away something positive from last night’s tough loss—The play of Nic Batum.
  • Mike Acker of Rip City Project provides us with his game recap and notes from last night. He points out something that I noticed as well while watching the game on ESPN. The announcers, and more specifically Hubie Brown and Jon Barry were openly cheering for the Trailblazers. It was as if the Blazers had become such big underdogs that the thought of them pulling an upset over Dallas was monumental—-it felt somewhat patronizing.
  • Ben over at Blazersedge informs us on What’s up with Luke Babbitt?
  • Once rated as highly as Number 1 in ESPN’s NBA Future Power Rankings, the Trailblazers have fallen to 13th (Insider).
  • Rob Mahoney of TrueHoop Network sister site, The Two Man Game, offers his reflections of the game last night.