Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
Mike Barrett says that it wasn’t the missed Bayless jumper that killed Portland, it was a lack of endgame execution.
"We can dwell on the final two minutes of the game, but it was the (sic) from 3:26 to 2:02 that was the most concerning. It was in that span that the Hornets erased Portland's 8-point lead and tied the game at 96-96. It was Chris Paul being Chris Paul, and the Blazers coming up empty on several huge possessions."
Wendell Maxey blames it all on "slippage". Also, which one of you was heckling Nate to put Bayless in?
The Rip City Project laments a loss on BlazersEdge night. By the way, Dave and Ben sent over 400 kids to the game last night on donations from Trail Blazers fans from around the world. Give yourselves a pat on the back Blazer Nation, between $65,000 for Haiti and acts of kindness like donating supplies to a burned down school, or raising money to help the family of a young man who was struck by a car, Blazer fans have shown great generosity in spite of tough economic times.
Jason Quick with this vote of confidence in Bayless by Rudy Fernandez: "…But I think Bayless had a good shot tonight, and although he didn't make it tonight, but he wins the game probably next time."
Apparently, the Mavs are interested in Petteri Koponen, one of Portland’s First Rounders stashed over in Europe. With Blake, Miller, Bayless, and Mills manning the point in Portland, will there even be room to bring Koponen over? You never know when a trade might thin a position, but between Koponen, Claver, and Freeland, Portland has a combo guard, a swingman, and a big tucked safely away for a rainy day.
According to HoopData, last night the Blazers were TERRIBLE in the mid-range, but great at the rim and from three.
And finally, Joe Freeman covers the return of Nicolas Batum:
"Nicolas Batum returned. And despite missing three months and 45 games recovering from surgery on his right shoulder, the second-year forward flashed glimpses of being a second-half difference-maker during his 10 minutes, 23 seconds of play."