Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• When the Blazers work a back-to-back, so do we. Portland Roundball Society has last night’s recap right here (complete with modern art). Want to forget last night ever happened and move on to the Spurs game? We've got that covered too.
• Coup from Rip City Project gives Aldridge some love for his physical play last night:
27-12-5 with 15 free-throw attempts out of LaMarcus Aldridge has to impress even the most stubborn haters among you. He was physical in his own right, getting his body on guys to secure boards, drawing contact and running the floor. He looked like a player who knew that without him, the team would get utterly destroyed by Utah’s bigs. That happened regardless, but Aldridge at least gave Portland a true four-quarter lifespan. This was the Aldridge you want to see someday in a tough playoff series.
• Joe Freeman reports that Batum and Bayless are banged up, but OK. Whew, I know I’m not the only one who cringes at the slightest hard fall or injury these days.
• Blaze of Love has video evidence: Bayless double clutches and rocks the rim, Cunningham erases that weak sauce.
• Speaking of which, that Bayless dunk was the Sprite NBA dunk of the night.
• Jason Quick says last night, and maybe this season, the Jazz are the better team.
Utah has now shot over 60% against Portland in each of the three games this season, a truly astonishing statistic that can't just be blamed on "hot shooting."
The Blazers have been able to cover for the losses of Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden against some teams. But, the Jazz have constructed a blue print for how to attack Portland- that being, attack the rim.
• Kelly Dwyer had this to say:
It wasn't so much that the Jazz couldn't miss; it was the Blazers just couldn't get to Utah. Just couldn't stop them. Could keep up with the penetration, sure, but mainly they couldn't handle the passing. Utah just had its way.
• Ben from BlazersEdge has an in-depth analysis of Martell Webster’s minutes and Coach MacMillan’s tough predicament.
The question facing Nate McMillan: How do I reincorporate a ridiculously promising Nicolas Batum into my rotation while still hanging on to as much of the career-best production I've been receiving from Martell Webster?
• San Antonio is my current stomping grounds while I’m in law school. I find a strange kinship between the Spurs and Blazers as both are small market teams, Kevin Pritchard and Monty Williams are both former members of the Spurs organization, plus Nicolas Batum was reportedly targeted by the Spurs before the Blazers and Rockets traded picks allowing Portland to draft him just before the Spurs selected. Both cities are one sport towns with fanatical and devoted fan bases, and both cities have a strong distaste for the Lakers. The biggest difference between the two cities? San Antonians (and Texans in general) have no clue how to drive in this foreign substance we in Oregon call “rain."
• Casey Holdahl reports that Paul Allen is feeling much better. Get well soon Mr. Allen, we’re all supporting you in your battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.