Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• TrueHoop, or as we call it “The Mother Blog,” has yesterday's game covered. John Hollinger chronicles last night's thriller:
All Tony Parker could do was sit and watch. Marooned at the scorer's table while he waited for a whistle to get him back in the game, he saw the clock tick inside 4 minutes ... and 3 ... and 2 ... while a six-point San Antonio lead turned into a dispiriting 96-93 defeat to Portland.
• Henry Abbot breaks down a masterful play drawn up by Popovich.
• Brian T. Smith says that Aldridge is succeeding in the face of criticism.
• Ben Golliver from BlazersEdge recaps the game and calls Tim Duncan a robot.
• Aldridge’s 28 point 13 rebound performance was Best of the Night on ESPN's Daily Dime.
• Seth Johnson from BustaBucket talks about the uncertainty in the offense without Roy and playing with heart.
Then in the fourth quarter, as we’ve seen over and over again regardless of which Blazers are on the floor, this team refused to quit. I used to accept the “too young to know better” line, but there is more to Portland’s drive than naiveté. Heart is ingrained into this team’s culture. They kept working and while the shots were there for San Antonio all night, eventually the Spurs started missing.
• Mike Barrett says if this season was submitted as a Hollywood script, you'd have had it thrown back in your face. Well, that’s probably because teams in Hollywood scripts typically win the championship and whatnot… regardless, this team has shown a lot of heart and grit and other euphemisms for just “not giving up.” No matter how this season ends, playoffs or no, this Blazers team has shown us all something. Racked with injuries, they has given the city of Portland something to be proud of.
Webster has had big moments in his Blazers career -- a game-winning three against New Orleans in his rookie year and a 24-point quarter against Utah two seasons ago. But Thursday's shot, in the heat of a developing playoff race, in front of a national TNT audience, with an arena ready to burst, had to be his biggest moment.
• J.E. Skeets of The Basketball Jones thinks Popovich blew it.
• Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express News talks about San Antonio's frustrating loss.
• Wayne Vore, of Pounding the Rock is depressed.
• TrueHoop network sister blog 48 Minutes of Hell laments the lack of fourth quarter execution:
The Spurs had their chances. They had the game by the throat but were unable to finish the chokehold. That’s the difference between this team and former Spurs teams.
• Casey Holdahl wants us to know that Nic Batum has "cool swagger."