Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Mike Barrett likes what he saw last night, and if Barrett was right about playing Dallas in the playoffs, Portland just might have a chance.
• Wendell Maxey says that the Mavericks did not look like contenders last night:
For the first time in a long time, the Mavs didn’t look like a team who could possibly give the Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money in Western Conference supremacy.
They looked like a team that couldn’t even run.
• Coup from Rip City Project thinks the Blazers played as a unit:
This wasn’t Portland’s masterpiece, but it is a great example of a team buying into what they had been practicing during a break between games. Many team’s will come into games after a lengthy layoff looking rusty and out of rhythm — the Blazers did just that last week — but tonight they looked prepared and cohesive.
This cohesiveness that Coup talks about is important, because it shows that Nate McMillan has the respect of his team. No one is tuning him out, instead they are buying in and executing even after a terrible (horrific really) stretch of basketball.
• Kelly Dwyer gets it:
On the other end, though it still bugs me that TV people don’t know that Portland is a very good offensive team despite its slow pace (and a rather average defensive team for the same reason), Portland just nailed shot after shot, and didn’t turn it over much themselves.
Right on KD, I just wish all basketball reporters and announcers had at least a passing familiarity with pace-adjusted basketball metrics.
• Ben Golliver from BlazersEdge breaks down the curious Paul Allen appearance from last night.
After issuing a terse press release before the game — one that covered the bare necessity basics and arrived 48 hours too late to be truly meaningful— Blazers Owner Paul Allen sat courtside last night, flanked by a lady friend and Vulcan Flunky #1A Bert Kolde. Kolde is pictured below celebrating the dramatic fourth quarter Blazers run by firing someone for absolutely no reason via text message. Neither Kevin Pritchard (no surprise) nor Larry Miller (in timeout?) accompanied Allen.
Plus, Golliver wants to know if Allen’s “Thundersticking” was legit or not. I voted for “Manufactured for TV. What better way to make a billionaire seem personable than a few inflatable banging devices?”
• Rob Mahoney over at TrueHoop Network sister blog The Two Man Game, thinks the Mavs just might have a “Blazer Complex.”
• Sheed from Bust a Bucket thinks that the win over the Mavs was one of the biggest wins of the year.
• Dwight Jaynes liked Camby’s aggressiveness, hated his jumper. There is a little Bayless hate at the end there too, however, Bayless is still much better than the player we drafted and traded for him.
• Casey Holdahl has a must read story on Nicolas Batum and coach Monty Williams. It would appear that Monty would agree with our discussion on Batum’s usage rate in yesterday’s Pick and Scroll.
• Bob Cooney of Philadelphia Daily News talks about Andre Miller and rebuilding teams vs contending teams.
• It appears the Cavaliers have an Ace up their sleeve. First Big Z goes through the revolving door and re-signs, and now this? I get the feeling that David Stern is going to have to step in at some point.
• The Onion takes a look at the pros and cons of John Wall.