Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Mike Barrett on the futility of the Pacers not named Granger:
If you would have told me before the game that Danny Granger would end with 30 points, and Portland would shoot just 43 percent, I would have been concerned. But, neither of those numbers really played into anything in this one. It was too much Brandon and LaMarcus, and solid play out of the second unit that gave Portland this easy win.
• Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian reports that Juwan Howard now leads the league in headlocks flagrant fouls:
“I just don’t want to give up layups. I’m from the old school. We don’t give up layups,” Howard said. “When I first came into the league, that’s how I was introduced to the game. Guys would foul me hard. Sure enough, you had to go back on the other end and reciprocate that.”
• Along that vein, Joel Przybilla got a couple votes for “dirtiest player.” Apparently, Tyson Chandler and Shaq got to stuff the ballot box.
• Standing in for Joel as the Blazer-you-don’t-punk is Jeff Pendergraph. Wendell Maxey has the down low on Pendergraph’s altercation with Roy Hibbert:
“I met him at halfcourt and told him to hit me again and he started laughing. He thought that (stuff) was funny. I told him to hit me again. He said, ‘let’s do it then’. But as soon as I heard a whistle, I backed up.”
• Basketbawful has a great picture from last night’s game. Make sure to catch the expressions on the faces of the Blazer coaching staff.
• Dwight Jaynes thinks we should raise expectations again. I’m pretty sure Jaynes just wants to raise expectations so he can rail against McMillan for not getting the job done. Regardless, I’d like to point out that having a healthy Greg Oden and a health Joel Przybilla is quite a bit better than having Marcus Camby.
• Check TrueHoop Network sister blog Eight Points, Nine Seconds for the Indy side of the story. Now typically, here is where I would make a joke about Indiana Jones and Pendergraph’s reptilian nickname and the whole “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” thing. But you know what? No, I won’t do it. At some point a writer has to have some journalistic integrity and stand up and refuse to promulgate a terrible nickname.
• Ooooh! HoopData has more pretty charts! This one has team stats like Dean Oliver’s Four Factors and Pace.
• Kevin Pelton does a fantastic job of breaking down the summer of 2010, answering questions about the value of cap space or a chance at a top draft pick.
• Of course Kevin McHale has a few cautionary words about cap space. That’s right folks, Kevin McHale doling out advice to other GM’s. Has a pot ever been so black?
• Jerryd Bayless wants you to stand up and be counted. Remember, the more people that respond to the census, the bigger a slice of the four trillion dollar pie Oregon gets.