Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Brandon Roy will be getting a “Thank You” note from both David Lee’s chiropractor and his therapist. First, Roy nearly decapitates Lee with an elbow to the neck and then adds insult to injury with a vicious one handed jam. While not the career-ender over Cheikh Samb, it does probably have a place in Roy’s top ten dunks. I have a feeling that list will only improve over time.
• Wendell Maxey reports that Mike D’Antoni likes McMillan for Coach of the Year. D’Antoni himself is unlikely to receive any COY votes from TrueHoop Network sister blog Knickerblogger, who is breaking down a three part series on “ways D’Antoni has disappointed David Crockett,” which reminds me of the airing of grievances.
• The Oregonian’s Jason Quick reports that while the Blazers are excited to have clenched a playoff berth, they are taking an all-business attitude and looking forward to trying to ruin someone’s day in the playoffs:
“We could have easily tanked it and said we don’t have this player, we don’t have that player, but it has shown the true test of character for every guy in this locker room,” said Juwan Howard, whose fill-in play at center prompted many on the team to call him the Blazers’ most valuable player. “Yes, we are excited and happy that we have achieved the playoffs, but our work is not done.”
• Dave Deckard from BlazersEdge gives the Knicks a DNP, and Ben Golliver points out that Blaze the Trail Cat outscored McGrady. To Blaze’s credit, even a trampoline wouldn’t have helped McGrady last night.
• Our similarly nomenclature TrueHoop Network sister blog Roundball Mining Company takes a look at Denver’s remaining schedule and has this to say about tonight’s game:
Portland comes to town Thursday playing their fifth game in eight days. Wednesday they bombed the Knicks, but still have to travel for the fifth straight game. Denver has been sitting at home since Monday night dwelling on how badly they have sucked for the past week. If we do not get a big effort from the Nuggets against Portland, it will be very bad news. I think the result is a win for Denver.
• Kevin Pelton says that this rookie class may have been the best PG class ever, and Ricky Rubio isn’t even here yet. I hope Pelton factored in the 25 career minutes of one Patty Mills as well.