Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• John Hollinger reported yesterday that the Lakers wouldn’t want to face Portland in the playoffs. However, with last night’s loss., the West playoff race is beginning to become clear. Unfortunately for the Blazers’ hopes of advancing past the first round, it looks like Portland may end up facing the Utah Jazz. However, long term it may be good for Portland to have a playoff series against a team it has trouble with. The Blazers have to learn to beat teams like the Jazz and Nuggets if there is to be any hope of winning a championship down the road.
• Mike Barrett says that the Nuggets needed this win and the Blazers were exhausted. I will say that since Seattle is no longer an NBA city, Portland has pretty much the worst travel schedule in the league. The NBA should perhaps consider a divisional realignment. It might make divisions actually mean something again.
• The Oregonian’s Jason Quick reports that while the Nuggets, Lakers, and Jazz are the opponents Portland would like to avoid, McMillan thinks the Nuggets are beatable:
“I think we can play with this team,” McMillan said. “I think we can beat this team. We have beaten this team. But we have to play on both ends of the floor. We have to score. Tonight we didn’t shoot the ball well. We didn’t play well the first half but we’re only down a point.”
• Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian belives the Blazers shouldn’t have a “defeatist attitude”
(T)he Blazers are capable of winning a series against any of those teams. It will be tough to win, but any playoff series is going to be difficult, unless the opponent is say, Toronto. So, maybe the Blazers should stop talking like they’re scared of the Lakers, Jazz, Nuggets or any other team and simply carry a winning mindset, no matter their opponent.
• The NY Daily News is reporting that Marcus Camby is interested in becoming a New York Knick again. Know what the worst part of being a Knick is? Not being able to play, and beat, the Knicks twice a year. That, and just about everything else.
• By the way, Dave Deckard from BlazersEdge agrees that Chris Andersen needs to shave. Look, I’m sporting a short beard and moustache combo myself at the moment; however, my facial hair doesn’t make me look like a Chris Kamman’s creepy wingman. C’mon Birdman, you’ve got enough money to put some color on that thing. In fact, a huge, red Viking Moustache would be awesome. Perhaps the waxed Rollie Fingers look?
• Speaking of Andersen, the Blogfather Henry Abbott goes beyond the call of duty to solve the mystery of the Birdman and the gold from the sky.