Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Dwight Jaynes suggests we move on from last night’s debacle. That’s great, maybe Marcus Camby can lend me some of the $20-plus million dollars that weighed him down (2-10 from the field), so I can buy something to wash this terrible taste from my mouth. Gin is always nice.
• Jason Quick of The Oregonian recaps the game and reports that Nicolas Batum has injured his shoulder and will be getting an MRI. Of course he did. Joe Freeman takes a closer look. Batum is “optimistic” and Webster is in denial. We’re more realistic: Batum is going to get his shoulder stuck in the MRI machine, which will then start on fire and burn down the Rose Garden.
• SJ from Rip City Project doesn’t think that last night’s loss was a momentum shifting game:
Phoenix did not get an extra win in their column for winning by 29. It’s 1-1 with plenty of basketball to be played, except now it’s in the Rose City.
• Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic says now Phoenix knows what is coming.
• Rob Mahoney of TrueHoop Network sister site Hardwood Paroxysm agrees with Bickley, and expounds on the notion of “the reveal” through the metaphor of Ridley Scott’s Alien vs. James Cameron’s Aliens. I don’t know about you, but for me, the mental image of Nate McMillan’s face bursting through some ill-fated crew member’s chest was far (far) more disturbing than Ridley Scott’s iconic scene.
• Dave Deckard of BlazersEdge says that now it’s a best of five series that starts in the Rose Garden.
• Kevin Pelton takes a look at the adjustments the Phoenix Suns made on defense, in addition to putting up the most efficent offensive performance of the postseason thus far.
• Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian floats the idea that perhaps Martell Webster should start in place of some Spanish guy who allegedly plays for Portland. I don’t know about you, but I have not seen any proof in the post-season that this “Rudy Fernandez” character even exists. I think he was just a rental for the regular season.
• So what is it that Phoenix did to hurt Portland last night? Why not saunter on over to Synergy Sports and take a look for yourself? As I’m sure you’ve heard, Synergy Sports has created a version of their incredible video and statistical analysis database for general consumption. For a small monthly fee, even Bill Simmons could (eventually) become a knowledgeable basketball pundit. Do you want to see what sort of defensive attention Greg Oden receives in the low post compared to LaMarcus Aldridge? You can bring up every post play to see who commanded double teams and what each player should improve to become more effective. Are you a numbers junkie? Synergy has stats right there so you can see how many points per possession were scored off a given play type, be it spot-up, transition, P&R (ball handler and roll man), isolation, post-up, cut, off screens, offensive rebounds, and more. Don’t like numbers and want to see it with your own eyes? Watch the video of each and every play type and come to your own conclusions. This is a new and powerful tool that basketball fans would have killed for back in the day where the most advanced statistics were found on the back of an Upper Deck player card. The PRS team been testing the system for them the past few weeks and it already has ruined all of our respective relationships. It’s that good.