Nathan Begley | Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 12:32PM
Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- Tonight against Memphis, the Trail Blazers have a chance to clinch the sixth seed. Chip Crain at TrueHoop Network sister site Three Shades of Blue offers his take on the positional matchups in an alternate universe where Mike Conley has a positional advantage over Andre Miller. If I have to eat those words, at least it’ll be with a side of Memphis bbq sauce.
- As you’ve seen below, PRS’s own Andrew Tonry guest starred in ESPN’s 5-on-5 including thoughts on playoff matchups. With apologies to Mike Kurylo of THN sister site KnickerBlogger, the Blazer’s season-long point differential is virtually meaningless when considering both injuries and recent additions. Post All-Star Break, Portland’s differential has actually been 3.9 points, and according to Hollinger’s stats, over the last 25% of games Portland has played, they have racked up an impressive +6.05 point differential, good for 5th best in the league over the same time frame.
- Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy tweets that the Trail Blazers have signed Center Earl Barron to fill out the roster. The Oregonian’s Jason Quick gives Blazer fans a quick overview of Barron’s history. Welcome Earl, knee braces are in the bin to the left.
- Mike Tokito has Today’s NBA High-5, featuring a reason for Blazers’ fans to pull for the Lakers to win.
- Also at The O. Joel Odom gives a breakdown of all the hypothetical playoff matchups. With two games to go, the Western conference is in as tight a positional race as ever.
- At 95.5 The Game, John Canzano interviews Andre Miller about playoffs, the Lakers, and shopping for groceries.
- The Columbian’s Matt Calkins asks what does “success” mean for the Trail Blazers?
- Sports Illustrated’s Britt Robson grades the league for the regular season, team-by-team, and gives the Portland Trail Blazers an “A-“.
- ESPN’s staff gives LaMarcus Aldridge a little most improved player award recognition, but the love goes to, well… Love.
- Via THN sister site Daily Thunder: Remember when the little girl that forgot the lyrics to the National Anthem and Mo Cheeks walked out to center court to help her? Well Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh gave her a “Web Redemption” (PG13)