Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
I may or may not have been more emotional than Debbie(above) after the Trail Blazers snapping of their three game losing streak against the New Orleans Hornets.
I’m sorry, I just really love wins.
- For a quick recap of last night’s game, check out Truehoop network sister site hornets24/7’s take.
- The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman saw LaMarcus Aldridge’s halftime speech and inspired second half play as the catalyst for last afternoon’s victory.
“I felt like we just needed to talk,” Aldridge told The Oregonian. “I felt like we were all thinking too much. I brought them together and said, ‘Just go play. Let’s all go play for each other.’ And we did.”
- John Reid of The Times Picayune focuses on Chris Kaman’s postgame body language as a metaphor for the Hornets overall interior play. “Despite shooting 40.5 percent, Portland took a 37-35 halftime lead. The rest of the way, Portland hammered the Hornets inside, taking advantage of its athleticism and superior depth,” said Reid.
- Jason Quick at The Oregonian examines the Blazers’ guard play up until this point in the young season.
So far this season, if Felton and Crawford aren’t turning the ball over in bunches, they are missing shots like a fan during a timeout promotion. And if they are protecting the ball during the first three quarters of the game, they are coughing it up in crunch time. Throw in the recent shooting struggles of Wesley Matthews, and you have a trio of guards who have been unreliable.
And guess what? Buckle your seat belts, because these are the guys who are going to be driving this ride for the rest of the season.
- Sekou Smith over at NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog offers some further insight to the Blazers’ sellout streak being in jeopardy. Smith does see the streak continuing saying, “if I had to break the piggy bank here at the hideout and put some money on any one fan base rising up and making sure their sellout streak continues, I’m going with the folks in Rip City!”
- Dwight Howard has added another team to his wish list for trade destinations. Sheridanhoops.com reports that Howard would be content landing with the Los Angeles Clippers. “He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source to Sheridanhoops.
- From CBS’ Eye on Basketball Blog: How To Get Benched in D.C.
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