Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
The season is not lost. Nicolas Batum’s knee will be ok.
Deep breath. Sigh.
Batum will be absent from tonight’s game against the Charlotte MJ’s 9-Loss Streakers Bobcats. The Blazers will be alright. Gerald Wallace’s motivation to beat his former team should be enough for a frail Charlotte squad.
- Here’s your Batum update from The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito. Tokito said, “A magnetic imaging resolution Tuesday showed Batum has a bone contusion.” Rejoice!
- The O has your preview for tonight’s non-conference matchup against the Bobcats. Not a reader? Here’s all you need to know: The Bobcats are 3-19.
- The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell previews the game too. Bonnell’s match-up to watch will be Gerald Wallace and Tyrus Thomas.
- Truehoop Network sister site QueenCityHoops.com conducted an in-house 3-on-3 preview for tonight’s game. Kudos to Bryan Wendland on his gem of a response when asked what the Bobcats needed to focus on tonight; “DEFENSE! I would say getting bigger and stronger so Lamarcus Aldridge doesn’t go ham in the paint, but that’s not going to happen overnight,” he said. Go ham LA, go ham.
- The Onion has the NBA’s latest ploy to make a buck; NBA Nights! If the David Stern muggin’ in a trench coat for the show’s banner doesn’t do it for you:
NBA Nights will reportedly feature a broad, constantly revolving cast of characters, with weekly episodes showcasing every franchise in the league: Emeka Okafor pursues zombies in New Orleans, Andrew Bogut and Mike Dunleavy battle thawed-out vikings in Milwaukee, and Kobe and his Lakers teammates realize the entire Los Angeles crowd is a swarm of soul-eating demons. However, the NBA is promising a larger, deeper story will unfold as the season goes on.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.