Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
At home, the Blazers are hungry. Especially Gerald Wallace, who has consistently brought the energy and fed off opponents lethargy. This is old news though and after munching on the Charlotte Bobcats for a 44-point 112-68 victory, the Blazers have only one thing left to prove.
Can they bring it on the road? It’s been the same question all season long, and it’s growing old to rephrase the same question while trying to find a unique perspective on it.
I’ll leave it to LaMarcus Aldridge to summarize it best:
@aldridge_12: Have to play like that on the road.
- From yesterday: Truehoop’s Henry Abbott weighs the likelihood of LaMarcus Aldridge making the All-Star Game.
The biggest challenge to Aldridge’s candidacy isn’t that the coaches, who pick the reserves, don’t respect his game. It’s that his competition is mighty. The West team can accommodate only so many forwards — six made it last year. In addition to Aldridge, the list includes Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and Paul Millsap.
- Unsurprisingly, Wallace had a big game against his former team. But, as Joe Freeman of the Oregonian writes, the play from Raymond Felton equally influenced the game. “Felton established the tone for the Blazers’ dominant victory from the beginning, harassing rookie point guard Kemba Walker on defense, pushing the pace relentlessly on offense and generating easy scoring chances for the Blazers,” Freeman said.
- Also from the O, Mike Tokito saw last night’s win as a rare opportunity for Aldridge to get some rest. Aldridge welcomed the rest telling Tokito, “I don’t think I’ve played 26 minutes since my first year in the league,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be big.”
- The Charlotte Bobcats’ loss marked their 10th in a row last night. Anne Peterson of the Charlotte Observer writes that “The Bobcats’ losing streak is their longest since an 11-game slide from November 2007 to early January 2008.”
- Over at Truehoop Network siter site QueenCityHoops in a quick recap, the crew wonders if Charlotte has hit rock bottem.
- Most people like appearing in nationally televised games. Rick Carlisle isn’t one of those people and took the futbol approach out.
- Ira Winderman for the Sun Sentinel reports that LeBron James might finally enter the dunk contest this year. In related news: Brett Favre might play football next year too.
- Hater of the day: Kevin Durant. Durant dismissed Blake Griffen’s baptism of Kendrick Perkins calling it nothing more than a lay-in.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.