Same story, different road game.
At home, Portland joins the ranks of Chicago, Oklahoma City, Indiana and San Antonio as the only teams with one loss. The difference between those teams and Rip City? All of them except San Antonio dons a winning record on the road. San Antonio has an abysmal road record, which is still one game better than the Blazers’.
Portlandia sits under Orlando and Utah in the league-wide standings, and above Memphis and Houston. Do any of those teams appear to be a daunting match-up for the Blazers at home? No. On the road, I wouldn’t pile onto my student-loan-debt to bet on it.
- Breaking: Greg Oden to have additional knee surgery to remove debris from his knee.
- Joe Freeman of The Oregonian searches for answers to the Blazers’ road struggles. Nate McMillian says it’s his own team’s focus that’s costing them games, “It’s not what these teams are doing. We’re just self-destructing down the stretch.” This has been the case in road games against Houston, Golden State, and Utah. Paul Allen needs to put more incentive laden stipulations in contracts for winning road games.
- And since we can never get enough Freeman, here’s his look into LaMarcus Aldridge’s All-Star campaign. Inside the piece, Raymond Felton claims he’s willing to get a fine if the L-Train is snubbed. That’s unnecessary Ray. How about hitting a few threes?
- Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee attributes the Kings’ success to the return of Marcus Thornton. Coach Keith Smart told the Bee “his team lacked some savvy without Thornton.”
- The fellas over at Truehoop Network sister site CowbellKingdom their press box report after last night’s game.
- In case you missed the annoucement last night, here’s your 2012 NBA All-Star starters.
- Bill Simmons(for Grantland.com) finishes his 20 questions about the NBA season up to this point. He also teases the possibility of a Nash-to-Portland scenario:
But what if the Blazers offered Raymond Felton, Nic Batum (whom they just passed on extending) and $3 million for Nash, with the wink-wink caveat that Phoenix then had to buy out his buddy Grant Hill’s contract so Hill could sign with Portland? Could you go to war in the 2012 playoffs with LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Marcus Camby, Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford, Hill, Kurt Thomas, Craig Smith and a rejuvenated-by-the-Pacific Northwest-and-a-title-shot-and-Rip City Steve Nash? Hell yeah! I haven’t been this excited for a fake trade in years. Naturally, that means it won’t happen.
- The crew over at CBS’ Eye on Basketball blog compile their favorite dunks of all time. “LeBron James with no regard for human life,” has to be the all time best play-by-play call. Which makes me wonder, what do I have to write for my editor to exclaim “ERIK ANDERSON WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!” … Don’t answer that.
- And finally in one of the finer pieces of journalism to emerge lately, a Los Angeles Times reporter get’s Metta World Peace’s thoughts on roaches. Yep, roaches.