Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman proposes that after one game into a seven-game road trip, the Blazers ship may be sinking after their 106-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gerald Wallace didn’t dispute the thought:
“Yeah,” Wallace said, when asked if it felt like he was aboard a sinking ship. “And it can sink real fast on this road trip. This was one of those must-win games for us … We’ve got to improve, we got to get better.
- Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune offers his ordinary, unexpected and inconceivable story lines stemming from Minnesota’s victory last night.
The ordinary: Kevin Love’s 29-point, 16-rebound evening that seemed routine in comparison to Saturday’s 42-point game at Portland and Monday’s 39 against the Clippers.
The unexpected: A kid in the crowd that clamors for autographs when the Wolves leave the court at halftime turned toward a buddy after players had hurried past and wondered aloud if he had missed Wes Johnson, the second-year Wolves swingman who had been all but forgotten this season until he produced a season-high 19 points.
And the inconceivable, at least until not all that long ago: If the season ended Wednesday night, the Wolves would be in the playoffs.
- With eight losses in the last 12 games, thoughts toward the future start budding. Guard Elliot Williams minutes have increased lately, and Freeman back at the O says the young player movement may have begun. Somebody start working on Williams’ nickname.
In recent weeks, Williams has separated himself from his peers on the court, revealing the high-flying hops, in-your-face defense and aggressiveness that NBA scouts projected he possessed entering the 2010 NBA draft. But it didn’t come together overnight. Williams, like the rest of his young teammates, has been working all season for this moment.
- With trade rumors flung around more recklessly than Jeremy Lin puns, the Onion offers their insight into just who could actually be traded: Anyone, anywhere.
- There may be a new superstar taking his talents to South Beach, and no, it’s not a Jersey Shore cast member. Peyton Manning has the blessing of, who else, The Decision maker himself, LeBron James.
- The ‘Sheed tease continues. This time he worked out for the Miami Heat, according to some sources from sources, said sources. Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson had the story.
- Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011-12 Washington Wizards!
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