Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- Mock Talk: Chad Ford’s latest Mock Draft has the Blazers selecting point guard Damian Lillard out of Weber State at No. 7 (courtesy of the New Jersey Nets) and selecting Perry Jones III out of Baylor with the No. 11 pick.
- Yeah, the Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 118-110, but so what? Did you see J.J. Hickson put in work (at least, offensively). Mike Tokito at the Oregonian did.
- Joe Freeman from the Oregonian looks at the good news along with the bad news from last night’s game. The good news, of course, being the offensive brilliance (who needs defense anyways, right coach?) displayed by the Blazers. The bad news being the “news” on LaMarcus Aldridge’s ailing hip.
Aldridge visited Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday in search of a third medical opinion, and the outcome was not good. Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed an “abnormality” in Aldridge’s hip, and he did not play against the Warriors. Officially, the team has labeled Aldridge’s status as day-to-day, but it seems more and more possible he played his last game of the season Monday night during the Blazers’ loss to the Houston Rockets.
- Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune’s take on last night’s action. Jamal Crawford imagined more games like that when he first came to the Blazers. Yes, I too envisioned Crawford averaging 30 ppg on the season. Sigh, oh well.
- Kris Anderson of the Portland Tribune says Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet have not been impressing so far. I can’t find video of this, but seriously, did you see Thabeet’s airballed right-handed hook shot last night? Not to say it’s impossible to do, but good god. I personally finished the game a staggering 0-0 from the field, and my hook shot had a better chance of going in.
- The Columbian’s Matt Calkins suggests the jumbotron showing Man vs. Food host Adam Richman provided the Blazers their fourth quarter inspiration. This makes sense, because nothing motivates more than an obese man gorging himself for your viewing pleasure. Wait, what?
- The glass if half-full for Jason Quick at the Oregonian. He sees the Aldridge condition at further evidence to a disastrous season and says the Blazers plan to honor Brandon Roy during the season’s finale, only Roy isn’t on board.
- Alexis Harper’s Daily Dime Recap from last night’s game.
- Rob Simonsen’s video-laced recap.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.