Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- The Trail Blazers came up short in Sacramento against the Kings Sunday afternoon. The fellas over at Cowbell Kingdom have your recap of the close loss.
- Wesley Matthews’ game-high 31 points included eight 3-pointers, tying a franchise record of makes from behind the arc.
- Joe Freeman delivers some news that many Blazer fans have been waiting since the trade deadline to hear:
The team finally has decided to feature young point guards Nolan Smith and Jonny Flynn moving forward. Interim general manager Chad Buchanan told Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford before the team left for Sacramento that each would sit out one game of the Blazers’ Sunday-Monday back-to-back — and perhaps even more over the final five games of the season.
- Brendan Bowers of Slam Online has a Q&A with JJ Hickson. Asked if he would like to stick around in Portland:
Of course, I would love it. I’ve been getting some positive feedback from Coach, and from the organization as a whole, and I would love to re-sign here.
- Matt Caulkins of The Columbian via Blazersedge via The Basketball Jones notes that Luke Babbitt is more than a Chalupa peddler. Be careful, Blazer fans. Babbitt’s got some fightin’ words:
But if Babbitt had known that his shot would prompt the city’s top-rated sports radio show to open its broadcast the next day with a five-minute dissection of the Chalupa….“If I had known,” Babbitt said, “I would have missed the shot on purpose.”
- In case you missed it, the New Orleans Hornets are no longer owned by the NBA. Another bright spot for the city? The All-Star Game will return in 2014.
- The Blazers are in Phoenix tonight for the second half of their back-to-back. The Suns will be looking for a win tonight for a chance to improve their playoff hopes in the final stretch of the season. Valley of the Suns has your preview of tonight’s match up.