Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• In news we already know, John Hollinger explains that Brandon Roy will start and Nicolas Batum is sore. Technically, you can swap those two. John Hollinger says that Nicolas Batum will start and Brandon Roy is sore. That works, too.
• Jason Quick at the Oregonian says the season is on life support but Brandon Roy can’t do everything, he needs help.
“We have to help him,” forward Nicolas Batum said. “He won’t win the game by himself.”
His cubicle buddy, John Canzano, thinks it’s all on Nate McMillan:
And really, as much as we talk about players rising to the occasion of a big moment, we’re really talking now about McMillan coaching the game of his life today.
• Dave from BlazersEdge thinks that tonight’s game is—cue dramatic music—“the most important game the Blazers have played in the last seven years.” Meanwhile, tonight is the 23rd most important game the Suns have played in the last seven years.
• Paul Coro from the Arizona Republic talks about the reversal of roles, how the Suns went from getting kneed in the crotch by Bruce Bowen, to being accused of playing dirty:
“Phoenix Suns, dirty players,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said, chuckling. “Wow, we’ve come a long ways. Amar’e’s not a dirty player. He’s not even close to being a dirty player and neither do I think that anybody on their team is a dirty player. It’s the same thing that happens in any playoff series. When you play somebody five times, there’s going to be a little snippiness.”
• The NY Daily News has a nice piece on “future star head coach” Monty Williams. Not as nice, they ran a photo of Michael Jordan (unless that is Williams’ ear in the background). Then again, if they are going to get your photo wrong I guess it’s better they use MJ than say, Dickey Simpkins.
• Once again TNT shows how much they respect the, uh, Balzers.
• Rip City Project ditches the tuxedo T-shirt and classes up the joint with their new layout.
• I wish the league would use a better source than the NBA Store in New York and NBAStore.com in determining the most popular player jerseys, but Brandon Roy does make the list at #13. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t even started a playoff game this season. (I know nothing about the sport of basketball.)