Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• A quick note, last night LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 rebounds, four assists, and four steals. All three of those statistics are very good for any power forward, much less one haunted by the finesse label. That said, Aldridge gets crucified a bit for last night’s debacle in the articles below. He deserves to be criticized for being hesitant offensively, that is true, but the entire team deserves criticism for an absolute failure to get the ball to Aldridge in advantageous positions. Credit the Thunder for executing a great defensive game plan, but far too often the Blazers looked like Washington Generals, throwing terrible passes often right into the hands of a defender. Kelly Dwyer summed it up best in his Behind the Boxscore:
22 turnovers for the Blazers, murder in a slowish game like that, as that represented nearly a quarter of the team’s possessions. Oklahoma City already defends like mad, and you’re going to hand them the ball one in every four times down the court?
• John Hollinger covers last night’s game as the centerpiece of today’s ESPN Daily Dime.