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April 10, 2015 Updates

Joe Freeman: Afflalo said he can't lift his right arm over his shoulder. He will undergo further medical testing Friday in Portland. Twitter @BlazerFreeman

April 9, 2015 Updates

Minnesota courted him heavily, and Batum said he became sold after spending several days with Adelman. "He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.'' Oregonian

April 7, 2015 Updates

Lopez then scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the highly anticipated matchup against his brother, Robin. "I don't know," Brook told reporters why he and his brother don't acknowledge one another on the court. "I can't explain it. It's been unsaid this whole time. We never talked about it. We don't talk much." What does he mean by saying they ‘don't talk much?' "We have a FaceBook chat with our guys from high school and Stanford, so we talk to other people on the chat but we don't really refer to each other much. But we talk on that chat everyday, kind of, I guess." NetsDaily

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He was Iron Man, after all, a moniker he proudly adopted to mirror not only the brawn and brains of his favorite movie character, but also to represent the durability and toughness he has exhibited during a six-year NBA career that had seen him miss only 13 of 441 games. As he looked at the boot, he knew what it represented, and his hope became as blurry as his eyes: He was staring at a lost season, a lost championship and perhaps a lost contract. "As I stared at that boot," he says, "it all became real." Oregonian

But in Iron Man 3, Matthews says, the plot spoke to him: Love, not ego, is the battle most worth fighting. "I'm not going to prove a hater wrong. I can't do that anymore, that's not my drive anymore," Matthews says. "My drive is to prove to the people who love me unconditionally, from the start, that they were always right. I'm going to do it for them. I want my mom, my friends, my family to puff their chests out and say 'I told you so.' "And that's what Iron Man ended up doing for Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Pepper: He did everything so he didn't lose her." He is fitted for crutches and given a foam block to elevate his leg after the next day's surgery. He walks out of the hospital in his boot, carrying the crutches, and feeling like Iron Man. "Won't use them until I need them," he says of the crutches. Oregonian

His mood is buoyed by his first post-surgery doctor's visit on March 19. They cut off his plaster cast and examined the four-inch incision above the inside ball of his ankle. There was no redness. No inflammation. "The doctors were very impressed," Pam says. They wrapped him in a new, tighter-fitting fiberglass cast, done of course in Iron Man-themed colors: red with gold stripes. In his eyes, it was his first true victory in the process. He was given orders to keep his leg elevated 17 to 20 hours a day. To sleep with it on the foam wedge. "That was my test: Having the discipline to endure it, accept it, embrace it and dismantle it," Matthews says. "And that's what I did. I nailed it." Oregonian

April 3, 2015 Updates

The injury is just the latest in a long line of hand injuries suffered by Blazers players this season. Robin Lopez missed 23 games with right hand fracture, Damian Lillard sprained two fingers in December and LaMarcus Aldridge is still playing through a torn ligament in his left thumb. After slipping out of the rotation in February, Wright had moved into a more significant role over the past month following Wesley Matthews' season-ending Achilles injury. Now he'll likely miss the entire first round of the playoffs. Oregonian

April 2, 2015 Updates

As Lillard was finding his way at Weber State, Nash was always example No. 1 that he could achieve anything from anywhere. "He's always been an inspiration," Lillard said. "I was always a fan. I'm from the Bay Area, so I knew of him at Santa Clara." Oregonian

"It was an unfortunate injury," Lillard said. "It didn't even feel like it was a bad collision. I was sorry it happened." So instead of facing an icon he idolized as a kid, Lillard will be forced to ponder what could have been as he roams the Staples Center on Friday night. "He had a great career, played a long time," Lillard said. "He will be remembered as one of the greats." Oregonian

Near the end of the third quarter of Wednesday night’s contest between the Blazers and the Clippers, Chris Kaman received a flagrant foul for shoving Chris Paul to the floor, after which a brief altercation ensued. As the league weighs its options in terms of additional punishment for Kaman in the form of a fine or possible suspension, Kaman took to Twitter to post a picture of exactly what prompted him to take matters into his own hands. NBCSports.com

Patterson likes to take credit for the Trail Blazers "rebuild," but anyone who was there knows better. During a four-year period beginning in 2003, Patterson fostered an unhealthy culture inside the organization, he fired more than 100 employees, he threw what was then the Rose Garden Arena into bankruptcy, cracked down on anyone who crossed him, and plotted from his president's office to also become the team's general manager (2006-07). Oregonian

Remember the time Patterson fined Darius Miles $150,000 and publicly scolded the small forward for berating his coach in a film session? I do. So does then-coach Maurice Cheeks. Because that act of support for Cheeks was followed by a back-room deal between Patterson and Miles in which the small forward would receive every penny of the fine back, plus interest. When I informed Cheeks of the arrangement, he said, "I might as well pack my bags." Oregonian

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