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"Rather than Dwight shooting a 70% shot right underneath the basket, we're going to make him shoot a 50% shot from the FT line." Matthews
"He was slapping at the ball. I was just like, 'Whatchu doing?' I don't understand where the tech came in." Lillard on Beverley
Sitting on this long flight to Alabama for my Unc funeral. Who gone stay up with me
"He's been unbelievably tenacious. He's been crashing the boards like hell on both ends." Lopez on Aldridge
Thanks to all the eagle eyes who pointed out that Batum had two blocks, not two steals.
Stotts on Lopez guarding Howard solo: "The fact that he took the challenge to guard him straight up, it took threes out of the game."
Kelvin Sampson on LMA: "He's a load. ... I [can't] remember seeing someone who takes so many hard, contested, fallaway j's ... & makes them"
"People probably don't know who I am or what I do up here. Some people probably just don't like my game. I'm not flashy, I don't dunk." LMA
Aldridge on being 8th among West bigs in All-Star voting: "I'm never going to get votes like that. That's just the reality of being up here"
Easily lost in Aldridge' big night: Batum had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
"Maybe God just gave me this gift for this season." Aldridge on his rebounding numbers
It's still quite early in the season. But it might be time to move the conversation from "Is this team real?" to "How far can it go?"
LaMarcus Aldridge: "Charles talks trash about everybody."
Final: Blazers 111, Rockets 104. For his next trick, LaMarcus Aldridge will fix Cover Oregon.
Patrick Beverley and Damian Lillard receive double techs for jawing at one another.
30 and 25 for LaMarcus Aldridge. WOW.
LaMarcus Aldridge has collected his career-high 24th rebound. With 27 pts, 24 rebs, he's putting on an MVP-like show on TNT.
Robin Lopez, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, has his sixth double-double in his last eight games.
LaMarcus Aldridge, 24 rebounds vs. Rockets, has a new career high.
Aldridge has career-high 24 rebounds.
It's Hack-a-Howard time.
Blazers appear to open the fourth quarter playing a game of B-A-R-K-L-E-Y
Robin Lopez has become a much better finisher at rim as the season has gone along.
LaMarcus Aldridge with 25 points and 20 rebounds and 10:04 left --- his fourth 20/20 game in the NBA.
If LaMarcus Aldridge is not sealing himself as a legit MVP candidate right now on national television, I don't know what else he can do.
Aldridge now has the fourth 20-rebound game of his career.
Aldridge is feelin' it.
LaMarcus Aldridge with just 22 points and 19 rebounds after three quarters. He'll pick it up.
Linsanity's air ball flies into the fourth quarter… Blazers 76, Rockets 76.
End of 3rd Q. Blazers 76 Rockets 76. Aldridge 22 points, 19 boards. Harden 21 points, 5 and 5. Howard 20 points, 14 rebounds.
Turnovers are killing Blazers right now. They have let the Rockets back in this one.
Wesley Matthews' hops have been failing him as of late.
Aldridge checks out after dropping 11 points and 8 rebounds in Q3.
Aldridge with 11 points in the third.
After that rebound follow and 3-point play, LA has 17 pts, 17 rebs. 17 mins left in the game.
LaMarcus Aldridge beasting the boards. He has 17 points, 17 rebounds midway through the third. Meanwhile, Terrence Jones has 1 rebound.
One thing this team has done consistently well this season is respond in the 3rd Q.
Dwight Howard just told Marv Albert he thought he and Chandler Parsons were part of the Globetrotters' act on that last play
Wonder how much candy Dwight ate at halftime.
Robin Lopez with 9 points. At least 6 have come off assists from Nic Batum.
Rockets lead 44-43 at halftime as Indiana-Memphis has broken out.
End of 1st half. Rockets 44 Blazers 43 Harden 12 points. Howard 11 points, 10 boards. Aldridge 8 points, 10 boards. Batum 8 points, 5 boards
Ex-Duck Darron Thomas told me today that he is certain Randall Cunningham II will someday start at QB for the Oregon Ducks.
Portland Thunder owe Darron Thomas about 12 hours of overtime for everything he's had to do today.
Nic Batum must really, really like Robin Lopez.
Now, the question must be asked: Do you double Dwight Howard?
7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists for Nicolas Batum.
Points in the paint: Rockets 28 Blazers 12. Fast break points: Rockets 10 Blazers 2. 6:53 left in the 2nd Q, Rockets lead 36-31.
Biggest change in the Blazers… when they take a bad shot this season it's glaring… because they make the right decision so often.
Those alley-oops where nobody is on the receiving end is always fun to watch.