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April 23, 2014 Updates

He not short of any confidence when it comes to his small forward matchup with Nicolas Batum, who is a more established player. Batum may have the experience, but according to Parsons, he’s the best small forward in this series. “100 percent, I’m the best,” Parsons told CSNNW.com without hesitation. CSNNW.com

April 22, 2014 Updates

Asik, however, said defending Aldridge is the top priority and that if he is back on him the plan will be to battle him better before Aldridge catches the ball, rather than after he is going up for his shot. “The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge,” Asik said. “He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more. “I wasn’t able to do much because I wasn’t able to play much. I always try to make it hard on him before he catches the ball, to make him maybe tired before he gets the ball. He is one of the best power forwards in the league. It’s hard to guard him but we will try our best.” Houston Chronicle

Denizens of the Trail Blazers' Moda Center locker room notice two things right away. One, it's fancier than the dressing area at the local YMCA. Two, in a locker room full of brotherhood, the most willing smiles often come from reserves Will Barton and Thomas Robinson. Robinson, in particular, is happy to be where he is. Living in a condo near Portland State. Enjoying his time as a Blazer. "I love it in Portland," said Robinson, who will be in coach Terry Stotts' rotation for Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Portland-Houston first-round playoff series at the Toyota Center. "The city's so chill to me, so relaxing. Once you get past the rain, you be fine." Portland Tribune

After losing on his home court in Game 1, Dwight Howard has a thought as to how the Houston Rockets can turn the tables on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening-round playoff series. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

As the Portland Trail Blazers embark on the postseason, Blazers fans all over the world are donning their gear to cheer on the team. If you doubt the global reach of Blazer fandom, consider Rich Brownstein. Perhaps the most fanatical of Blazers fans doesn't live in Portland, or even in America. He lives in Israel. And he has what he claims is the largest collection of Blazers stuff in the world. The size of the collection is beyond Brownstein's comprehension. "I couldn't begin to count," he says. He also declines having his collection officially declared the world's largest. Brownstein says, "My wife's not interested in being married to a Guinness book record holder for such a silly thing." Brownstein says he's comfortable making the claim until it's refuted. So far, nobody has done so. Portland Tribune

When asked if the Portland Trail Blazers would look to the “Hack-a-Dwight” tactic in their first round playoff series against the Rockets, coach Terry Stotts joked, “First possession, we are doing it.” Houston Chronicle

Aldridge did indeed break a franchise record Sunday, scoring a career-high 46 points in a 122-120 victory. The old mark actually belonged to Bonzi Wells, who scored 45 points against Dallas in 2003, but Aldridge also joined Drexler, Brandon Roy, Terry Porter and Mychal Thompson as the only Blazers to score 40 or more in a playoff game. “I’ve been a Trail Blazer all my life, and I want to break every record that I can,” Aldridge said. Oregonian

April 20, 2014 Updates

Game One of the Rockets best-of-seven series against Portland is Sunday night at Toyota Center. "This is the reason why I chose this place and this team," Howard said after the Rockets practice on Friday. "I feel like we've got a great opportunity and I don't want to take any moment for granted. "We've come along way. I told you guys at the beginning of the year, we would be a lot better at the end of the year than we were at the beginning," said Howard, who averaged 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against Portland this season. CSN Houston

Rockets coach Kevin McHale would not directly say he would play Asik and Howard together again, elevating it only from a topic he would not discuss to “it’s possible. “We haven’t done it a lot lately,” he said. “They were effective earlier at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him.” Houston Chronicle

Aldridge had several monster games against Houston this season and averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game against Houston this season. He also committed just four turnovers all season against Houston in 156 minutes of action. "He's a helluva player. He's a tough shot maker, he can shoot over the top," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "We're going to give him some different looks, we're going to do some different things to try to get him off his game. He's one of those guys, that if he's making those tough turnaround fadeaways, it's hard (to stop him)." "He's a tough shot maker, and tough shot-makers, they at times can get you down," McHale added. "We just have to make him take a lot of shots to get his points. Where he's really hurt us is on the boards. He's hammered us with his rebounding. that's a big area for us. We've got to handle the boards." CSN Houston

April 18, 2014 Updates
April 17, 2014 Updates

And there would be no quibbling if Olshey wanted to do it behind closed doors. But judging from Stotts’ unease, it is clear Olshey hasn’t afforded him that courtesy. I asked Stotts on Wednesday night if he has been given that assurance that his future is secure in Portland. Stotts, as he is wont to do lately, was curt. “I don’t think I have to answer that,’’ he said. Oregonian

It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 16, 2014 Updates

After signing Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman on “Late Night“ — trumping the CNN upfront presentation with the announcement — Moonves is moving to “Billionaires Beach.” Page Six has exclusively learned Moonves has bought Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s home on Malibu’s prestigious Carbon Beach for $28 million. Allen bought the gorgeous, white-walled and glass modern oceanfront house for $25 million in 2010. New York Post

April 14, 2014 Updates
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