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March 28, 2014 Updates

“It definitely fueled me tonight,” he said. “I feel like I bring more than fadeaway jumpshots to the team. Just like Kanye West said, everything I’m not makes me everything I am. So when I make a fadeway jumpshot to win the game, nobody is talking about that. But when I miss two or three, then everybody is calling me a guy that fades away from the basket. So it’s give and take.” CSNNW.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge will play when the Trail Blazers play the Atlanta Hawks, he said Thursday after the team's shootaround at Philips Arena. “I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.” Aldridge has not played since suffering a nasty fall at San Antonio on March 12. After losing that game, the Blazers lost four of their next seven, including all three to start the five-game road trip they are on. Oregonian

Long before I worked in the league, I wrote that I would take Kevin Durant over Greg Oden. Granted, this was a different situation since I wasn’t submitting an official report to a team, but the position still wasn’t a popular one among NBA people I knew. One GM I had a good relationship with at the time chuckled after he read my analysis and sort of patted me on the head like I was some kind of overzealous child while informing me that one should always bet on size. My response was simple: Sam Bowie. Basketball Insiders

The general idea of learning from mistakes has been captured in platitudes aplenty for centuries. However, most of us who exist in the public eye or have some kind of public platform rarely acknowledge our mistakes. There are likely numerous reasons for this. In the NBA, I noticed how quickly people would distance themselves from personnel moves that went awry and how equally quickly they would position themselves to take some kind of credit when the moves worked out. This can likely be chalked up to simple self-preservation. There are very few jobs in the NBA and many people who want them. Admitting mistakes in our culture is seen as a sign of weakness even despite all of the clichés to the contrary. Basketball Insiders

March 26, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, he left the team hotel so early he didn’t eat. In the middle of his workout, his hunger had become a distraction, and when he discovered none of the restaurants in the concourse had opened, he was directed to the media meal. After eating, he returned to the court for more shooting. More testing. More feeling out what he could and couldn’t do. “Feeling better,’’ Aldridge declared after the game. “I’ve worked out the last few days and I’m going to practice (Wednesday), do whatever I can do. Then I’m looking to play versus Atlanta if everything goes well tomorrow.’’ Oregonian

Aldridge on Tuesday said it will be different this time coming back from his injury. His two workouts Tuesday -- the one before the meal and the one after -- marked the third and fourth extended workouts, each around an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, he said. “I’ve had more time this time to workout,’’ Aldridge said. “Last time I went from nothing to full speed to playing. This time it’s more of a transition period of: ‘Let’s see you run; let’s see you shoot.’ So I’ve worked out the last three, four days. More stationary shooting and minimal movement, but I’ve had more time to find my rhythm. Last time, I went from sitting on my couch and I couldn’t move, to playing.’’ Oregonian

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The Trail Blazers will play one more game without LaMarcus Aldridge. At least. The All-Star power forward has been ruled for the Blazers’ Monday night matchup against the Miami Heat with a back contusion, guaranteeing he will miss his sixth consecutive game with the lingering ailment. Coach Terry Stotts refused to reveal further details — whether or not Aldridge practiced, whether he’s making progress, etc. — as has become the norm, so it’s unclear when Aldridge will return. On Saturday, before the Blazers were steamrolled by the Charlotte Bobcats, Aldridge went through extended shooting drills following the team’s morning shootaround. Oregonian

And even though there are ominous signs about this team — from its 14-16 record over the last 30 games to its 6-12 road record since Jan. 1 — the Blazers (45-25), who played without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge for the fifth consecutive game, insisted this loss was not emblematic of a greater problem. “I don’t think it’s a larger issue,” Wesley Matthews said. “We played bad. They played well. They played like they had something against us from what we did to them at our place. We didn’t shoot it well the first half, they shot it well. Big Al had a good night, Kemba Walker had a good night. They’re a playoff team and they’re all NBA players. We didn’t play well. They played great.” Oregonian

When a reporter told Matthews he wasn’t sure if it was more appropriate to kill the Blazers for their general ineptitude or dismiss the hideous performance as just one of those nights in a grinding 82-game season, Matthews looked at him sideways and issued a challenge. “If you kill us, you’re going to look dumb come next game,” he said. “Because we’re going to be a whole new team, we’re going to be the team we’re supposed to be. So you go ahead and kill us. And you’re going to have to come back and see us in the locker room and be like, ‘Aw shoot.’ So I’m just going to save you. Write that. Write it all.” Oregonian

March 21, 2014 Updates

Matthews ventured towards a little revisionist history when describing the team's confidence after this win as they head into another five-game road trip: "It was always high. We're just winning now. We won two straight, we feel good. We felt alright when we were losing, we were just irritated that we were losing. You can look back at those games. Dallas, we were supposed to win that. Houston, we were supposed to win that. Memphis -- nah, OK. San Antonio, crap shoot, the lull of the first three. New Orleans, we took care of business. Golden State we were supposed to win that game. A charge, a loose ball, a call, anything flips that to our favor and [then] we're one of the hottest teams in the league." Blazers Edge

Key to Portland's offensive execution was Damian Lillard, who shook off nightmare against the Milwaukee Bucks (20 points, 7-for-21 shooting, four assists, and five turnovers) on Tuesday to post 23 points (on 8-for-18 shooting), 10 assists and one turnover against Wall and the Wizards. "[Wall] being one of the elite guards in the league, of course I have to raise my game against him," Lillard told Blazersedge. "I did what my team needed from me. I needed to turn the ball over less and assist more." Blazers Edge

Stotts said Aldridge will join the Blazers on the road trip but refused to give a progress report. Said Matthews: "He looks better every day. It's between him and the staff and his body when he comes back. We're hoping for a recovery, but we want him healthy and 100 percent." Portland Tribune

March 19, 2014 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal stands alone as the only NBA player to actually turn a profit in the hip-hop game with his debut album “Shaq Diesel,” a 12-track compilation that went platinum in 1994. The seven-footer can also toot his horn when it comes to longevity in the field, having produced five albums in total. That’s the sort of impact Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is looking to make when he eventually and officially, takes the music industry by storm. “If my profile continues to increase, I think I can go platinum with my music,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “Not to knock anybody else who has done it, but I can actually rap. I have a story to tell. It’s not going to just be about basketball. I have more content than that. With the way I know I can get down, and the producers that I’ll align myself with, there’s no reason not to think I couldn’t go platinum. Shaq proved it’s possible.” CSNNW.com

The All-Star point guard says he anticipates releasing a mixtape sometime this year consisting of 10 tracks to spawn up some buzz before he drops his first album. Just as smooth and effortless is his shooting stroke; he says freestyling and putting verses together “comes more naturally” to him. “It’s something that comes easy to me,” Lillard said. “It’s another talent that I have.” CSNNW.com

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