A look around the web at the top Trail Blazers stories of the week
Forward/Center: Aldridge And Lillard Named On Of The NBA’s Top 10 Best Duos
“Aldridge’s willingness to take three-pointers this season opens up all kinds of opportunities for his teammates, particularly Lillard. Collapsing on drives is much more difficult when you’ve got Aldridge out there ready to raise up from three. Aldridge and Lillard are arguably the most lethal pick and pop combination in the league considering both players are able to hit from midrange or put the ball on the floor. It’s the classic “pick your poison” scenario.”
Forward/Center: Video: Robin Lopez Fights Hooper, Detroit’s Mascot, Yet again
“The feud, which had been simmering for almost a year, erupted after Portland’s 98-86 victory versus the Pistons in Detroit Tuesday night. Hooper hid underneath the bleachers in an attempt to ambush Lopez as he ran off the floor and into the visitors locker room. But being the clever tactician that he is, Lopez turned the tables on the plush novelty horse, grabbing the pretend equine by the midsection and carrying him for a few feet before depositing him on the floor outside of Portland’s locker room.”
Forward/Center: Aldridge Surpasses Porter For Second In Franchise History Scoring
“In the first month of the 2014-15 season, the 6-11 power forward in his ninth season out of Texas has overtaken the likes of Mychal Thompson, Jim Paxson, Geoff Petrie, Buck Williams and Jerome Kersey in various statistical categories, including offensive and defensive rebounds, total rebounds and blocks.
And with a three-pointer at the buzzer of the first quarter of Portland’s game versus the Pistons Tuesday night, Aldridge added Terry Porter, whose jersey number is hung in the rafters of the Moda Center, to the list of franchise all-timers who are now in his rear view. With his seventh point, Aldridge overtook the starting point guard of the those great Portland teams of the late-80’s and early-90’s for second all-time in franchise history in points despite having played 161 fewer games.”
Forward/Center: LaMarcus Aldridge Named Western Conference Player Of The Week
“It’s been a great week for Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. He led the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 record, put up almost 40 points in a win against the Nuggets in Denver, passed Mychal Thompson for third in franchise history in total rebounds and has grabbed double-digit boards in his last eight games for the first time in his career. Oh, and he’s shooting 79 percent from the free throw line, 50 percent from three-point line and 46 percent from the field while blocking 1.3 shots per game for the sixth-rated defense in the NBA.”
Forward/Center: Aldridge Keeps Pace In NBA.COM ‘Race To The MVP’
“As for his rank among his contemporaries this season, Aldridge stands poised to become a fixture of the MVP conversation as Portland continues to be one of the top teams in the NBA with a 15-4 record. After joining the NBA.com “Race To The MVP” ladder last week for the first time this season, Aldridge remains unchanged at No. 9 in this week’s ranking…”
Oregonlive.com: Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum Cleared To Shoot, Dribble With Right Hand
“A new batch of X-rays taken Tuesday in Detroit revealed that his broken right index finger has healed enough that he can resume shooting and dribbling with his right hand. McCollum has not been cleared for basketball "contact," but he can do virtually everything else and is one step closer to returning to practice, the final hurdle to being cleared to return to a game.”
Oregonlive.com: Chris Kaman Nervously Awaits Birth Of First Child During Trail Blazers’ Road Trip
“Kaman acknowledged Tuesday that the stress of the situation is weighing on him. As he travels, he keeps his cell phone ringer on while he sleeps at night, just in case Emilie goes into labor. And, from time to time, the thought crosses his mind during a game that his son could be on the way that moment.”
Oregon live: For Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, Playing With Finger Splints Will Take Some ‘Adjusting’
“The good news, Lillard said, is that his fingers -- while tender and swollen from the sprains he suffered in a win over the Indiana Pacers -- weren't the issue. But the newness and awkwardness of the splints/wraps were, which caused him to tinker with them. What's more, Lillard says, opposing players purposely tried to jolt his digits.”
Blazersedge.com: Portland Trail Blazers: 7 Surprising Developments After 20 Games
“The Trail Blazers started incredibly (and improbably) hot last year, posting a 17-3 record at the 20-game mark. Before the season we speculated that they'd have a hard time doing that again. We were right. They didn't do it. They only made it to 16-4. That's worthy of the smallest sad trombone ever. It's party time in Portland...again.
Technically something duplicated in consecutive seasons shouldn't be too much of a surprise, but that record is gaudy enough to hang on your Christmas tree. And that's when it happens once. Doing it twice might merit a lighted display worthy of a Peacock Lane lawn.”
Rip City Project: Trail Blazers’ Improved Defense A Product Of Familiarity?
“As it currently stands, with the Trail Blazers at fifth in both offensive and defensive ratings, they have a real shot to make some noise come playoff time. The question of whether an elite offensive team or an elite defensive team is “better” has been around as long as sports have existed, with no real answer. For the moment, the Blazers are covering their bases by being elite in both categories.”
By NBA.com | December 10,2014