LaMarcus Aldridge is Zhongli Quan, a general who created wealth from what to others was simple, worthless stone.
Thanks to a third quarter meltdown which saw their five point half-time lead evaporate into thin air, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves with their backs against the wall in the final 12 minutes of last night's game against the Sacramento Kings.
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With the rest of the league still scrambling to strike the right intersection between traditional analysis and number-crunching, the Portland Trail Blazers
The New Orleans Pelicans like to run pick-and-rolls a lot. In fact, through their 29 games so far this season, they've used it in 35.3 percent of their offensive sets because it's been that good to them. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they acquired the pick-and-roll fiend that is Jrue Holiday in the off-season.
Arguments about the best power forward in the NBA abound, but they all come with a caveat. Should that caveat exist, though?
On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers - a team lead by the league's best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers - the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league.
Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. What different paths they've taken to this point.