Ball Don't Lie - NBA

Yeah, so my parents probably named me after a guy that looks like Baba Booey, and who wears white bicycle shorts. So what? Who were you named after? Jerkface McGee? Probably.

There is big internet buzz about this game (get it? BZZZ!), and it's deserved. The Trail Blazers continue to play well, and the Hornets show no signs of letting up. In fact, a Hornets win coupled with a Suns loss tonight to the Timberwolves (don't laugh, Minnesota's already beaten the Suns) would move the Hornets into a virtual tie with Phoenix a top the Western Conference.

New Orleans ... first place in the West? As good as they've been this year, that's still incredible. Not unlike John Davidson.

Portland is really starting to impress with the team's offensive spacing. It doesn't quite clear the floor in a 1-4 set ripped from Larry Brown's days in Philadelphia, rather, there's movement and good shooters and the face-up jump shot isn't always encouraged, though often made. Throw in a slow-down offense and solid rebounding, and there's a reason why the Trail Blazers don't lose many leads, or falter down the stretch of games.

For now, let's get to a batch of links previewing the game ...

* An "underrated" game. Not anymore.
* Interviewing Blazers play-by-play man Mike Barrett.
* Breaking down the positions.
*Oregon Live. Disputing the breakdown from Hornets 247, calling someone's opinion "wrong," providing some other cool links.
*Blazers Edge. Interviewing Ryan from Hornets 247..
*Hornets247. Interviewing Dave from Blazers Edge.
*Blazers Edge. Previewing the game.
*This guy. Eating a frozen banana.

New Orleans Hornets: 28-12, 88.5 possessions per game (26th-most in the NBA), 110.9 points scored per 100 possessions (9th in the NBA), 104.1 points allowed per 100 possessions (4th).

Portland Trail Blazers: 25-16, 87.3 possessions per game (29th), 109.7 points scored per 100 possessions (13th), 108.3 points allowed per 100 possessions (20th).

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