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Your Morning Dump… Where Gregg Popovich is awesome

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

If you haven’t heard, Craig Sager is battling leukemia, so he’s not out there doing the normal sideline stuff during these playoffs.  So TNT brought his son on to fill in.  He had planned to tape the interview… but…

Perfect Pop.  A ball-buster all the way, but a good guy.  And Pop’s message to Sager was just absolutely perfect.  Get well soon, Craig.  These national TNT games aren’t the same without you.

Oh, some of you might be wondering where the Celtics news is.  Well, a funny thing happens when your team misses the playoffs after making it for so many years.

Guys leave.

Beat writers are going to take some well-deserved time off because there’s no real business to be conducted, no team around to cover, and no real interest from the casual fan who may have turned to the Bruins playoff run or the Red Sox (like Jeff Green)

So don’t be surprised if we expand our coverage a little bit until some Celtics news breaks.

Page 2:  The curse of home court continues in the playoffs

LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message.

“I said: ‘Take it over,'” Aldridge said.

Lillard did just that, finishing with 31 points and making the go-ahead free throws in overtime to lift the Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in a thrilling first-round series opener.

ESPN (AP recap) – Aldridge’s 46 lead Blazers over Rockets in OT.

The road team has won five of the eight Game 1’s played so far, and the three home wins weren’t exactly easy… not even Miami beating Charlotte.

Houston had this game late, but blew it.  James Harden’s 8-28 shooting (3-14 from 3) didn’t help matters.  Neither did Patrick Beverly’s knee injury.  Beverly was everywhere earlier in that game.

Indiana, Chicago, Toronto, The Clippers… all joined Houston as Game-1 losers.  Toronto might not be such a shock because Brooklyn is a “built for the playoffs” team that’s better than their record would indicate.  The Clippers losing to Golden State isn’t jaw-dropping either.  The Chicago loss came at the hands of a resurgent Nene… not sure that’s going to happen again.

And then there’s Indiana.  Who was my preseason pick to win it all and it still talented enough to do it if they can pull their heads out of their asses long enough to realize this is the playoffs and it’s time to put whatever second-half BS that threatened their season behind them.

The people of Indiana are nice.  Too nice.  If I walked up to some of them and smacked them in the face, they’d tell me “sir, that was impolite of you, and I’m going to have to ask you to not do that again, please.”   The people of Indiana are also nuts about basketball.  So when they go to a playoff game and start to boo you, I’m not blaming them.  It’s not like Philadelphia, where you’d get booed if your hundred point lead got cut to 85 on a 15-0 run.

Larry Bird needs to give one of his famous denigrating media sessions where he galvanizes this team somehow, or the Pacers are going to be one of this generation’s biggest disappointments.

And Finally…

marathon finish line

Good luck to all the runners in the Boston Marathon today.  I know this will be an especially emotional one in Boston.

The rest of the links:

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  • bill_nair

    I watched every playoff game and was not surprised by any of the home court teams losing. Pacers are done they won’t make it out the second round. There body language is terrible. Something big happened in that locker room.

    I had the Bobcats taking Miami to 6 but if Al is hurt they might not win one. But boy is Kemba fun to watch.

    I still think the Clips win the series but Doc has to be regretting signing every washed up wing player breathing rather than getting someone who could back up BG and DJ.

    Am I the only one not impressed with Aldridge? I mean he had a great game but dude takes 20+ shots a game to score 20. He doesn’t seem assertive.

    Despite the C’s not being in the playoffs it’s gonna be fun to watch.

    • CFH

      Big Al being hurt now gets my vote for most disappointing injury all year. Primarily because the guy has never gotten a chance to shine in the playoffs, but also because it’s one more lucky break for Miami along with Indiana’s spectacular implosion. Not that the Bobcats were ever going to take out the Heat, but they could have worn them out just a little.

      And the TNT Sager tributes were made of win.

    • RedwasKing

      Yes, you are the only person not impressed with Aldridge. He has a body like Dwight Howard and a mid-range game like Dirk. He is a matchup nightmare because he has a good 3 inches on almost every other starting power forward not named Dirk or Duncan.

    • eddysamson

      He shot 17 of 30…what the hell is wrong with that? James harden just went 8 for 28 in the same game…

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  • LA Flake

    Paul George never impressed me. Not a fundamentally sound scorer, just an athletic freak who has a streaky shot. That said, I feel horrible for The Legend.

  • Astarot

    Well two important notes I guess. First of good luck everyone in the Marathon I’d dead after 100 yards so I’m impressed. And of course Craig Sager – simply the best in what he’s been doing for so many years, get well and we all want you back.

  • pierce Hart

    Your morning dump where rondo is the 16th best PG according to bleacher report and Teague, Thomas, Williams, walker, holiday, Lawson, Bledsoe (it goes on)… And john wall who is ranked number 3. I would have preferred this as the morning dump because it keeps the theme of sh*t going.