LaMarcus Aldridge better make the All-Star Game this year. He was the best player on the court with 30 points and eight rebounds in Portland’s convincing 103-93 win in OKC. Aldridge dunked, hit jumpers and spearheaded an all-around attack that’s becoming a staple in Portland. Nic Batum was an assassin in the final frame, hitting two threes from almost the exact same spot on the wing to push the lead up to 10. He also had a couple of nice defensive plays, once blocking Russell Westbrook (22 points, eight dimes) right at the rim … Kevin Durant had a dope LeBron-like chasedown block. That was about the only thing he did well in his second straight weak game (8-for-26, 19 points) … Looking at the West, do you think the 4-1 Blazers are the best team right now? … Without Zach Randolph, Memphis played their best game of the season, destroying Sacramento by 17 in a game that was never really in doubt. The Grizzlies are piling up bodies this year like the Persians in 300, but Mike Conley (14 points, seven assists, four steals) returned in this one to key a bench that somehow dropped 54 points. Rudy Gay dropped 23 of his own for Memphis. Meanwhile, the Kings need to stop messing around and give our man Isaiah Thomas (15 points, five rebounds in 16 minutes) more run … In our rookie report of the top 10 rookies in the league so far, Cleveland had two guys make the list and they both showed out again last night. Tristan Thompson went for 16 points and nine rebounds whereas our newest cover boy, Kyrie Irving, dropped 20 points and six dimes, missing only two shots all night in Cleveland’s 115-101 win over Charlotte. In case you’re into trying to say Irving isn’t even the best point guard in his class (Not sure where this junk came from), Kemba Walker played 12 minutes and made one shot. Cleveland is now surprisingly 3-2, the first time they’ve been over .500 since the very beginning of last season … And don’t look now, but Brandon Jennings was the leading fourth quarter scorer in the league, Jennings was shooting 46 percent from the field, Jennings was s… oh wait, never mind. Last night in Utah’s 85-73 win over the Bucks, Jennings shot 4-for-19 from the field – many of them completely off-balance and forced, finishing with eight points. Al Jefferson‘s 26 and 10 helped the Jazz offset Drew Gooden (24 and 12) turning into a player … We’re out like Chris Webber‘s hipster glasses.
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