By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz
Toronto Raptors----On a long road trip by an NBA team, everyone for years wanted to see the Toronto Raptors on that trip. No longer, the Raptors are 10 games above .500 at 41-31 and in the playoffs.
Dwayne Casey certainly has to be in the running for NBA coach of the year.
Kevin Durant----The remarkable streak of 25 points or more in a game continues. Now at 38, Durant is within reach of the record streak of Michael Jordan in the 1986-87 season of 40 games.
No question if not the best player in the game, Durant is top three. He does need an NBA championship now to have the ultimate career. As people sometimes are told, you don't have to win an NBA championship to join the elite ranks, I am one that believes you do. What do you think?
LaMarcus Aldridge---No question, the Portland Trail Blazers need Aldridge healthy. Going on their second five game road trip in the month of March, it looked bleak for Portland losing their first three with Aldridge sitting out with a back injury.
But to the rescue. Aldridge returned for the last two games of the trip and Portland won in two places really tough to get the W, Atlanta and Chicago. With a 47-27 record, the Blazers will now play six of their last eight games at home, heading into the playoffs.
Jimmy Dykes---You do not see this too often, but today it was announced by the University of Arkansas that Jimmy Dykes has signed a four year contract to become the Razorbacks new women's coach.
Dykes has been an analyst for ESPN basketball since 1996 and if you listen to him, he is one of the best in the business, the way he can break down any game with total passion. More than likely Dykes will win an NCAA championship at Arkansas, he is a big time basketball guy for sure.
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