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PORTLAND, Ore. Randal Grichuk Jersey . -- LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers lineup, happy to know that things didnt go awry without him. Portlands All-Star forward had 16 points and the Blazers won their fifth straight game with a 102-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Aldridge was averaging 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds before a left groin injury caused him to miss five games. "Im not going to call guys out but I thought that they just played great," Aldridge said about the team in his absence. "I thought everybody did more, whether it was rebounding or whatever. Everybody just played better." The win moved the Blazers (41-18) a season-high 23-games over .500. After failing to make the playoffs last season, Portland sits in third place in the Western Conference. Robin Lopez led the Blazers in scoring for the first time this season with 18 points, while Nicolas Batum had a career-high 16 rebounds. "That was a solid win for us," said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "We did a lot of good things. I felt like we were in control for the most part." Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 16 points apiece, but Denver (25-33) lost its fifth straight. Faried, who also had 10 rebounds, took a hard fall with less than two minutes left and appeared to injure his right knee, but finished out the game. Portland won all four meetings this season against Denver, its first sweep of the series since the 1999 season, when the Blazers won all three games against the Nuggets. Damian Lillards driving layup gave Portland a 100-87 lead with 4:09 left in the game and the Nuggets never really challenged. Lillard finished with 17 points. The Blazers had a bit of a rest after a 124-80 rout of Brooklyn on Wednesday night. The Nets played in Denver the next night, routing the Nuggets 112-89. "The effort was there and it was something to build off of because everybody -- the whole city of Denver -- after that loss to Brooklyn had a sour taste in our mouth," Foye said. "We just wanted to get back out there and try to give the fans something to cheer about." The Nuggets have won just one of their last 11 games. Aldridge was greeted with a roar from the crowd at the Moda Center when he was announced as a starter. "It felt good," Aldridge said. "My timing was a little off but it felt good to be back out there playing with the guys." Second-year centre Meyers Leonard also returned after a five-game absence because of a sprained right ankle. But the Blazers did not have forwards Thomas Robinson, who has a left knee injury, and Joel Freeland, with a right knee sprain. The Nuggets were hurting, too. Top scorer Ty Lawson missed his ninth straight game with a left rib fracture. But guard Aaron Brooks, acquired before the trade deadline from Houston, played despite a sore ankle, and Wilson Chandler returned after missing a game because of a right knee sprain. Denver closed within 52-47 late in the half after a pair of free throws from Faried, but Lopezs dunk and Lillards layup helped push Portlands lead to 56-48 at the break. Lopez led all players with 12 points. Lillard, Batum and Leonard had consecutive dunks to give the Blazers an early 22-12 lead. The Blazers stretched the lead to 73-60 in the third quarter on Batums finger-roll layup. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he liked the effort after the loss to Brooklyn, but pointed to missed free throws. Denver was 23 of 35 from the line. "You lose the game by six points and you miss 12 free throws, that can be the difference in the game," Shaw said. "I thought the team played a lot better and responded after the embarrassing game we had the other night at home against Brooklyn. So we got better tonight and Im happy with our effort." Notes: Brooks played at the University of Oregon and got warm applause during pregame game introductions. .... Batum becomes the fourth Trail Blazer this season with 16 or more rebounds in a game, joining Aldridge, Lopez and Robinson. ... It was the first time this season that no player for the Blazers or their opponent had a player with at least 20 points. Austin Jackson Jersey . The Redblacks are taking on the Edmonton Eskimos in their second regular season game Friday night. Catch the game live on TSN as the back end of a doubleheader starting at 10pm et/7pm pt. New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman Jersey . The Maple Leafs handed their embattled head coach a two-year contract extension on Thursday, while at the same time announcing that assistants Dave Farrish, Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon will not be back. http://www.baseballgreet.com/Oakland-Athletics-Trevor-Plouffe-Jersey/ .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.Each week, TSN.ca Fantasy Editor Scott Cullen and NFL Editors Ben Fisher and Mike Hetherington discuss three hot fantasy football topics. Which recent breakout RB is more legitimate, Mark Ingram or Denard Robinson? Cullen: I’m going to go with Ingram being more legitimate. It’s taken him three unimpressive NFL seasons to get where he is this year, and if the Saints could be convinced to give Ingram feature-back touches, then that should mean a good prognosis for the future, both this season and beyond. Saying that, I’m more excited about Robinson, who has made the transition from college quarterback into a suddenly valuable fantasy running back. Both guys are 24, so they should have years of strong production ahead of them, but the safer play is Ingram, who plays on a better team and has more track record at the position. Fisher: Ingram’s had the best two weeks of his career and convinced a lot of owners he’s worth starting the rest of the year. But has he convinced Sean Payton? Ingram’s lone impediment could be losing carries to Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson as they get healthier. Still, I feel Ingram’s the safer choice over Robinson because of the offences each is in. Even if Ingram is splitting carries three ways, the Saints have nearly three times as many touchdowns on the ground as Jacksonville. Hetherington: I’ll go with the explosive play of “shoelace” Robinson, simply because he has the coaching staff fully behind him. Ingram is likely to start sharing touches once again when Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas return from injury, while Robinson is firmly entrenched as the No. 1 in Jacksonville. Although Ingram is the more talented back, Robinson is the safer play and therefore the more legitimate RB1. Who is the better fantasy WR, DeSean Jackson or his replacement as No. 1 in Philadelphia, Jeremy Maclin? Cullen: Up to this point in the season, it was Maclin, who has been one of the top handful of fantasy wideouts, but the worm may be turning in this equation. Jackson’s first half was spread over three quarterbacks, with Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy filling in when Robert Griffin III got hurt. RGIII is back and should be a safer bet to keep Jackson productive. On the other hand, Maclin has racked up most of his yardage with Nick Foles at quarterback and while Maclin had a great game last week, even once Mark Sanchez came into the game, this is still Mark Sanchez and I wouldn’t want to have my wide receiver value tied to a quarterback with Sanchez’s history. Fisher: A question muddied somewhat by each players’ unccertain quarterback situation throughout the year, I’ll go with the guy in the better offence. Atlanta Braves Bartolo Colon Jersey. While they have almost identical receiving yards totals, Maclin has twice as many touchdowns as Jackson in the first half of the season. This answer changes quickly if both Robert Griffin and Mark Sanchez revert to their 2012 selves. Hetherington: Jackson likely has higher upside each week as a deep threat but I’ll go with the safer start of Maclin, who’s been a machine over the past two weeks. Maclin is clearly the top option in the passing game in Philadelphia, while Jackson is fighting for catches with Pierre Garcon. The current Eagle also gets the edge in touchdowns; he’s doubled Jackson’s output so far this season (8 to 4). Though I give Maclin the slight edge, both are legitimate fantasy WR1s. Can you imagine if they both were still in the city of brotherly love? That would be what Larry Fitzgerald calls a ‘champagne problem.’ Were the past two weeks just a hot streak for Ben Roethlisberger or has he proven he’s a legit QB1? Cullen: Can it be both? Obviously, the last two weeks are so far beyond reasonable expectations for a starting quarterback – historic, even – and that’s inflated Roethlisberger’s value. At the same time, it’s also some evidence that the Steelers’ passing game has found a rhythm, going beyond the pitch-and-catch between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown that marked their early-season attack. So, don’t expect six touchdowns every week, but Big Ben should be a viable QB1 the rest of the way. Having the Jets and Titans up the next two weeks, even on the road, can help Roethlisberger solidify that status. Fisher: I’m going to need a couple more six touchdown weeks to rank Roethlisberger as a legit QB1. Had Big Ben put up even just really good weeks (25 points or so) he’d fall roughly 30 points in the rankings and be hovering right around the Top 10 mark, not good enough for a QB still not through his bye week. Bouyed by the past two weeks Roethlisberger should finish 2014 as a QB1, but don’t necessarily expect Top 10 production from the Steelers QB the rest of the way. Hetherington: I think this is a hot streak for Big Ben – he’s probably not going to throw six touchdowns in another game this year - but I also believe he’s emerged as a QB1. The Steelers offence as a whole has been on the upswing in recent weeks and adding deep threat Martavis Bryant has done wonders for Roethlisberger. Facing the Jets and Titans before their Week 12 bye, don’t expect Ben to cool down any time soon. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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