Hollinger's Insider Gems: Mar. 2, 2009

Observations on Portland's change of pace, the Pistons' big weekend and more

Updated: March 2, 2009, 2:00 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

1. One more note from here in Portland -- our Henry Abbott wrote about Portland's methodical pace and how they pushed it much more against the Spurs in the first half on Sunday, and I think there's a particular aspect to it that deserves more attention: LaMarcus Aldridge's ability to consistently outrun opposing big men.