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On Steve Blake and the 14 assists

Did you notice that former Terp Steve Blake tied an NBA record for assists in one quarter last Sunday? He had 14 in the first period in Portland's win over the Clippers.

Oh, my goodness. It just goes to show what hard work -- plus playing in the right system -- can do for you.

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"Steve is the total right fit in Portland," Dave Telep of scout.com told me when Blake signed with the Blazers. Portland is full of talented young players eager for someone -- Blake -- to throw them the ball.

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