The Portland Trail Blazers at the All-Star break

The Portland Trail Blazers streaked into the All-Star break winning three straight and 12 of their last 15 games. To say the Blazers have overachieved this season by reaching 27-27 at the break with a team that is $14.5 million under the minimum salary cap is an understatement. Initially it appeared general Manager Neil Olshey assembled this team for the purpose of maintaining Portland’s...
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Portland Trail Blazers At Mid-Season – Exactly Where We Thought They Were Going To Be

Did anyone read this? Or, the last paragraph of this column? No? Good, because I didn’t write those columns. My malicious, less intelligent, less handsome, link obsessed, twin did. It’s fairly obvious when reading those articles that my lesser-half knows nothing about basketball, but he alone is solely responsible for those abominations of sports literature. But, that’s what...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lillard scores 31 as surging Blazers beat Rockets 116-103

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard sparked a second-quarter outburst for the Portland Trail Blazers and finished with 31 points and nine assists in a 116-103 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Maurice Harkless set season highs with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who moved past Houston into a tie with Utah for seventh place in the Western Conference standings...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Playoff Heat Check – February Edition

The Portland Trail Blazers are heading into the NBA’s All-Star Break as legitimate playoff contenders. At 26-27, they’re ninth in the Western Conference—just half a game behind the No. 8 Houston Rockets—and their chances of making the postseason have seemingly increased following the (likely) season-ending foot injury to Marc Gasol. Let me repeat this for those who are just...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets-Trail Blazers Preview

Allen Crabbe believes the Portland Trail Blazers have learned how to lock down defensively during a surprising push that has them eyeing a playoff spot. They've already shown that ability against the high-scoring Houston Rockets. In a matchup between teams vying for eighth place in the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers hope to head into the All-Star break with their 12th win...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum is already 2016’s Most Improved Player

The Portland Trail Blazers, in their quest for a playoff spot this season, have proven many doubters wrong who questioned their ability to remain competitive in the Western Conference.  Point guard Damian Lillard is unquestionably the team’s leader and best player, but it would be unfair to place all of their success on him alone.  One of the major keys to the Blazers’ success...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 2/8

Hey all. Normally, I’d break down the week the Portland Trail Blazers had before delving into the games this week, but a tragedy happened to me last week that transcends sports, transcends life itself for me. It’s about my dog Rocket. Rocket was bought by me a few years ago as a tiny puppy; she could fit in the cupped palms of my hands when we first got her. She was shy and timid...
Via Oregon Sports News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers-Grizzlies Preview

Not much was expected of the Portland Trail Blazers after losing four starters from last year's playoff team, but they've been able to rebuild on the fly. Damian Lillard led the way in the first meeting with Memphis and C.J. McCollum shined in the second before the Grizzlies finally managed to slow them in the third. Now defensive-minded Memphis looks to replicate that performance...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan incredible alley-oop slam dunk against Trail Blazers

As the Raptors continue their amazing start to the regular season, DeMar DeRozan will take part in the All-Star Game for the second time in his career as Toronto hosts the event this year. Tonight, the Raptors faced off against the Portland Trail Blazers and in the first quarter, Kyle Lowry was able to find DeRozan for an amazing alley-oop dunk: DeMar DeRozan, everybody! *** DeRozan...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lillard isn't an All-Star, but this stat says he really should be

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is a franchise player in almost every way. Right now he's averaging 24.0 points and 7.2 assists per game—both numbers are the best of his career—but, somehow, wasn't voted into this month's All-Star game after making it the past two years.Even though this stat is more complimentary of Lillard's entire four-year career than how...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard is 2016’s biggest All-Star snub

For the second year in a row, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was not selected to be in the NBA All-Star Game.  Thankfully, he got to replace an injured Blake Griffin in last year’s contest, but this year, Lillard is on the outside looking in as he prepares to watch the game from home for the first time since his rookie year. Lillard was once again snubbed from...
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Blazers guard C.J. McCollum launching high school journalism program

In recent years, a rising chorus of professional athletes has expressed disdain for the media that cover them. C.J. McCollum is going in a different direction. The Trail Blazers guard, enjoying a career year with 20.8 points per game, has launched a journalism program for students at nearby Madison High School. According to The Oregonian, McCollum’s program will be called “C...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Shut Down DeMarcus Cousins, Beat Sacramento Kings 112-97

Fresh off setting the top mark for scoring in an NBA game this season and breaking single game franchise record with 56 points, DeMarcus Cousins looked to continue his recent hot streak against the Trail Blazers.  His blazing trail did end in the Rose City for Cousins as Portland limited him to 4-21 shooting and shot 9-17 from the free throw line, finishing with only 17 points...
Via The Sports Journal
17 days ago  |  Discuss

You may not know about C.J. McCollum now, but you will soon

C.J. McCollum spots up from the left wing. He’s far beyond the arc. It doesn’t matter. He sinks it. Blazers lead the Wizards 7-0.Only three minutes later, he heads to the same spot but this time, he’s farther back. He retrieves the ball, clearly feels hot, leaves his feet again. For a second time, swish. Portland now up 11.That’s been routine this year. The 20-26 Trail Blazers...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t expect Damian Lillard in Toronto if he’s not an All-Star

It’s all or nothing for Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard. If he isn’t named one of the reserves for the 2016 All-Star game, don’t expect him to be in Toronto that weekend. Damian Lillard said that if he isn’t selected as an All-Star he does not plan to be in the 3-point shootout or in Toronto at all. — Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) January 25...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Portland's Stotts the best teacher in the NBA?

The Portland Trail Blazers are not contending for a championship this season, but their head coach, Terry Stotts, won't let his players believe anything different. Every day he preaches the playoffs, and once you're in the playoffs, absolutely everything stays on the table.Here's more on the job Stotts is doing with this young Trail Blazers roster, per The Columbian:Portland's offense...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blazers' Unusual Rebuild

As quickly as the Portland Trail Blazers transformed themselves from a 33-win team in 12-13 to a 50-win playoff team in both 13-14 and 14-15, the franchise just as quickly begins another rebuilding process. The Blazers lost four of their five starters, as well as their 6th man in the offseason. The Blazers did offset the complete change of course by signing Damian Lillard to a maximum...
Via RealGM - NBA
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard releases rap song in honor of MLK Day

Like many NBA players before him, Damian Lillard makes rap songs on the side. Unlike most NBA players before him, Damian Lillard is really good at rapping. The Trailblazers point guard released a song called “Bigger Than Us” in honor of Martin Luther King Day condemning racism and police brutality and demanding change while also praising the work of previous civil rights...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard has Portland thinking playoffs

Last season was odd for the Portland Trail Blazers. They went 51-31 and made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers could not capture the magic they had in the 2014 playoffs, when they won their first postseason series since the year 2000. In the 2015 playoffs, they struggled against the slow, grind-it-out pace of the Grizzlies. Then...
Via Crossover Chronicles
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum acknowledges trade chatter

For now, the Portland Trail Blazers don’t have any plans to trade breakout star CJ McCollum. There’s a general theory budding, though, that Portland should dangle the guard on the open market ahead of the February 18 NBA trade deadline and sell high to get more help in the frontcourt. John Canzano of the Oregonian suggested as much in a recent column. In an interesting turn of...
Via The Sports Daily
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Portland’s portal of opportunity is open after a wild Wednesday

The Portland Trail Blazers have not been at the forefront of the race for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference this season. That might soon change. Heck, Wednesday night might have already altered the dynamic in the wild, wild West. While the extremely bipolar Sacramento Kings — winners in Toronto, Indiana, and Oklahoma City — fell behind the New Orleans Pelicans...
Via Crossover Chronicles
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Jason Kidd to undergo hip surgery, out indefinitely

The Milwaukee Bucks really are trying their hardest to channel their inner Golden State Warriors. Bucks head coach Jason Kidd indicated after the team’s win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday that he will be out indefinitely and is going to undergo right hip surgery on Monday: Jason Kidd will undergo right hip surgery on Monday in New York and be out indefinite time period. Joe...
Via Sportsnaut
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

The next time Mason Plumlee hears the Rihanna track "B***h Better Have My Money," it will probably remind him of Jimmy Butler.Which would be understandable given that the Chicago Bulls' shooting guard has made it very public that he plans to ask the Portland Trail Blazer to pay the $2,500 fine he drummed up when the team's faced off earlier this week.The fine stemmed from an incident...
Via Yardbarker
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

92-year-old Trail Blazers fan gets wish, meets Damian Lillard

A 92-year-old superfan named Merle attended her first Portland Trail Blazers game on Thursday night. Her favorite player is Damian Lillard and she was holding out hope she would get the chance to meet the star player. Courtesy of a social media movement featuring a plea via hashtag, her wish came true. A post on Twitter from Vital Life, a foundation “supports causes and resources...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

C.J. McCollum primed for a big year

Some people are just born to put the ball in the basket. In 2012, I went to Lehigh University to visit my sister. The college life was exhilarating, but the highlight of the trip was undoubtedly attending a Mountain Hawks basketball game. Why? I got the chance to watch C.J. McCollum.  Ironically, Lehigh suffered one of its few losses on the night of my visit, but defeat failed...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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