Found November 05, 2012 on
Oregon Sports News:
Coming into this NBA season, I was fully prepared to sugar coat a below-par season from these Portland Trail Blazers. Even after the Halloween night upset of the Lakers, I thought maybe it was just a fluke type of win. But then my tone changed strangely enough in the loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LaMarcus Aldridge is the leader of this team and has never really been known for his leadership, grit or fight. He is seen around the league as a big guy with a nice touch on his midrange jumper, an adequate defender, and a very athletic power forward.
Friday night against the Thunder, I saw a different Aldridge. His shot wasn't falling the way he is used to but instead of giving up, he grit his teeth and contributed to his team in other ways. He looked like a leader on the floor, he hauled in 15 rebounds (double his career average), and he kept shooting. As the buzzer sounded, the Blazers had lost the game but there was a different atmosphere about this team; they had bought i...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
For the sake of the bench
J.J. Hickson has been outstanding as the starting center for the Portland Trail Blazers this season. He is averaging 10.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and has exceeded the expectations of those who thought his 6’9” frame would be a hindrance when it came to his success on the low block.
So why exactly would the team move him aside for rookie center Meyers Leonard...
Many, including myself have said the Portland Trail Blazers would not be very good this season. This may still prove to be true. But if nothing else, the Blazers may become a team of intrigue. Through three games, the Blazers have defeated the Lakers, Rockets, and played a solid game against the Oklahoma City, narrowly losing to the Thunder in their home opener to begin the...
Fear The Beard? Not PDX
The Portland Trail Blazers have impressed early in the 2012-13 season, and that trend was no different on the road against the Houston Rockets.
Both teams are now 2-1 on the season, but only the Blazers escaped Saturday night with a hard-fought victory.
The final score was 95-85 in Portland’s favor, and there were a handful of key elements to the victory...
One rebuilding squad meets another
The Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks have split the last 15 regular season meetings eight games to seven in the Mavs’ favor. Three of those games have gone into at least one overtime, and all of them have been decided by an average of just five points.
Matchup: Portland (2-1) @ Dallas Mavericks (2-1)
Venue: American Airlines Center...
The way LaMarcus Aldridge was playing on Saturday night, Damian Lillard knew the Rockets would focus on the Trail Blazers' star in overtime.
When the rookie started getting more open looks, he delivered.
Lillard scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and the Trail Blazers slowed down James Harden in a 95-85 win over Houston.
''(Aldridge) had it rolling, he...
Rookie Damian Lillard scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers slowed down James Harden in a 95-85 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Lillard and Nicolas Batum each made a 3 to help Portland open an 87-81 lead early in overtime. Harden then made a pair of free throws before Lillard converted a reverse layup. His second 3 of overtime...
Prior to this year’s NBA draft most people didn’t know who Damian Lillard was. He was a two star recruit out of high school and played at Weber State for four years. Nothing really special in that, but wherever he played he was a worthy scorer and passer. He led the NCAA in scoring his senior year with 24.5 points a game. Although he hasn’t always competed against the stiffest...