Found November 05, 2012 on
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Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers
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 season 2-1.
Damian Lillard is playing up to, if not beyond, expectations, averaging 21.3 PPG, 9 APG, and 4 RPG. To be honest, all of the Trail Blazers’ starters are playing well. LaMarcus Aldridge is picking up where he left off last year. Nicolas Batum is too. Unfortunately, that means he is playing inconsistent. J.J. Hickson, despite being undersized at the center position, is playing with a lot of energy and is averaging nearly a double-double per game. Wesley Matthews is the go to guy on the defensive end and has moments in which he is a knock down outside shooter. Collectively, the Blazers’ starte...
BEST OF MAXIM
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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...
There are only a few teams in the NBA that seem to have a chance of being good year in and year out. In most cases, a team will get hot for a few years, then age and free agency will take its toll, and that once great team will begin to shuffle to the back of the line. As quickly as they rose to basketball prominence, they turn into a team that struggles to stay above 500 and struggles...
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...
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...
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...
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...