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Damian Lillard‘s professional career is off to a roaring start. The rookie point guard for the Trail Blazers is the early leader for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 assists, while Hornets center Anthony Davis has battled injuries.
On the other end of Portland’s rookie spectrum is Meyers Leonard. The center out of Illinois has appeared in all 22 games and actually started two games, but his performance has fallen well short of his teammate’s. Leonard is averaging just 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, and in Thursday’s game against San Antonio, he had sort of an embarrassing moment.
Leonard got the ball at the left elbow and gathered himself for what he probably pictured would be a highlight-reel tomahawk dunk. Unfortunately for Leonard, he took off a bit too soon and ended up clanging the ball off the back of the rim and out of bounds. Instead of a highlight, Leonard provided a lowlight that might be a microcosm of his season so far.
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With a quarter of the NBA season behind us, we’re looking back and recapping the biggest contributors—and disappointments—for the 10-12 Trail Blazers so far.
MVP: LaMarcus Aldridge
Despite a lack of consistent play and physicality, it’s impossible to deny Aldridge’s contributions to this team.
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SOME NEVER LEARN
Former first-round draft pick Shawne Williams was arrested on drug charges earlier this week for the third time in five years.
Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard says he saw Portland's victory over San Antonio coming, and not just during the course of the game.
''I think this whole week we've been locked in as a team. It had that feel,'' Lillard said. ''Guys were excited to play.''
Lillard scored a career-high 29 points in Portland's 98-90 win over the Spurs...
Shawne Williams, a first-round NBA draft pick in 2006, has been arrested on drug charges after an officer patrolling a mall smelled marijuana coming from a car in the parking lot.
The officer asked Williams to get out of the Porsche on Thursday night. Police reported finding a partially smoked marijuana cigar, another blunt and a bottle of codeine cough syrup not prescribed to Williams...
Sam Bowie resents the fact that he is being accused of lying to the Portland Trail Blazers about the extent of his knee injury. Earlier this week, word surfaced that Bowie admitted in a documentary — which will air later this month on ESPNU — that he told doctors he didn’t feel anything when they tested his knee. However, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft said it...
Rookie guard Damian Lillard had a career-high 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight loss with a 98-90 victory Thursday night.
The Spurs, who have lost only six games this season, trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half but Manu Ginobili's layup cut the deficit to 89-85. J.J. Hickson answered for the Blazers with...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard says he saw Portland's victory over San Antonio coming, and not just during the course of the game.
"I think this whole week we've been locked in as a team. It had that feel," Lillard said. "Guys were excited to play."
Lillard scored a career-high 29 points in Portland's 98-90 win over the...
For Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday evening in Portland was a season-high type of night. Lillard led the Blazers to a 98-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in which the rookie scored 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished six assists.
For the Spurs, it was yet another back-to-back game on the road. With an aging core and the team still missing...
OLD MAN HOPS
To be honest, it's been awhile since we've posted a Tim Duncan dunk on this fair website but you need to check out this dunk he had during Thursday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Watch as the big fundamental throws it down on Trail Blazer forward Nicolas Batum:
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rookie point guard Damian Lillard outdueled All-Star Tony Parker, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off a late San Antonio Spurs surge to win 98-90 Thursday night at the Rose Garden. Lillard collected season highs in points (29) and rebounds (seven), and he had six assists. The 6-foot-3 Weber State product shot 11-for-22 from the field and 5-for-5 from the...
From the Adirondack Trail Blazers
Matt Leahy, the 2012 Adirondack Trail Blazers pitching coach has accepted the position of head coach for the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League. The Pecos League teams are located in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Leahy did a phenomenal job with Adirondack and was rewarded for a job well done. The Trail Blazers organization and fans will miss...
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard went hard last night and dropped 29 points in their 98-90 victory over the Spurs. Old man Tim Duncan had the highlight of the night though. Early in the game Tony Parker found Duncan on a classic pick and roll and Duncan finished with a huge dunk over Nicolas Batum. Check out the jam below.
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The Portland Trail Blazers are in a much less enviable position than the San Antonio Spurs, though they played to the Southwest Division leaders' level in a tough loss last month.
Both teams may look different this time around.
Portland could be without Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews for a second straight game Thursday night when it hosts San Antonio, which is coming off...
ROY candidates face off in PDX
The Portland Trail Blazers face off against the New Orleans Hornets to conclude the weekend, and it’s safe to say that the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year will be in the Rose Garden Sunday night.
Matchup: Portland (10-12) vs. New Orleans (5-17)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 6:00 PM PT
Date: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
With Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis both...