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Blazer fans, welcome your new fearless leader, Damian Lillard.
The buzz around Lillard grew throughout the summer, into camp and more during the preseason. Then, in a season-opening win over the LA Lakers, it boiled over even more. It’s for good reason – the No. 6 overall pick scored 23 points and had 11 assists in his professional debut. That’s great.
But that wasn’t his biggest contribution.
He came through the biggest on what was probably his worst decision of the night. And it was a missed shot.
It came early in the game when the 6-3, 195-pound Lillard tried to dunk over the hulking 6-11, 265-pound Dwight Howard.
Lillard got stuffed, fell to the ground and the ball went out of bounds.
This play, this one unspectacular offensive play, proved to everyone in Portland that Damian Lillard is here to play ball and he is not backing down from anyone. He saw an opportunity and he tried to seize it. Sure, the smarter play is to float the ball over Howard. But it was the rookie’s fi...
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The Blazers came out with massive amounts of energy on opening night in the Rose Garden, and a balanced team effort led by Nicolas Batum and rookie Damian Lillard sparked the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.Head coach Terry Stotts' team-oriented motion offense is a far cry from former coach Nate McMillan's plodding, isolation offense...
Wednesday night the Lakers face off against the Portland Trailblazers. If you’re wondering who you should be checking out for the next generation of the NBA, Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard should absolutely be on your list. In the mean time, take a peek at episode 4, “Orientation” of his web series “License to [...]
First road challenge
The Portland Trail Blazers started their season off on the right foot with a 116-106 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, but now it’s time to take their act on the road against the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Matchup: Portland (1-0) @ Oklahoma City (0-1)
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Time: 5:00 PM PT
Portland iced in loss
The Headline: Despite doing everything else right the Blazers can’t make their shots, landing their first loss of the season.
Portland Trail Blazers 92, Oklahoma City Thunder 106
When: 8:00 ET, Friday, November 2, 2012
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Officials: James Capers, John Goble, Pat Fraher
1. Wes alive...
Tweet Sometimes it’s easy to forget Kevin Durant is 6’9″, like when he shoots three-pointers with a stroke that a decent amount of guards in the NBA would like to have. Or when he effortlessly causes Sasha Pavlovic of the Portland Trail Blazers lose his balance with a crossover. Then there’s Durant’s ability to [...]
When he’s not attempting to punch dudes in the junk during the Olympics, Portland Trail Blazer, Nicolas Batum, spends his Wednesday nights posterizing perennial defensive players of the year. Watch Batum take Pau Gasol to the hole and finish hard in the face of shot-blocking extraordinaire, Dwight Howard. Yikes! This jam by Nicolas Batum came with about 7:00 minutes to go...
Time for Road Redemption
The Portland Trail Blazers looked outstanding in their opening-night matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, but a lack of depth on the roster was exposed in their first road contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Can they take down a team more on their level come Saturday night?
Matchup: Portland (1-1) @ Houston Rockets (2-0)
Venue: Toyota Center, HOUSTON...
It’s amazing what a difference six months can make.
It was just over six months ago when the Portland Trail Blazers played their last NBA regular season game. It was a loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz, which left the Blazers ten games under .500 and eight games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The loss also meant that Portland had ended the season riding...
The Portland Trail Blazers opened the season last night hosting their longtime rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. The crowd fed the Blazers energy early on and carried it throughout the night. A happy Halloween it was for Rip City as the Blazers held on for a 116-106 victory.
A big key to last night’s game was the aggressiveness of the Blazers. I saw little to no hesitation in these...
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...
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum dunked over Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard in the third quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game at the Rose Garden.
Batum dribbled around Devin Ebanks and Pau Gasol before finishing the play with a two handed slam.
Batum scored 26 points and 6 rebounds in the game to lead the Blazers in a 116-106 victory over the...
In the midst of the fervor and hoopla surrounding the state of Oregon's two undefeated college football teams last Saturday, in the midst of the countdown to the start of a conservatively promising Portland Trail Blazers season, during the climax of the World Series, and hidden behind the looming disaster of a ferocious hurricane and upcoming elections, the Portland Timbers...
While the Lakers have started 0-2, the new look Portland Trail Blazers scored their first victory of the season at the Rose Garden.
In the third quarter of the game, watch as Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum throws down this nasty dunk on Lakers center Dwight Howard:
PORTLAND -- The Los Angeles Lakers may yet work themselves into position to be a bonafide contender for the NBA championship. They're a long way from that point now. Portland forward Nicolas Batum scored 26 points and got plenty of scoring help from his teammates as the Trail Blazers toppled the Lakers 116-106 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. It was the second loss in...