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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 a seven-game losing streak, going 4-10 in the final month of the season.
It was safe to say that the lockout-shortened season had been a disaster for the Blazers.
Portland’s all-star, LaMarcus Aldridge, had been sidelined for the final eight games due to season-ending hip surgery. Offseason pickups Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford were both giant busts, Nicolas Batum’s future with the team was in question due to contract issues and there wasn’t anything close to a long-term center on the Blazers’ roster. Then to make matters worse, the team was without a GM or head coach and had been for some time.
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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...
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 [...]
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...
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...
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...
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 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...