Found February 06, 2013 on
Oregon Sports News:
It is well known that what separates the Portland Trail Blazers from being a bona fide playoff contending team and a pretending playoff team is their bench. What is disheartening is that their bench is home to a number of their recent first round draft choices. One of those former first round picks is point guard Nolan Smith, the Blazers 21st selection from Duke in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Over the course of last season and for most of this season, Smith has been a disappointment. The 2011-12 season was a debacle for all Blazers involved. It was expected that in a lockout shortened year in which Nate McMillan, the Blazers’ head coach, was fired, it would be hard for any rookie to find a groove. The hope was that Smith would battle this year’s first round pick Damian Lillard for the starting point guard spot. Obviously Lillard left Smith at the starting line. But not only did Smith not push Lillard for the starting spot, he hasn’t played well enough to deserve back up minutes.
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Throughout his NBA career, LaMarcus Aldridge has become one of the best power forwards in the game. He’s an inside-outside threat, he’s a two-time All-Star and his game has improved drastically since the departure of Brandon Roy.
So why would we want to move the big man away from his natural position?
Simply put, he has the potential to be even better as the Portland...
The Portland Trail Blazers have begun to establish a bit of a history with the Dallas Mavericks. Whether it’s Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, LaMarcus Aldridge‘s game-winner in 2012 or the most recent matchup that involved both an improbable comeback and a last-second shot in Portland’s favor.
Matchup: Portland (25-23) @ Dallas Mavericks (20-28)
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers avoid a late collapse and hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 on Monday night.
Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers, but they each had five of the team's season-high 28 turnovers. The Blazers never trailed in the game, but the Wolves had...
LaMarcus Aldridge came up big down the stretch in carrying the Portland Trail Blazers to victory in their last game.
That probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to the Dallas Mavericks.
A week after his buzzer beater buried the Mavericks, Aldridge will again look to frustrate one of his favorite opponents when the Trail Blazers visit Dallas on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS - In a matter of minutes, the Portland Trail Blazers went from cruise control to crisis, from a comfortable lead to a nail-biting finish. "The fourth quarter didn't go the way we wanted it to,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts deadpanned after his team's 100-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Down 19 after three quarters at Target...
Coming off a 105-99 big win against the Utah Jazz that saw the Portland Trail Blazers (25-23) tighten up the Northwest Division of the NBA’s Western Conference, Portland had to hold out against the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-27) until the very last second in a 100-98 win.
Portland entered the fourth quarter leading the T-Wolves 77-58, a relatively large margin by...