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It has not been a bad season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers. 8-12 through twenty games is not awful for a team in a rebuilding year, and the team is showing signs of competing in the Western Conference within two years. Not that the fans are happy with that. Many things have gone right through the first quarter of the season, many things have gone wrong, but the future looks productive for the Blazers.
1) Damian Lillard’s Shooting. During the draft, the Blazers selection of Lillard out of Weber State seemed to be a baffling move. How would he be able to score against professional level competition? Very well, as it turns out. 18.9 points per game, good enough for second amongst all point guards in the league. Lillard is shooting 43 percent from the field, and a respectable 38 percent from three point land. Lillard’s scoring touch has made many that criticized his selection eat their words.
2) The Domination of LaMarcus Aldridge. If
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After a two week hiatus of Rick’s Picks, we’re back to recognizing notable Portland Trail Blazers performances (question is, were there actually any to write of?).
Jokes aside, the Blazers have played less than stellar basketball over the last few weeks, and their record over that time (3-7 over the last 3 weeks) is telling of their struggles.
Poor bench play, a...
Easy part of the schedule?
The Portland Trail Blazers opened the 2012-13 season against playoff hopefuls and perennial contenders in their first six games. This was supposed to the easy part of their schedule, yet they’re just 4-6 since that “easy” part of their schedule began Nov. 12.
Matchup: Portland (8-12) vs. Toronto Raptors (4-16)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM...
Twenty games into the 2012-13 season, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves 8-12 with a fan base that is starting to head for the exits. Prior to their recent east coast road trip, the Blazers were hovering around the .500 mark. When the Blazers returned to the Rose City after 7 road games in 10 days in which they lost 5 of them and won 2 in overtime, Blazer fans’ optimism...
If you were to poll all the experts, reporters, or anyone in the know prior to the season, I promise you none of them had Portland Trailblazers‘ point guard Damian Lillard slotted as their favorite for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. I’ll admit to not knowing anything about him until he became the [...]The post Dommermuth: Just Who Is Damian Lillard? appeared first on OfficialHoops.
Every student dreads the word test. Some people thrive under pressure, some people shrink. But in school when all is said and done, if you fail the test, you fail the class.
Test time is here for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Expectations were extremely tempered when it came to the 7 game road trip this team came home from. After winning two overtime games against subpar...
Toronto's Amir Johnson has been ejected from a game against the Portland Trail Blazers for arguing with an official.
Johnson had words with referee David Jones while trying to take the ball from him following a Portland free throw. After Johnson was ejected, he threw his mouthpiece at Jones.
Fellow players had to restrain Johnson before he was escorted from the floor on Monday...
Blazers manage to hold things together
The Headline: playing without starters Nicolas Batum (back) and Wesley Matthews (hip), Portland comes up with a big win and halts their losing streak at two games.
Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers
When: 10:00 ET, Monday, December 10, 2012
Where: Rose Garden (Portland)
Officials: Rodney Mott, James Williams, David Jones
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in a game that was overshadowed by injuries for both sides.
Toronto also lost reserve Amir Johnson in the second half after he was ejected for arguing with an official. Johnson threw his mouthpiece and had to be restrained by his teammates...
Toronto big man Amir Johnson may be facing a suspension after chucking his mouthpiece at a referee during Monday night's game against the Trail Blazers.From the Bleacher Report:Between Portland center J.J. Hickson's free-throw attempts, Johnson got into an apparent argument with referee David Jones while trying to retrieve the basketball. As Jones made his way toward the...
Twenty games into the 2012-13 season, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves 8-12 with a fan base that is starting to head for the exits. Prior to their recent east coast road trip, the Blazers were hovering around the .500 mark. When the Blazers returned to the Rose City after 7 road games in 10 [...]
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The Portland Trail Blazers' lack of depth has been one of their major downfalls this season, which doesn't bode well with Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews nursing injuries.
There's a possibility neither will play Monday night as Portland seeks an eighth straight victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors, who have lost an NBA-high 13 road games.
After a 2-5 road trip...
Sam Bowie now admits he was not completely honest about the pain in his legs in the lead-up to the 1984 NBA draft, if that makes you feel any better, Portland Trail Blazers fans.
No, we didn’t think it would.
Bowie, the 7-foot-1 center out of Kentucky who was infamously taken one spot ahead of Michael Jordan, is the subject of an upcoming ESPN documentary to which Yahoo! Sports...
PORTLAND -- Would you believe three in a row for Sacramento? The Kings broke open a tight game early in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a 99-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden. DeMarcus Cousins collected 19 points and 12 rebounds and John Salmons contributed season highs in points (19) and assists (11) for the Kings...
How great can LA be?
Every NBA player has a ceiling, and it’s possible that the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge has hit his in his seventh season.
At 27 years old, LaMarcus Aldridge is the go-to option on his team, he’s a solid 20-points-per-game player and he is one of the best power forwards in the entire league. The question is, can he get even better?