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Portland Trail Blazers
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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 players.
It was Nicolas Batum, in particular, that caught my eye. He was everywhere – whether it was crashing the boards, getting to loose balls, creating shots and taking the open ones, or getting to the rim – he was there. He had a great game. This is something the Blazers need to see in a consistent form. If he can, then he is living up to that lucrative contract the organization was forced to match in order to retain him.
I have to give credit to Terry Stotts for the way the Blazers played last night. Stotts had a game plan and the Blazers knew exactly what that game plan was. I have to say that the...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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 [...]
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...
Rebound or Rebuild for PDX?
The 2011-12 Portland Trail Blazers saw their fair share of ups and downs, and in a lockout-shortened 66-game season, they could only muster 28 wins.
Needless to say, they experienced more downs than the aforementioned ups.
However, Portland went in to full-on rebuilding mode at the trade deadline by shipping off Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace, axing coach...
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
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 suffered three straight first-round playoff losses before their failure to qualify for the postseason in 2011-12 resulted in major changes for the franchise.
The Los Angeles Lakers' famous newcomers, meanwhile, didn't produce a victory in their much-anticipated opener.
The Trail Blazers begin their season at home Wednesday night against a Lakers...
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...
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...
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...
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:
New Look Blazers take huge win in opener
The Headline: with double digit points from each starter, the Blazers put up 116 points in this win to kick off the 2012-13 season.
Portland Trail Blazers 116, Los Angeles Lakers 106
When: 10:30 ET, Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland
Officials: Leon Wood, Tre Maddox, Bill Kennedy