2014 NBA playoffs: Previewing Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

Rip City vs. Clutch City The Portland Trail Blazers are returning to the NBA playoffs, and their first-round matchup will be against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. No. 5 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets Portland (54-28), Houston (54-28) Game 1: Sunday, April 20 6:30 PM PT | TNT/KGW Regular Season Series D12 or L.A.? Who will thrive in Round...
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NBA Western Conference First Round Preview – How Each Matchup Will Impact The Portland Trail Blazers ☆

The playoffs kick off this weekend, and most notably, the Portland Trail Blazers are in the postseason for the first time since the 2010-11 season when they lost to Dallas in the first round. LaMarcus Aldridge is the only starter from that season still with the team, although Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum had big roles off the bench in what would become Brandon Roy’s final...
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Blazers get season finale with win over Clippers

Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez each got what they wanted by starting in all 82 regular season games, the first time the Portland Trail Blazers have had four guys in the same season accomplish such a feat. The also got the win they wanted in the season finale by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 at the Moda Center Wednesday night. Portland...
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Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 24

Light at the End of the Tunnel The 2014 NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Portland Trail Blazers have locked up a first-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. Following a week that saw Portland go 3-0, the team from the Pacific Northwest has just one game to go. The recent win over the Golden State Warriors was arguably the most important victory of the year, but...
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Curry has 47, but Warriors fall 119-117 to Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 119-117 despite a season-high 47 points from Golden State's Stephen Curry.
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Cheer Mob Put On By Blazer Gang

Where? Lloyd Center When? April 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM Blazer Gang, an up and coming fan page of the Portland Trail Blazers, have put together a Flash Mob type event. They are calling it a ‘Cheer Mob’. Will this be the new YouTube craze? We’ll soon find out. Blazer Gang has partnered with other social media pages such as LaMarcus Aldridge for MVP, Press Station, Blazers Fan...
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Portland Trail Blazers – A Year Of Exceeded Expectations

Before the NBA season began I was cautiously optimistic with what General Manager Neil Olshey was able to do over the offseason. Leading into the season, I wrote that my prediction was a team that would hover around .500 and fight for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Boy, how things have changed over the course of the season. Here we are in mid-April watching a Portland Trail...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 23

Officially In The Portland Trail Blazers are officially in the playoffs following a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, and it will be the first time the team plays a postseason game since 2011. Needless to say, the Blazers are ready to get back to the playoffs. This is an organization that is hungry to find success, and making the postseason is Step 1 toward making that happen...
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Portland Trail Blazers meet Toni and Candace in Portlandia sketch

We here at That NBA Lottery Pick are huge fans of the television show, “Portlandia” since we happen to be based in Portland, Oregon. Recently, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein got the opportunity to film a couple of sketches for an upcoming episode which featured many notable Trail Blazers players and the Blazer dance team. One of the sketches features Toni and Candace (from...
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Pelicans cut close in loss to Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Given an opportunity to clinch a postseason berth, the Trail Blazers made the most if it. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds and Portland earned a playoff spot for the first time in three seasons with a 100-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews added 21 points, Damian Lillard 20 and Nicolas Batum had 16 points and...
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Aldridge, Blazers top Pelicans to clinch playoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers clinched their first playoff appearance in three seasons with a 100-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
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Aldridge is still a go for the World Cup this summer

Despite dealing with a nagging back contusion that will likely linger the remainder of the season, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge plans to still compete with Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this summer. “I’m committed to playing,” Aldridge told “I don’t see how that would change.” His inside-outside game is perfect for...
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Portland Trail Blazers show urgency with 2014 NBA playoffs looming

Back on Track Wesley Mattews tried to warn you. When the Portland Trail Blazers experienced arguably their worst loss of the NBA season — a 124-94 debacle against the Charlotte Bobcats – Wesley Matthews was the one who took it personally, issuing a guarantee of sorts when challenged by a reporter. According to The Oregonian‘s Joe Freeman, an unnamed reported asked whether...
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Portland Trail Blazers: Momentum is picking up for the playoffs

The Portland Trail Blazers are so close to clinching a spot in this year’s playoff race. They had a chance to do it last night against a Phoenix Suns team that has proved to be a difficult matchup for the Blazers this season. The Suns like to go small with their lineups and proved they wanted it more than the Blazers as they seek the final playoff spot in the West, showcasing their...
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Portland Trail Blazers: The Disappearance of C.J. McCollum

Portland Trail Blazers: The Disappearance of C.J. McCollum By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Writer At Hoopstuff… The Blazers are on a four game win streak that coincides with LaMarcus Aldridge’s return to the team from a hip injury. The team is beginning to show signs of the offensive powerhouse that they were during the first two months of the season…..but they are doing so largely...
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Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 22

Back on Track? The 2014 NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Portland Trail Blazers are finally turning things around with LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup. In Week 22, Rip City went 3-2 in matchups against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. More importantly, the team saw LaMarcus Aldridge return, and the team closed...
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NBA Fantasy Stud Of The Night: Apr 2nd ☆

(LaMarcus Aldridge & Pau Gasol by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Every morning The Hoops Manifesto scours the boxscores from the previous night’s NBA games to find which player helped out his fantasy owner the most.  If you are here looking for a different kind of NBA Fantasy Stud, you are at the wrong place.  Pervert.  LaMarcus Aldridge vs Lakers 12-20 FG, 7-8 FT...
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Lillard, Aldridge play big in Blazers 124-112 win over Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers win the season series 2-1 against the Los Angeles Lakers after an 124-112 win at Staples Center on Tuesday night. Portland (49-27) has now won four straight games. Damian Lillard had a bounce in his step, attempting to smash everything once he stepped foot in the paint. He went for 34 points and eight assists. The reigning Rookie of the Year was also...
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Grizz fall to Blazers, lose hold on eighth in West

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A healthy LaMarcus Aldridge makes a world of difference for the Portland Trail Blazers. Aldridge scored 28 points in his third game back from injury and the Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to three games with a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. "Whether he's scoring or not, just getting him touches has a big effect on...
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Aldridge's 26 lead Blazers past Grizzlies, 105-98

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points in his third game back from injury and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to three games with a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
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LaMarcus Aldridge is exactly what Trail Blazers needed

The difference between having and missing LaMarcus Aldridge has been night and day for the Portland Trail Blazers. The All-Star power forward missed seven games with a back injury in a March 12 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and his team went 3-4 during that stretch. But they are 2-0 since he returned Thursday and enter Sunday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies (9 p.m...
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Portland Trail Blazers: Early season success has disappeared

What once was a Portland Trail Blazers team at the top of the Western Conference standings early in the season has turned into a struggling squad trying to find its way. The Blazers 6-9 record in the month of March won’t cut it if they want to maintain their status as the fifth seed in the west. The Trail Blazers currently have a record of 46-27, but Golden State (44-27), Memphis...
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Three Hits: Sliding Hawks' playoff hopes far from lost

ATLANTA -- Three observations as the Hawks fell 100-85 to the Trail Blazers on Thursday night. 1. The Hawks' playoff hopes took another hit A fifth straight loss, coupled with the Knicks being idle leaves Atlanta just 1 1/2 games up in the race for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It's a precarious spot, but if there's a silver lining for the Hawks...
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Like the Warriors, the Portland Trail Blazers are Sleepers Entering the Playoffs

Nobody in the West wants to draw Lamarcus Aldridge (left), Damian Lillard (right) and the Portland Trail Blazers in the postseason – Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports The 2014 NBA Playoffs are upon us, and what could be more intriguing than the Western Conference? Having a stacked group of teams entering the postseason, the two squads battling it out for the eight...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Aldridge To Play For First Time In Seven Games

LaMarcus Aldridge will return to the Portland Trail Blazers' lineup for the first time in seven games on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks. Aldridge was out with a back injury suffered during a nasty fall on March 12. “I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.” Aldridge said he still feels some pain in the back when he runs, but he said...
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