2014/15 Portland Trailblazers: Rising Sideways

<img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1708" src="" alt=""<strong" /> (LaMarcus Aldridge & Damian Lillard by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)   It’s that magical time of year in the NBA, when hope springs eternal and...
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McGee returns in preseason loss to Portland

BOULDER- Tuesday night marked a preseason low in points for the Denver Nuggets, falling 93-75 to the Portland Trailblazers at Coors Events Center. Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had a game high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win, Damian Lillard added 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting. BOXSCORE: Trailblazers 93,Nuggets 75 Denver shot just 33 percent from the floor...
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Aldridge leads Blazers over Nuggets with 20 points

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland's 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday. Lillard had 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with six assists and Wesley Matthews was 4 for 7 from beyond the arc for 17 points for the Blazers, who next face the Lakers. Wilson Chandler had a team-high 13 points and Darrell Arthur...
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Blazers look to build on solid foundation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Not a whole lot has changed for the Portland Trail Blazers. The starting five - LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Robin Lopez, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews - are all returning to a team that won 54 games and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals last season. Most of the Blazers' bench is likewise back. The only two additions the team made in...
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Will The Portland Trail Blazers Have A “Top-Ten Defense” This Season?

During this time of year for teams in the NBA, each team sets a few goals for each player, as well as for the team overall. For the Portland Trail Blazers’ individual players, this ranged from learning to shoot three-point shots better (LaMarcus Aldridge, who said he’s extended his range comfortably to the corners) to learning to stay in front of opponents on defense (Damian...
Via Oregon Sports News
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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Center Rankings

Overall Ranks | C Ranks | SF Ranks | PF Ranks | SG Ranks | PG Ranks 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Center Rankings ConsensusCMikeChrisEsten 1Anthony Davis - NO111 2Kevin Love - Cle232 3DeMarcus Cousins - Sac324 4LaMarcus Aldridge - Por443 5Serge Ibaka - OKC655 6Al Jefferson - Cha566 7Dirk Nowitzki - Dal877 8Blake Griffin - LAC798 9Joakim Noah - Chi989...
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NBA 30 Teams/30 Days Preview: Trail Blazers on the rise with Lillard, Aldridge

Editor's note: This is the 17th of Sam Amico's 30 NBA team previews entering the 2014-15 season. Projected Starters C Robin Lopez; PF LaMarcus Aldridge; SF Nicolas Batum; SG Wesley Matthews; PG Damian Lillard. Key Reserves PG Steve Blake; PF Thomas Robinson; C Chris Kaman; SG Will Barton; SF Dorrell Wright; C Joel Freeland; C Meyers Leonard; G C.J. McCollum; SF Victor Claver...
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2014-15 Season Preview: Portland Trailblazers

One of the quietest teams in the league made a lot of noise last post season in an epic battle with the favored Houston Rockets.  Thanks in large part to LaMarcus Aldridge’s monster series and Damian Lillard’s last second shot in game 6, the Blazers advanced to the second round.  The bad news for the Blazers came with their second round opponent, the eventual champions, the...
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Matthews helps Trail Blazers beat Clippers 119-114

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wesley Matthews scored 22 points, Portland was 17 of 25 from 3-point range and the Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-114 in an exhibition game Sunday night. Matthews made 6 of 7 3-point attempts to lead Portland to its first preseason win in three games. C.J. McCullum made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points. Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge not focused on NBA TV deal, still wants to retire as best Blazer ever

When LaMarcus Aldridge first got on the team, I thought he was destined to be the second or even third fiddle team on the Portland Trail Blazers. Brandon Roy was leading the go-to guy for the Blazers then and Greg Oden had so much potential coming into the league. Now Roy is retired and Oden is barely hanging on as he went through multiple injuries and personal problems. Aldridge...
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A New Era Of Portland Trail Blazers Basketball

The Championship team of 1977. Up-and-down 80’s. Clyde the Glide. There have been a whole variety of eras in Portland Trail Blazers basketball history. Some good, some bad. One title, numerous playoff runs, fourteen head coaches, and a lot of headaches. In the moment, it is hard to name recognize the era we are in. But 10 years from now, we may look back on this era of Blazers...
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Does NBA's new mega TV deal jeopardize LaMarcus Aldridge's pledge to sign extension?

The NBA is primed for a financial windfall thanks to a lucrative new contract extension with its national television broadcast partners. The NBA announced on Monday that it has reached a new nine-year agreement with Walt Disney and Turner Broadcasting, ensuring that national TV games continue to air exclusively on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. The networks reportedly will pay a whopping...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

New TV Deal Unlikely To Impact LaMarcus Aldridge's Free Agency

The NBA's new television deal won't have an impact on whether LaMarcus Aldridge signs a long-term deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a source. Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is. Afterward, he would receive 7.5 percent increases each year for the length of his deal...
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Portland Trail Blazers 2014 Player Spotlight – Robin Lopez

As the 2014-15 NBA season opener inches closer, I’ll be breaking down each player on the Trail Blazers expected to contribute to the team’s success. Today, we feature Sideshow Bob…or as most of you know him, Robin Lopez. (Stats provided by How Did He Do Last Year? When Portland General Manager Neil Olshey traded for Lopez before last season, the general reaction was...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: How Far Can They Go?

The offsetting buzz has been around the teams making blockbuster trades, like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. A big question in the minds of Trail Blazer fans is regarding how their team stacks up against other teams in the NBA that have recently acquired big name free agents. Do LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, and company have what it takes to defeat championship caliber...
Via The League News
18 days ago  |  1 Comment

Portland Trail Blazers season preview: Roster analysis

Just when you think that the Western Conference couldn’t get any tougher, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to pop into the mix. After the Blazers surprisingly knocked off the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs last year, fans and teams alike began to take notice of the potential that resides in this talented team. The Trail Blazers are a team that looks like they will...
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Just A Few Things – Portland Trail Blazers Check Up

This past month, we have been in the slowest part of the NBA season. Free agency is over, the draft is over, and summer league is over. It isn’t until training camp starts up that things heat back up in the NBA world. Although it has been slow, there are a few things that have happened this past month that have to do with the Portland Trail Blazers. I will go over those things...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster by position

How do they rank? Point guard. Shooting guard. Small forward. Power forward. Center. The Portland Trail Blazers, like all 30 NBA teams, have them, but which position ranks the best on the roster entering the 2014-15 season? When ranking these positions, a few things come to mind. First is past production. What did the players at each spot do last season, and what has each player...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Preview Spotlight – LaMarcus Aldridge

The middle of September is usually about three things in the American sports world: the NFL, college football, and the MLB pennant race. Even with pro football’s ongoing and mounting troubles regarding the mental health of it’s players, as long as there is gambling and fantasy football, it will have a place in the sports world–though I don’t like it. But this won’t be about...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Call To The Hall: LaMarcus Aldridge

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still weeks away.  So now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit over current NBA players’ career accomplishments to see if they are Hall of Fame worthy or not.  Next up: LaMarcus Aldridge   LaMarcus Aldridge...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of an exciting season last year, and are poised to take another step forward in the Western Conference. They were extremely happy with the improvement that Damian Lillard made, and once again were given an impressive season by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. It will be interesting to see […] Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge best highlights from 2013-14 NBA season

LaMarcus Aldridge had a career season last year. He averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds for the 2013-14 season. Aldridge had two 30-20 games and put up back-to-back 40-plus-point games in the playoffs. The NBA put together a highlight video of his banner campaign right here: When it comes to the best power forwards in the league, LaMarcus Aldridge is definitely in that conversation...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers X-factor in 2014-15 NBA season

Who Will Step Up? When it comes to the Portland Trail Blazers, you know what you’re going to get out of the starting lineup. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the go-to options on offense, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum will impact the perimeter on both ends of the floor and Robin Lopez will do the dirty work so the rest of the crew doesn’t have to. The...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant withdraws from Team USA, won't play in FIBA World Cup

Losing the reigning MVP and the best player on the roster is awful news for Team USA. Without Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love, this still looked like a nearly unbeatable team. That is not the case anymore. Durant was supposed to start at power forward. The logical question now: Could USA Basketball rethink the Love situation as a result of this?
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers could look to acquire David West?

The Indiana Pacers are still in shock following the horrific leg injury that Paul George suffered last Friday night, and are still deciding what to do in the aftermath of the injury. They have been rumored to be pushing hard to sign Shawn Marion, but they have also considered making some trades and trying to break up the core of the team and start over. If the Pacers do decide to...
Via Sports-Glory
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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