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The Evolution of Danny Green Continues

Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs jumps for a rebound against Meyers Leonard #11 and Chris Kaman #35 of the Portland Trail Blazers on February 25, 2015 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Danny Green made a name for himself in 2013 when he set the record for made 3-pointers in an NBA Finals. Breaking onto the scene on the league’s...
Via The Sports Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Trade Deadline Preview

Now that the flash and spectacle of All-Star break is now squarely in the rearview mirror, it’s suddenly time to get serious about basketball, as the race for playoff positioning will begin in earnest once teams return to action later this week. Of course, with the Western Conference race maybe the most competitive in the history of the league, just about everybody outside of the...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Break Award Show Spectacular

With All-Star Weekend upon us, signifying the emotional (if not exactly mathematical) mid-point of the NBA season, it’s a logical time to take a step back, look at the season thus far, and see where it’s taken us. At the same time, we’re also in the heart of award season in Hollywood, with the Grammy’s just getting handed out, and the Oscars around the corner. Being Portland...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Aldridge returns and Blazers beat Wizards 103-96

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after saying he was going to have thumb surgery and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a Portland's 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists as the Blazers snapped two-game losing streak. Tied at 79 midway through the fourth quarter,...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Sink Or Swim Time For The Portland Trail Blazers

Minutes before tip-off of the Trail Blazers match up against the Boston Celtics, Portland announced that the diagnosis of LaMarcus Aldridge’s thumb injury was a little worse than thought. Portland Trail Blazers PR tweeted, “MRI confirms Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in left thumb. He will undergo surgery; out for 6-8 weeks.” Losing one of...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Time for the Knicks to Enter Full Tank Mode

Jason Smith #14 of the New York Knicks goes to the basket against Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The New York Knicks are the epitome of awful in the NBA. What’s even worse is that they are the only lower echelon team with a true superstar in Carmelo Anthony, meaning the talent around...
Via The Sports Journal
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 12/8

At 16-4, the Portland Trail Blazers have just about hit the quarter mark in the 2014-15 NBA season. Anybody and everybody can declare that kind of record a resounding success, and while Portland did fatten up on the impotent East (9-0 against Eastern Conference opponents, including home victories against Cleveland and Chicago), the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Houston...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Young Bench Player For The Portland Trail Blazers Will Step Up?

After a very successful 12 win and 3 loss month of November, the Portland Trail Blazers move into a tough December. Ten out of the sixteen games in the month are on the road. This will be a very telling month for the team. The early success is very similar to last season, but how the team is winning is a little different. Last season was a definite case of living and dying by the...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Portland Trail Blazers Are Bound For A Championship

By posting a 7-3 record up to date, the Portland Trail Blazers are one of the better teams in the NBA. Not only is the starting five is productive, but the bench is getting some time now and they are rising above the occasion. Here is the reason why Portland will go deep in the playoffs if they keep it up. In the last game against Brooklyn, Portland was without Nicholas Batum and...
Via Oregon Sports News
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard Shifts Philosophy From 'Brute' Center To Stretch Forward

Meyer Leonard was unsure of himself in his first two NBA seasons, when he was asked to be a traditional back-to-the-basket center. This season, Leonard has shown development in his shooting and has a more defined role as a shooting big man who can stretch the defense. "There are a lot of things I feel like that have gone against me,'' Leonard said. "And people are like, 'What the...
Via RealGM
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Blazers Exercise 15-16 Options On Leonard, McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum. Portland exercised its fourth-year team option on Leonard, who holds averages of 4.4 points (52.2% FG), 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 14.3 minutes in 109 games over two seasons with the Trail Blazers. The team selected Leonard with the 11th overall pick in the...
Via RealGM
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard hits amazing off-the-wall trick shot

Trick shots are always awesome. During Portland Trail Blazers practice, some of the players were trying to hit a shot by bouncing it off the side wall of the gym into the basket. Check out Meyers Leonard hitting that shot: After Leonard hit the shot, he did a cartwheel to celebrate it. The cartwheel might have been as good as the trick shot itself. You go, Meyers. Do your thing...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Who On The Portland Trail Blazers’ Bench Will Step Up This Season?

In my first articles, I gave explanations and breakdowns on the five starting players for the Portland Trail Blazers. They were first because they’re the best and most important players on the team; this is why, to be bluntly obvious, they’re starters. No one on the bench, on the other hand, doesn’t figure to play more than 18 minutes a game – at least, I hope so. Last year’s...
Via Oregon Sports News
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Portland Trail Blazers prospect has the highest upside entering 2014-15 NBA season?

Youth and Potential When you look at the Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season, it’s clear that there’s a monumental disparity between what the starters have done and what the bench has done in the recent past. In fact, the second unit has been the worst in the league in numerous categories for two years running, while the starters have been No. 1 in...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Can The Bench Be A Factor For The Portland Trail Blazers Next Season?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Ron Leyba, the lead editor of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.Com – good source of fantasy basketball news and rumors. You can follow @NBAFantasyInfo via Twitter or via Facebook for more updates. The Portland Trail Blazers recorded a breakaway season in 2014 – 2015. Rip City entered the campaign really strong and it very quickly reached...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Summer Of Love

Major fans of major league sports hate July in Oregon. It means waiting for NFL training camps, waiting for college football to explode. Again. If you’re not waiting, you probably checked on the NBA Summer League. The players make you believe greatness is in them until you notice third year players on the Portland Trail Blazers roster. Sure, Meyers Leonard needs court time to refine...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Salvation Lies Within

If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.  The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t have a draft pick, lacked the cap space to add a significant free agent, and the ones they did bring in are more glue than substance.  But this team’s future success isn’t dependent on outside talent, but more so on the current personnel getting better. I’m talking to you CJ McCollum...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 rotation

Looking Ahead. The 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League has come and gone, and the only big event standing between the Portland Trail Blazers and the 2014-15 regular season is training camp. With all significant moves now in the past (and more likely, all moves altogether), the Blazers’ roster is set. We know who will be there come the season opener, and we have a good idea of who...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Summer League Observations

It has been a quiet offseason for the Portland Trail Blazers after their powerful playoff run.  Many of the issues for the team involve keeping their stars intact.  The biggest being LaMarcus Aldridge who reportedly agreed to a contract extension on July 8th, though he will not sign the extension until next year. While Portland has not had the cap room nor the roster space to be...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

How NBA free agency has impacted Portland Trail Blazers

NBA free agency. It’s a time for teams to get better, and that’s exactly what the Portland Trail Blazers did with the shrewd signings of Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. Although Portland, tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, didn’t make many headlines with these acquisitions, it’s clear that they’re going to be rotation players in the 2013-14 season. Steve Blake, while...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers Injury Update: Meyers Leonard missed Saturday's game with shoulder injury

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a season in which they won 54 games and lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the eventual NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Although first in the league in rebounding, the Blazers were 22nd in the league in points allowed. During the Summer League, the Blazers will look for improvement from center Meyers Leonard, who saw less playing...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

What Chris Kaman signing means for Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Finds Its Big Man. The Portland Trail Blazers entered free agency knowing one thing: It needed to improve its bench. That could be done in a number of different ways, but as it turns out, general manager Neil Olshey spent his energy looking for big men, and a big man he found in Chris Kaman. On Thursday night, Portland came to terms with Chris Kaman on a two-year, $9...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

How Meyers Leonard can turn around career for Portland Trail Blazers

Bust. Over-hyped. Underachiever. These are words that Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard has already heard following his second season in the NBA, but they’re words that he’s ignoring in his quest to become an integral part of a contending rotation. According to The Oregonian‘s Joe Freeman, the big man knows he has to work on his game, but he believes he can...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

How Much Can The Portland Trail Blazers Improve From Within?

Most of the talk this offseason will be about what the Portland Trail Blazers can do to improve through free agency and trades. The Blazers have a stable of young talent. While adding veteran talent is ideal to improve their playoff chances, the improvement of their young talent is just as important to their success going forward. Let’s take a look at what the Blazers can improve...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How Portland Trail Blazers can advance further in 2015 playoffs

How Far Can They Go? The 2014 NBA Finals are officially underway, and while Portland Trail Blazers fans can be proud of the work their team did in the postseason, it’s blatantly clear that the squad from Rip City is neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs. After watching Portland fall in not-so-dramatic fashion to the Spurs in Round 2, it’s obvious that the Blazers...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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