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Blazers head home after season marked by injuries

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The moment that defined the Portland Trail Blazers this season came in early March, when Wesley Matthews collapsed at midcourt and grasped his ankle during a game against Dallas. Matthews said later that he first thought someone had hit him from behind. It was far worse. A key contributor on the floor and in the locker room, Matthews ruptured his Achilles tendon...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawks facing pressure, Grizzlies trying to advance

Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now. And that knowledge might be scary. A year ago, the Hawks were the playoff upstarts, the nothing-to-lose No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs that gave No. 1 Indiana all it wanted in the first round. Atlanta surprised plenty of onlookers by taking that series to seven games before getting ousted. Now it's the...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Meyers Leonard is a big problem

Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard was exactly what Portland needed to win Game 4. He knocked down threes, played decent defense against Marc Gasol and kept the home crowd at maximum volume.But moving forward, what does this performance mean for the Grizzlies? Here's the SB Nation blog Grizzly Bear Blues with more:"With his back against the wall and a four-game sweep pressing up...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Major Adjustments Needed As Portland Trail Blazers Head Home For Game 3

I don’t think I’m breaking any news here when I say that the first two games of the Portland Trail Blazers opening round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies could have gone a little better for Terry Stotts and his crew. In fact, one might even argue that, with the possible exception of the first quarter of Game 2, both games were an unmitigated disaster from start to...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard puts down two-handed alley-oop against Grizzlies

The Portland Trail Blazers doesn’t have much going thus far in their series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both losses they suffered were in double digits. But, hey, the Blazers still have highlights. Meyers Leonard threw down an alley-oop late in Game 2: Nice pass by Nicolas Batum. *** Meyers Leonard pic from Getty Images. Video from the NBA.
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle Of The Injured – Reserves Must Step Up For Both Portland Trail Blazers And Memphis Grizzlies

The Portland Trail Blazers enter the postseason with one of their more valuable players, Wesley Matthews, out for the year rehabbing a torn Achilles, Nicolas Batum hobbled by a shoulder strain, fellow starter Arron Afflalo mired by a knee bruise, and sparkplug guard C.J. McCollum bugged by a ankle injury. If that wasn’t enough, forward Dorell Wright is expected to miss the series...
Via Oregon Sports News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz-Trail Blazers Preview

Given their terrible luck, the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to get out from under the dark cloud hovering above them. LaMarcus Aldridge and Arron Afflalo are the latest to go down for the Trail Blazers, who are running out of time in their bid to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs as they host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. In what's likely to be a precautionary move...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers preview

After clinching the Northwest Division and notching another 50-win season in their previous two games, the Portland Trail Blazers took an opportunity to rest some of their key players Monday. Now the Blazers are expected to have their full cast back as they resume their quest for home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs Wednesday night against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves-Trail Blazers Preview

After clinching the Northwest Division and notching another 50-win season in their previous two games, the Portland Trail Blazers took an opportunity to rest some of their key players Monday. Now the Blazers are expected to have their full cast back as they resume their quest for home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs Wednesday night against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Thaddeus Young powers in for slam dunk against Meyers Leonard

Everyone was paying attention to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final on Monday night but there was one NBA game going on before that. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-96. A lot of people probably missed that. That also meant a lot of people missed Thaddeus Young do this to poor Meyers Leonard: Great power move by Thad as the hot Nets are now 7th in the East....
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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
March 12, 2015  |  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
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