Portland Trail Blazers Summer School – Literature 414 – Reading Too Much Into Draft Night Moves

Over the course of the summer, this series will be taking a look at some of the key storylines surrounding the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason and how they might go about navigating them as they attempt to move towards the head of the NBA class. This week’s class: Literature 414 – Reading Too Much Into Draft Night Moves Even with the NBA Finals having just wrapped up less...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard’s future with the Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard made the transition from a seldom-used benchwarmer to a much more refined and polished role player over the course of the 2014-2015 NBA season. His marked improvement indicates that he may move up further on the depth chart. It is also safe to assume that with more minutes, he will handle more responsibilities for this young team moving...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Experts Discuss Rip City’s Approach To 2015 NBA Draft

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey has constructed a roster that’s appeared in back to back postseasons, and secured the franchise’s first trip to the conference semifinals since the year 2000. But with no guarantees that all five members of the previous two seasons’ starting lineup will return next year, and the pending contract negotiations of both Damian...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard: 'Once the opportunity was there, I took advantage'

It took a while for Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard to earn some regular time in the rotation, but good things happened once he did.Leonard, the 11th pick of the 2011 draft, played just 355 minutes during the 2013-14 season. This season, it took multiple injuries for him to see the floor. Leonard stayed ready, however, and ended up finishing the year as one of the team...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – DeAndre Jordan Needs To Be Their Big Splash Target

There is a rich history of basketball in Portland, and a beloved history at that. But one thing that the Trail Blazers have lacked for seemingly ages is a dominant big man. Sure, they’ve made due and had some great years with Robin Lopez, Meyers Leonard, Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Joel Pryzbilla, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Sam Bowie, Mychael Thompson, Tom Owens, Bill Walton...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Increasing Meyers Leonard’s Role Crucial For Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are two weeks away from the official beginning of an offseason worth dreading. Much of their roster will be free to sign wherever they please, including two of their stars, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews. There is a great deal up in the air and while that is the case, it is also important to focus on the players Portland has under control. Among...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Frenzied Offseason Has Been Part Of The Plan All Along

If it’s true that we sometimes fear what we don’t understand, Portland Trail Blazers fans are justifiably shaking in their boots. Following a disappointing end to the 2014-15 NBA season, free agency is on the horizon, and there are far more questions than answers. LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most-coveted free agents to hit the market across the Association, and high-profile...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Think Positively, Portland Trail Blazers Fans

The Portland Trail Blazers’ 2014-2015 season was filled with all kinds of ups and downs. Unfortunately in the “what have you done for me lately” society that we live in, the downs often overshadow the ups. Coming into this season there was a lot of excitement and anticipation of what this team could do after capturing the hearts of the city, and the nation, with “the shot”...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Future Rests In LaMarcus Aldridge’s Free-Agency Decision

Many players on the Portland Trail Blazers are beloved amongst fans. Wesley Matthews, who personified dependability and tenacity before his injury, is one of them. Quirky Robin Lopez is another. Meyers Leonard is, too, especially when factoring in his exuberance and the overall improvement he made this season. Routinely clutch Damian Lillard is also, his inconsistent performance...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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April 30, 2015  |  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...
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April 28, 2015  |  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...
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April 28, 2015  |  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...
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April 24, 2015  |  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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April 23, 2015  |  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...
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April 18, 2015  |  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...
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April 11, 2015  |  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...
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April 08, 2015  |  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...
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April 08, 2015  |  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....
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April 07, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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