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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
9 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  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

Blazers Beatdown, Bobcats win by 30

If this is what it's going to take to finish strong, MJ, clear your calendar. (Photo Courtesty Jeff Siner – Charlotte Observer) Whether it was the desire to end a two-game skid or Chairman Michael Jordan’s presence at the end of the bench, the Bobcats came out like gangbusters last night. From wire-to-wire the Cats put forth arguably their strongest performance of the season...
Via Trade Street Post
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blazers Beatdown, Bobcats win by 30

If this is what it's going to take to finish strong, MJ, clear your calendar. (Photo Courtesty Jeff Siner - Charlotte Observer) Whether it was the desire to end a two-game skid or Chairman Michael Jordan’s presence at the end of the bench, the Bobcats came out like gangbusters last night. From wire-to-wire the Cats put forth arguably their strongest performance of the season...
Via Trade Street Post
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rip City Torn Open - Injury Bug Plagues Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers (42-23) were already banged up and trying to find a way to stop their frequent skids and reacquire the winning formula they had in November and December. The icy and slippery slope they were on just had a bucket of water dumped on it, as they will now have to find ways to win without their captain and one of their key contributors, hopefully in just...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 18

Winning Ways The Portland Trail Blazers had a relatively easy week when it came to their opponents, but they did exactly what they were supposed to do: beat inferior competition. In Week 18, Portland faced the Denver Nuggets twice and the Brooklyn Nets once. Beating those two squads is not a surprise, but beating them with defense is what sticks out the most. Most fans will look...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 18

A Simple Reminder Name: Will Barton Position: SF Last Week’s Stats: 9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.8 FG% Through the first 18 weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season, we’ve yet to feature Will Barton as the Portland Trail Blazers‘ player of the week. Kindly put, he’s yet to earn an opportunity in the rotation, but his recent production is noteworthy with the playoffs right around...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers Recap

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports Timothy Chang Portland Trail-Blazers Writer Score: 80-124 Well, I didn’t see this coming. Actually, no one could have seen this coming. Vastly outsized because of injuries to big men LaMarcus Aldridge (groin), Joel Freeland (knee), Meyers Leonard (ankle), and most recently Thomas Robinson (knee), you would think that the Portland Trail Blazers...
Via TopSportsReport
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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