NBA season preview: Portland Trail Blazers

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here is the next installment of our series on the Portland Trail Blazers. 2014-15 Record: 51-31 Notable Acquisitions: Mason Plumlee (Trade), Ed Davis (FA), Al-Farouq Aminu (FA), Gerald Henderson (Trade), Noah Vonleh (Trade) Notable Departures: LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Wes Matthews, Nic Batum Temperature...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Three questions the Blazers face heading into training camp

With training camp about to tip off, here’s what to watch for as your favorite team prepares for the 2015-16 season. Some of these questions will be answered quickly; others could linger into the regular season. Either way, here are three things that will define the first month of this new season: Will Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum successfully step into larger roles? Out: LaMarcus...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum talk about Portland's upcoming season

The Portland Trail Blazers had what some might call a devastating offseason. They lost three starters from last year's team to free agency, and traded a fourth for a young prospect (Noah Vonleh) and lesser rotation player (Gerald Henderson).It's a rebuilding team, but two of their young players, Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum, offer hope that the rebuild won't last very long....
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Meyers Leonard

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Embracing How To Play Like A Team

Whenever anyone seeks out any breaking news or current analysis on the Portland Trail Blazers, it is fairly typical that they stumble upon something that leaves a bitter taste in their mouth. Although this may be the interpretation of almost all sports reporters and news outlets around our nation, it hasn’t really seemed to affect the Trail Blazers themselves. While most other...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

How accurate are Portland's shooters when open behind three-point line?

The Portland Trail Blazers made good use of the three-point line last season. Only two teams (the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets) averaged more threes per game, and only seven were more accurate.It was an impressive and effective attack, but next year's Blazers look much different and there's a fear they won't be as good on offense. In search of optimism, The Oregonian...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Meyers Leonard throw serious heat before a minor league baseball game

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard can do more than knock down a bunch of three pointers and look gorgeous. He's a real athlete with skills that apparently stretch beyond the basketball court and onto the baseball diamond. On Thursday night, Leonard threw out the first pitch before a Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball game. It was perfect.Beforehand, Leonard took it...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Mailbag – How Many Games Will The Blazers Win?

July 1st was the beginning of the end for the most recent era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball. Eighty percent of the starting lineup headed to new teams and the Blazers started a youth movement. In the past few months, the roster has started to round out. The new identity of the team is yet to be seen, but no matter what, the team on the field on October 28th will look completely...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Portland Trail Blazers’ Ivory Towers – Meyers Leonard And Mason Plumlee

This upcoming season in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers have been making a huge transition after losing four of their five starters, as well as many other unmentionable players that pushed them to their 51-win regular season. The ESPN Summer Forecast had the new Trail Blazers at a 31-51 record, ending 11th overall in the West. Although the analysts at ESPN have made these very...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Blazers GM Neil Olshey plans to table Meyers Leonard extension convo until October

Speaking on Grantland writer Zach Lowe's podcast, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was asked for a status update on the contract negotiations between his team and Meyers Leonard, who's eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension anytime before October 31.Here's Olshey's response:"I actually prefer to have those conversations in October, when there’s a sense of urgency...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard build on last year's success?

Meyers Leonard exceeded all expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, especially in the postseason. Playing 106 minutes before Portland was eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies, the 7'1" center posted a 19.6 PER and .891 True Shooting percentage. The latter number was the result of a scorching hot outside shot, which carried over from the regular season, where Leonard...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Who Should Be Their Starting Five?

(April 24, 2015 – Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… *This is an analysis of who should be the starting group for the Blazers next season, not a prediction of which players they’ll start. PG- Damian Lillard Lillard is the lone starter leftover from last season after a mass exodus this offseason, leaving him the...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Here's why the Portland Trail Blazers should dominate the boards

The Portland Trail Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez this summer, but that doesn't mean they won't crush the glass. General manager Neil Olshey replaced those two with a collection of capable rebounders, including Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh—huge dudes who can control the paint, if nothing else.The Trail Blazers won't be as effective scoring the ball or stopping...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

See which Portland Trail Blazers showed up at Meyers Leonard's wedding

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard ended last season with a bang, making an outrageous 76.9 percent of his threes in a five-game first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. But that thrill pales in comparison to getting married, which is what Leonard did last weekend at Oregon Golf Club.A few notable Trail Blazers were in attendance, including a dancing Damian Lillard...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Translating Portland Trail Blazers Tweets From 2015 NBA Offseason

In a world where anyone and everyone can express themselves on social media, NBA Twitter is one of the most entertaining communities to follow. The DeAndre Jordan saga from July epitomizes that notion, but it doesn’t take an epic #EmojiWar for fans to realize their beloved role models are posting commentary on a regular basis. The catch here is that while Twitter creates the opportunity...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is next up for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Before a season can begin, each organization in the NBA must face free agency. This offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were dismantled and they ended up losing 4 of their 5 starters from the 2014-15 NBA season. Having said that, the Blazers didn’t necessarily completely lose out this summer. Damian Lillard During the 2015-16 offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were able to...
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland smart to take on Haywood, Mike Miller contracts

Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller aren’t going to help the Portland Trail Blazers on the court, but the franchise was smart to acquire the pair of veterans. In truth, Portland was smart to add them, simply so it could get rid of them. After losing LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez in free agency and trading Nicolas Batum during the offseason, the Trail Blazers will...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon Sports News’ 2015 NBA Free Agency Recap – What The Hell Just Happened?

The 2014-15 NBA season saw the Portland Trail Blazers separate themselves from the third-tier pretenders (for the better) and the top-tier contenders (for the worse). It saw them validate the notion that they were worthy of the somewhat-improved-and-kind-of-deserved national attention they received throughout the year. Unfortunately, the season also showed that the team was nowhere...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Choose Your Own Adventure Part One – Hit The Reset Button!

The sky is falling, the waves are crashing over us, and the earth is crumbling below our feet. For Portland Trail Blazers fans, this is the end of days. Again. Or something like that. But before you go face first into your morning cereal, try to keep in mind that nothing bad is actually happening. Sure, 80% of the starting lineup is gone, and the assumed marquee player/franchise...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers announce summer league roster

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced their roster for Summer League in Las Vegas, which will take place from July 10-20.  Highlighting the roster will be Noah Vonleh, who was acquired in a trade for Nic Batum this offseason. Joining Vonleh will be second-round draft choice Pat Connaughton, as well as Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe and Tim Frazier, who were all members of the...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 24, 2015  |  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...
June 21, 2015  |  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...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 16, 2015  |  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...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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