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NBA Tattoo Power Rankings: Portland Trail Blazers Edition

Basketball is the sport that shows the most skin, and thank god for it.  Since the mid-90s, player tattoos have become one of the most enjoyable things about the NBA, along with microphones catching swearing during free throws and Norris Cole’s hair.  Since power rankings are all the rage these days and the Blazers have enough collective ink to write a new Game of Thrones novel...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick’s picks week 18: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

Top Blazers After slowly watching their record dip well below the .500 mark, the Portland Trail Blazers finally started getting back to some winning basketball. Even though the previous week saw a split (a loss to Denver, then a win against Minnesota), one aspect of Portland’s game is incredibly different; that change lies with the play of the Blazer bench. Putting up league worst...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Slow And Steady: Is Meyers Leonard Ready To Play Some Ball?

The Portland Trail Blazers might have literally hit the jackpot in the lottery this year. Landing Damian Lillard with the number six overall selection in this year’s lottery section of the NBA Draft couldn’t have worked out better for all parties involved. Lillard went to a team that desperately needed a point guard, and that’s probably an understatement. Without him, the Trail...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Another big-picture game The Portland Trail Blazers got a much-needed win against the Boston Celtics Sunday night, but they’ll need to keep momentum going with the Denver Nuggets coming to town Wednesday night. Matchup: Portland (26-30) vs. Denver Nuggets (36-22) Venue: Rose Garden Arena Time: 7:30 PM PT Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013 The team is in the midst of a four-game home...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking The Best And Worst Trade Deadline Moves By The Portland Trail Blazers

Landing backup point guard Eric Maynor just before yesterday’s trade deadline was a good move for the Portland Trail Blazers. They got rid of a trade exception and the rights to Georgios Printezis and were also forced to waive Ronnie Price. In return, they get a proven point guard who can play quality minutes to spell Damian Lillard or even play alongside him. Compared to Price...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Nolan Smith Showing Promise Coming Off Portland Trail Blazers’ Bench

It is well known that what separates the Portland Trail Blazers from being a bona fide playoff contending team and a pretending playoff team is their bench. What is disheartening is that their bench is home to a number of their recent first round draft choices. One of those former first round picks is point guard Nolan Smith, the Blazers 21st selection from Duke in the 2011 NBA Draft...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers 105, Jazz 99

Damian Lillard had 23 points and the Portland Trail Blazers got revenge for a loss to Utah the night before with a 105-99 victory Saturday night. Utah defeated the Blazers 86-77 on Friday night in the first game of the back-to-back between the division rivals. J.J. Hickson added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won four of their last six after a season-high six...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Five New Year’s resolutions for the Portland Trail Blazers

What will 2013 hold? The New Year is upon us, and it’s time for the obligatory resolutions that will help us all turn over a new leaf. Everybody can make changes in their lives to help better themselves, and the Portland Trail Blazers are no exception. When the Blazers entered the 2012-13 season, nobody quite knew what to expect. While there are a still a number of questions surrounding...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Following 2011 Draft Snub, Kenneth Faried Says He “Doesn’t Like” The Blazers

Kenneth Faried says leading up to the 2011 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers told him he was their pick. But when the Blazers came up at No. 21, they shocked many with their selection of Duke point guard, Nolan Smith. Denver then proceeded to take Faried at N0. 22. So how does one of the best young power forwards in the NBA feel about the Blazers now? Well, he’s not a fan....
Via Beyond The Buzzer
December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Bringing Offense … And Only Offense

It has not been a bad season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers.  8-12 through twenty games is not awful for a team in a rebuilding year, and the team is showing signs of competing in the Western Conference within two years.  Not that the fans are happy with that.  Many things have gone right through the first quarter of the season, many things have gone wrong, but the future...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Road Trip Comes To An End

It’s over. This road trip did not go well for the Portland Trail Blazers. They finished 2-5 on the road trip and now have an overall record of 8-11 – and they needed three total overtimes to get those two wins. Now the Blazers will try to get back on track as they return to Rip City for a six game home stand. As it sits right now, the Blazers are a lottery team. I don’t...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Green Envy: What Blazers fans said - 11/30

Part of you has to feel bad for Blazers fans. The team is just bad. How bad? Some of the worst teams in the league look forward to playing Portland so they can get a win. *cough*Washington*cough* They should get some sympathy because it wasn't so long ago the Celtics were a laughing stock even though they had plenty of talent on paper. Needless to say, there was not a whole...
Via Celtics Life
November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Bench Needs To Get Better

It has been a very tough season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings, their first 7 games have all come against playoff contending teams. Those 7 opponents had a combined record of 31-20. The Blazers were 2-5 at that point and only Charlotte, Cleveland, and Toronto had allowed more points per game. One thing that I remember hearing...
Via Oregon Sports News
November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Blazers vs. Thunder: NBA love ‘em & hate ‘em breakdown

Portland iced in loss The Headline: Despite doing everything else right the Blazers can’t make their shots, landing their first loss of the season. Portland Trail Blazers 92, Oklahoma City Thunder 106 When: 8:00 ET, Friday, November 2, 2012 Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Officials: James Capers, John Goble, Pat Fraher Attendance: 18,203 Love ‘em 1. Wes alive...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
November 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers decline options on Williams, Smith & Babbitt

PDX looks toward future The Portland Trail Blazers are in the midst of a massive rebuild, and as a result, a few of the young prospects on the team now find themselves in a year of uncertainty. The Oregonian’s Jason Quick announced nearly 24 hours before the team’s season opener that the team has opted to decline team options on Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith and Luke Babbitt for...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Welcome to Blazers Day

Believe it or not, the NBA's regular season is four weeks away. To get you ready, Crossover Chronicles will be profiling a team each day for the next few weeks. This week is the Northwest Division. Today is the Portland Trail Blazers. 2011-12 Record: 28-38 Key Losses: Jamal Crawford (signed with L.A. Clippers), Raymond Felton (traded to New York), Jonny Flynn (signed with...
Via Bloguin Best
October 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Blazers Injury News: Nolan Smith Listed As Day-to-Day

Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith was listed as day-to-day after bring withheld from practice on Tuesday. Nolan reportedly hyper-extended his left knee. Ben Golliver at Blazer's Edge reports that Smith did not undergo an MRI."Nolan Smith hyper-extended his knee," Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters. "There's a little bit of swelling."Smith...
Via NBA Injury News
October 10, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: August 9, 2012

It was 16 years ago today that Derek Smith collapsed and died aboard a cruise ship. He had taken his family on a cruise for Washington Bullets and Washington Capitols season ticket holders, and was hosting basketball clinics during the days. The ship was near Bermuda when Smith suffered a massive heart attack, dying on the spot. Smith, who won a National Title with Louisville...
Via Bloguin Best
August 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Grading the Portland Trail Blazers offseason

Following a disappointing 2011-2012 season that saw the teams' three-year postseason run come to an end, the Portland Trail Blazers made a change in the front office, hiring Neil Olshey as the team's new general manager. With the team only having five players under contract entering the off-season, just about everyone who follows the team knew that there would be significant...
Via Sports Junkie Online
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers Nolan Smith injured in NBA Summer league game in Vegas (Video)

Scarier hoops injury last night at the NBA Summer League as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Nolan Smith had to be taken off on a stretcher after colliding with the basket on a driving lay-up attempt. Here is the video.
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trailblazers Nolan Smith injured during Summer League game, taken off on stretcher (Video)

Last night, we witnessed one of the more scarier moments to happen at the NBA Summer League as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Nolan Smith had to be taken off on a stretcher after colliding with the basket on a driving lay-up attempt.It happened late in the fourth quarter and it appeared at first that it wasn't anything too serious:Thankfully for Nolan, he would be okay and...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss
SCARY SCENE

Nolan Smith taken off in stretcher

Nolan Smith of the Portland Trail Blazers had to be taken to the hospital tonight by stretcher after he was fouled on a fast break by the Rockets' Zoran Drajic during a NBA Summer League game on Tuesday night.Smith lost his balance a few seconds after the hit to the head by Drajic and fell down on the baseline.The video of what happened is below as well as a second video of a...
Via D Wizzle's World
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers 2011/12 final season player grades

Steve’s Report Card When one looks back at the 2011-12 Trail Blazers season, there were certain expectations for a number of players, some of which were met and some of which fell short.  A season recap is already up on the NWSB. For others, the abbreviated season wasn’t really long enough to give a fair evaluation of their skill enhancement, as practice time was at a premium...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Playing for jobs in Portland: Future rip city roster spots up for grabs

The Future Is Bright Not everyone can be a star and the most successful sports teams know that quality depth will more often than not, result in a lengthy playoff run. With Lamarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum firmly planted in the spotlight lineup, these next five may be equally important to the future of the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke Babbitt Luke Babbitt in his second year with...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
April 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

Jazz vs. Trail Blazers Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview April 18

NBA Matchup Insight The Portland TrailBlazers are now out of the playoff picture and they may give younger players minutes and this is especially the case since LaMarcus Aldridge and Raymond Felton are out due to injuries. The Jazz have 4 games left to this season and they trail Houston and Phoenix for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE BLAZERS...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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