Overcoming Mediocrity, NBA-Style

Guest post by Abacus RevealsConsider, if you will, these two teams:Team A: Over the past two seasons, these guys converted roughly half (.497) their possessions while allowing the opposition (.499) to do the same. Team B: Over the past two seasons, these guys won over 100 games, a division championship and a playoff series.The former seem like a bunch who’d have trouble holding...
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Damian Lillard 30 Points, 13 Assists In Blazers Win

Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers past the slumping Lakers with 30 points and 13 assists in Los Angeles. “Our defense in the second half was pretty solid,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought Damian obviously led things with his passing and his scoring and his leadership.” The post Damian Lillard 30 Points, 13 Assists In Blazers Win appeared first on Hooped Up.
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Portland unfazed by six-game losing streak

The Trail Blazers still have Terry Stotts' back. Gene Sweeney Jr GettyHeading into Wednesday night's game against the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers are on a six-game losing streak, the type of lull that will tear a team apart from the inside out. But even though this roster is young, they also have character, patience and resolve. They aren't worried about the losing...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

McCollum and Lillard are running the show in Portland

When LaMarcus Aldridge joined the San Antonio Spurs, it signaled the end of the sparring of egos between him and Damian Lillard and marked the end of the Portland Trail Blazers narrative as a playoff dark horse. Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, and Nic Batum all followed suit out the revolving door, reluctantly cracked open by the Blazers front office. In the dark depths of Rip...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers-Nuggets Preview

Coach Terry Stotts is hoping the Portland Trail Blazers learned a lesson after their three-game winning streak ended with a fourth-quarter collapse. A matchup with the struggling Denver Nuggets might be just what they need to bounce back Monday night. Portland (4-3) blew a 13-point lead and was outscored 41-11 in the fourth quarter of a 120-103 loss to Detroit on Sunday. The Trail...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's why Al-Farouq Aminu is having a breakout season

A change of scenery has done Al-Farouq Aminu well. Sam Forencich GettyAl-Farouq Aminu is a former lottery pick who entered the league with high expectations. But after a few disappointing seasons tempered the hype, Aminu found himself in Portland. And, well, everything happens for a reason.In both Aminu's words and those of his head coach, Terry Stotts, here's why the 25-year-old...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Impressive Trail Blazers aren't overconfident: 'It's early'

The Blazers look good, but aren't patting themselves on the back just yet. Gene Sweeney Jr. GettyThe Portland Trail Blazers are 3-2 with a top-10 point differential. They look extremely good on both sides of the ball, whether you're judging them relative to expectations or inside a vacuum.  But nobody on the team is too excited about the hot start. Here's what head coach Terry Stotts...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Noah Vonleh get his dunk on with this pretty reverse jam

Noah Vonleh's career highlight reel is just getting started Cameron Browne GettyNoah Vonleh is one of Portland's most important players. He just turned 20 years old and has already forced his way into head coach Terry Stotts' rotation. Right now the per game numbers are ugly, but Vonleh's upside remains humongous. He's a long big who can play either frontcourt position and (maybe...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Why were Terry Stotts and Doc Rivers yelling at each other?

Doc Rivers and Terry Stotts were not best friends on Thursday night. Kevork Djansezian GettyDuring Thursday night's memorable preseason game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers (a game that saw L.A. come back from a 35-point deficit to win), things got a little testy.Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers were both swept up in the...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland's defensive philosophy will modernize this season

Portland's defense may still be pretty good this season. Steve Dykes USA TodayThe Portland Trail Blazers had a very good defense last season, with Robin Lopez anchoring the middle, and Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews holding things down on the perimeter. They didn't force a lot of turnovers, but instead stayed home and conservative, trusting their talent and length to persevere...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers 2015-16 Season Predictions – The National Media’s Take

With the 2015-16 NBA season as “around the corner” as can possibly be, the Oregon Sports News roster is set to participate in a Portland Trail Blazers Roundtable Discussion next week. The OSN roster will hit the topics that are on Rip City’s mind entering the newest rebuild, and the participating columnists will make their predictions on how this year goes for the defending...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers unsurprisingly snubbed in annual NBA GM survey

Terry Stotts has a long year ahead thanks to his rebuilding roster. Soobum Im USA TodayThe NBA's annual GM survey allows the league's top decision makers to vote on several different categories related to the upcoming season. Here it is.To the surprise of no one paying attention, the Portland Trail Blazers received approximately zero love.Damian Lillard didn't register as one of...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

50 Questions for 2015-’16: How Will Portland Reload Around Damian Lillard?

Getting ready for the 2015-’16 season? I’m asking 50 questions before things get under way. Have an important question for the upcoming NBA season you want answered? Find me on Twitter (@thatjoemags). Thanks for reading! Terry Stotts has leaned harder on his starting lineup than any coach in the NBA over the past two seasons: Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews, Nic Batum, LaMarcus...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

50 Questions for 2015-’16: How Will Portland Reload Around Damian Lillard?

Getting ready for the 2015-’16 season? I’m asking 50 questions before things get under way. Have an important question for the upcoming NBA season you want answered? Find me on Twitter (@thatjoemags). Thanks for reading! Terry Stotts has leaned harder on his starting lineup than any coach in the NBA over the past two seasons: Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews, Nic Batum, LaMarcus...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland's Connaughton finds a different way to impact the game

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Pat Connaughton knows he may spend a lot of time on the bench this season, but with teammate Al-Farouq Aminu away from the club after having his first child, the Notre Dame product is figuring out ways to stand out from the crowd.During Portland's first preseason game, Connaughton came off the bench for 25 minutes of action, and managed to positively...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland, Stotts extremely high on Moe Harkless' potential

Portland Trail Blazers wing Moe Harkless didn't have a great season last year. He fell out of Orlando's rotation and struggled to produce in limited minutes. There was no role and zero expectations. It's very early, but since coming to Portland he looks like a completely new player, and head coach Terry Stotts wants to explore the areas of Harkless' game that developed cobwebs in...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland has promoted Jim Moran to assistant coach

The Portland Trail Blazers made several big changes to their roster this offseason, but the team also decided to shake up their coaching staff.According to Real GM, Portland promoted Jim Moran to assistant coach, replacing Kim Hughes, who was let go earlier this summer after he spoke out about LaMarcus Aldridge's free agency with a few comments the organization didn't want to go...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts: 'I think our pick-and-rolls have a chance to be very effective'

The Portland Trail Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez this summer, but their head coach, Terry Stotts, doesn't seem to think those personnel changes will require his team to make philosophical adjustments related to their playing style, on either side of the floor.Here's what Stotts recently said during an interview with Trail Blazers Courtside...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Moran Promoted By Blazers To Assistant Coach

The Portland Trail Blazers have promoted Jim Moran to assistant coach on Terry Stotts’ staff. “I am excited to add Jim to our coaching staff,” said Stotts. “He is a young coach with a bright future. He has a terrific work ethic coupled with a refreshing personality. He has already demonstrated a unique ability to work with our players and he will add a new perspective for...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers 2015-2016 Roster – New Talent, New Team

In the 2014-2015 season, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was proud to claim that throughout the majority of the year, he had a consistent starting five in LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews, and Damian Lillard. After the starting five of the 2014-2015 season disintegrated and only Lillard returned, the Trail Blazers obviously had to fill shoes...
Via Oregon Sports News
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

How will the Portland Trail Blazers replace Robin Lopez's defense?

The Portland Trail Blazers lost their entire identity over the summer. But while most focus on how the team will replace LaMarcus Aldridge's offensive production, it's Robin Lopez's defense that could be just as missed. The seven-foot Lopez is quietly one of the NBA's finest rim protectors, a stout monster who anchored a pretty good Portland defense last season. Now he's on the...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts still wants to launch a ton of threes

Today's Portland Trail Blazers aren't nearly as talented as they were last season. One specific area where they're expected to take a hit is behind the three-point line. But head coach Terry Stotts is confident his team can still use outside shots to create spacing and do damage against unsuspecting defenders. Here's what he recently said in a Sirius XM radio interview, per The...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts on LaMarcus Aldridge: 'We're certainly going to miss him'

The Portland Trail Blazers were forced to move in a new direction this offseason after losing LaMarcus Aldridge to free agency, but head coach Terry Stotts is dealing with the loss of his star power forward well.Here's what Stotts told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:“I knew it was going to be a close decision — it wasn’t an easy decision for him and it came down to the last...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Even with new roster, Blazers won't change defensive scheme

The Portland Trail Blazers went through a massive roster overhaul this offseason, losing every member of their starting lineup except for Damian Lillard.Even with all the changes and added youth and athleticism, it doesn't like Portland is going to change a whole lot schematically on the defensive end. Here's what Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told Mike Richman of The Oregonian...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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