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Portland Trail Blazers face a crossroad

You can choose to view the Portland Trail Blazers season as either a success, or a failure. The team won 50+ games for the second straight season in a brutal Western Conference, sent two players to the All Star game in New York, and was a top-3 team in the West for much of the year before Wes Matthews went down with his injury. Their franchise player, LaMarcus Aldridge, was hampered...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Is Wesley Matthews A Must-Have Player?

Some of you may be nervous that the Portland team that finished the 2014-15 season may not be the same team that takes the court to start the 2015-16 season. If such a change occurs, it could be for the best. Emphasis on “could.” Portland has three starters with expiring contracts, and their biggest concern and rightfully so is signing LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge should stay...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Will Rockets chase Love or Aldridge?

Houston's season lasted much longer than most expected. The Rockets went all the way to the Western Conference finals before losing to a better team: the 67-win Golden State Warriors. But to get further next season, the roster may be in need of a bit of an upgrade. ESPN's Kevin Pelton suggests the team goes after another superstar in free agency, and Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stotts: It all 'unraveled' once Wes Matthews got hurt

For much of the 2014-15 regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the league's best teams by nearly every measure. Under head coach Terry Stotts, Portland found a way to shore up their defense while maintaining an offensive style that led to plenty of success. With Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way, the Blazers looked like a real threat to emerge...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge best highlight moments from 2014-15 season

Although the Portland Trail Blazers fell short of the NBA championship this season, they have plenty of things to be thankful for including big man LaMarcus Aldridge. During Aldridge’s amazing season, LaMarcus averaged over twenty-three points per game, grabbed over ten rebounds per game, and was named to his fourth All-Star team. Check out some of his best season highlights in...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Fans Have A New Favorite Sportswriter

In today’s NBA, it’s those who contribute in a variety of capacities who provide the most value. Everyone loves a three-point specialist or a dunking dynamo, but opportunities to shine the brightest appear most often for those who exhibit a certain level of mastery in multiple categories. Consider C.J. McCollum one of these players. Not only is he a lethal spot-up shooter, but...
Via Oregon Sports News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lopez twins to co-host NBA blooper show on Disney XD

NEW YORK (AP) Twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez will co-host three specials featuring funny moments involving NBA players on and off the court. ''NBA Slam Funk!'' will run Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 3 on Disney XD. The 15-minute specials will include NBA bloopers, fan and mascot antics, circus shots and player outtakes. Brook Lopez, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's how much LaMarcus Aldridge can make by waiting a year to sign a max contract

Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, meaning he'll be able to sign wherever he chooses. While it's unknown whether or not Aldridge will come back to Portland, there is a clear path he can take to earn a much more significant amount of money on his new contract going forward. Here's Daniel Leroux of the Sporting News with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is a Nicolas Batum trade a possibility this offseason?

The Portland Trail Blazers are entering an offseason period that could potentially alter the direction of the franchise completely. With star forward LaMarcus Aldridge heading to unrestricted free agency, there could be quite a few moving parts this offseason if Aldridge leaves outright.One of those moving parts could be Nicolas Batum, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-marred...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Every Damian Lillard slam dunk from the 2014-15 season

Although the Portland Trail Blazers lost in the first round of the playoffs, Blazers guard Damian Lillard had another All-Star season in the Pacific Northwest. In the regular season, Lillard averaged twenty-one points, six assists, and four rebounds per game and earned his second All-Star appearance in his career. For those of you who missed his best slam dunks of the season, check...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cursed Portland Trail Blazers

Luck is an underrated and underappreciated concept in sports. Players, coaches and the front office will often refuse to accept “luck” as the determining factor in a game, a series, or a season; rather, they will point to effort, energy and tactics as the deciding factor. However, none of these can explain the absurd history of the Portland Trail Blazers. Starting after Portland...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Portland Trail Blazers' starting unit get better?

The Portland Trail Blazers starting five was one of the best five-man units on both sides of the ball this season. There's a caveat, however, one that applies to every team of such quality: The Blazers' starting five was great...when healthy. When they weren't healthy – when they were decimated by injury after injury – the Blazers became less formidable and transformed into another...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge has surgery on left thumb

LaMarcus Aldridge underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb on Monday. Aldridge damaged his thumb early in the season. The Blazers announced Aldridge would miss up to eight weeks, which turned out to be just a bit conservative, as Aldridge returned to the line up within days, opting to put off the surgery until after the season. It was a gritty, courageous...
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8 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Time Is Now For The Portland Trail Blazers To Trade Nicolas Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers are set to enter the 2015 NBA offseason with a potential roster overhaul on the horizon. The team only has four players guaranteed to be on the books next year, but as it turns out, one of those surefire returnees is far from a lock to remain in Rip City after all. According to CSNNW.com’s Jabari Young, Neil Olshey may look to package Nicolas Batum and...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Would Be Smart To Rely Heavier On C.J. McCollum Next Year

The Portland Trail Blazers already have a star point guard in Damian Lillard and hope to retain his backcourt mate, soon-to-be free-agent shooting guard Wesley Matthews, who might be the team’s most valuable player. Given the franchise’s desire to keep this duo intact, backup guard C.J. McCollum is left with less than ideal minutes. While that might be the case, he has the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

PDX Carpet adidas Basketball D Lillard 1

Ever been to Portland?PDX Carpet adidas and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard today unveiled a commemorative PDX Carpet inspired edition of the D Lillard 1 basketball shoe. Paying homage to Portland International Airport’s iconic teal print carpet the shoe is a must have for fans of Damian and all things Portland. The PDX carpet pattern is printed across the shoe...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Is DeAndre Jordan Coming to Town?

The Western Conference Finals are locked up with the Golden State Warriors playing against the Houston Rockets. But what about the other teams in the West that can now begin to sift through potential free agent scenarios? The Portland Trail Blazers obviously need a little more than they had in the 2014-15 season to reach the spot Houston finds itself in. Many would say that the injuries...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Fan Burden – Who To Cheer For

Sports fans watch. Maybe they have some game. Maybe they used to have some game. Either way they mostly watch. By watching they can compare their game to the players they see on TV. Most sports fans compare favorably; way too many of them think Michael Jordan could beat The King one on one. Today. At 52. With Portland out of the playoffs in the first round, Blazers fans turn into...
Via Oregon Sports News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: The Perfect Offseason

Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Portland Trail Blazers got a lot of love as a very good team this season, and justifiably so. They were never genuine title contenders, but they had star power, good chemistry, and the record to show that they were a few pieces away from being top tier. It was really great for a franchise...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge has surgery on left thumb

  Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge had surgery Monday to repair a ligament in his left thumb. The team said in a statement that Aldridge is expected to be able to return to basketball activity in about eight weeks. Aldridge, a four-time All-Star, averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time. He averaged...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes surgery on left thumb

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent successful surgery on his thumb Monday, the team announced. Aldridge need to have the radial collateral ligament of his left thumb repaired.  Dr. Thomas J. Graham performed the procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Aldridge is expected to be able to return basketball...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Draft Season Is Here – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Scouting Report

Previous Scouting Reports: Joseph Young Last Thursday the Portland Trail Blazers began interviewing draft prospects at the NBA Combine. One of their first interviews was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson from the University of Arizona. In his interviews with reports Hollis-Jefferson said, “Right now, I’ll say I’m a couple steps ahead of my generation (defensively). I’m playing chess...
Via Oregon Sports News
12 days ago  |  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...
Via Oregon Sports News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – LaMarcus Aldridge And The $115 Million Dollar Question

During his nine seasons in Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge has been associated with the number twelve. If things go as expected, he’s going to be considering another number – 115. $115 million dollars, that’s what it could cost the Trail Blazers to keep their captain and longest-tenured player around for five more seasons. He’s an elite player and the Blazers have cap room, so...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss
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