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Depleted But Not Done, Portland Trail Blazers Need Lillard Time, All The Time

The first two games of the Portland Trail Blazers first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies put their issues under a magnifying glass that told harsh truths. Their depleted roster has result in heavy burdens on the shoulders of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, not nearly enough firepower on the wings to combat Memphis’s stodgy defense on both stars, a bench unit that...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Portland's Afflalo probable for Game 3 vs. Grizzlies

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland guard Arron Afflalo is expected to play Saturday when the Trail Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their playoff series. Afflalo has been sidelined with a right shoulder strain that kept him out of the first two games of the series, both Portland losses in Memphis. He was listed as probable by the team on Friday. Acquired at the trade deadline...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Rumors: LaMarcus Aldridge To Los Angeles A Real Possibility This Summer?

Laker fans have wanted LaMarcus Aldridge to wear purple and gold for years now – they’ve even bought Lakers jerseys with Aldridge’s name on the back – and it seems there’s a chance their dream could become a reality this summer. According to Marc Stein from ESPN, the Lakers, along with the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, will chase Aldridge this...
Via Lakerholicz.com
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How are the Grizzlies defending LaMarcus Aldridge?

LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the world's 15 best basketball players, and presents a huge problem for any team the Portland Trail Blazers go up against. But after lighting up the Houston Rockets in last year's postseason, how is Aldridge doing against the tougher Memphis Grizzlies? Here's a fantastic breakdown courtesy of Blazer's Edge."[Aldridge] is a versatile player who can attack...
Via Fox Sports
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Grizzlies-Trail Blazers Preview

With a handful of injuries and their top scorers shooting poorly, the Portland Trail Blazers are hoping the raucous crowd at Moda Center can provide a spark. Returning home with an 0-2 deficit in their first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Blazers look to avoid being pushed to the brink Saturday night. Portland failed to earn homecourt advantage for this series despite...
Via AP on Fox
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Blazers G Damian Lillard says adversity part of the game

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Last season Damian Lillard became part of the highlight reel for the playoffs with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that catapulted the Trail Blazers out of the opening round for the first time in 14 years. It's far different this season, as Lillard struggles to find his shot against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are up 2-0 against the Blazers in their first...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts For Game Three Of The Portland Trail Blazers / Memphis Grizzlies Series

Before we get to the Portland Trail Blazers’ Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow, a thought about the postseason in general, and this year’s first round in particular. Last year, all but one series went at least six games, with five of them stretching to the most exciting 48 minutes of basketball in the NBA, Game 7. One of the series that did not reach the fateful seventh...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Major Adjustments Needed As Portland Trail Blazers Head Home For Game 3

I don’t think I’m breaking any news here when I say that the first two games of the Portland Trail Blazers opening round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies could have gone a little better for Terry Stotts and his crew. In fact, one might even argue that, with the possible exception of the first quarter of Game 2, both games were an unmitigated disaster from start to...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Calm Down – This Portland Trail Blazers Season Was Defined By Injury

The Portland Trail Blazers were lit up in Memphis. Pounded on Sunday, then again on Wednesday. They return home down two games in the series lost by a combined 29 points. What’s been said, written about, and thought about in the aftermath of two of the worst games in franchise playoff history has been ugly. Blazer Mania? Right now, it’s more Blazer Hysteria. You know. You’ve...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Damian Lillard Will Not Quit On The Portland Trail Blazers

The last playoff game in Memphis didn’t go well. Neither did the first. That’s the NBA. Teams click, then they don’t, and everyone finds a player to blame. In Portland that player is Damian Lillard. The poor guy becomes a household name, gets a ton of press, and he’s now the biggest problem? Lillard faced the best point guards in the Western Conference at the end of the season...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Defining Success For The Portland Trail Blazers

Just a little over a month ago, the nation was starting to jump on the Portland Trail Blazers bandwagon. They were starting to get recognition as possibly one of the contenders in the West, some analysts were even picking them to advance to The Finals. This is all following a hot start to the season and a couple key acquisitions at the trade deadline in Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Conley continues to persevere through pain

Mike Conley is destroying the Portland Trail Blazers on one leg. His performance through two games is downright inspiring. Here's ESPN's Michael Wallace on how Conley has managed to block out the pain he endures after every step.“If I could, I’d definitely take the shot,” Conley said. “But from everything they tell me, the injury is on the one area of my foot where you can’t...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard puts down two-handed alley-oop against Grizzlies

The Portland Trail Blazers doesn’t have much going thus far in their series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both losses they suffered were in double digits. But, hey, the Blazers still have highlights. Meyers Leonard threw down an alley-oop late in Game 2: Nice pass by Nicolas Batum. *** Meyers Leonard pic from Getty Images. Video from the NBA.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds

Betting odds for the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers without Kaman, Afflalo vs. Grizzlies in Game 2

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Portland guard Arron Afflalo will miss his fifth straight game with a strained right shoulder, and the Trail Blazers also will be without center Chris Kaman on Wednesday night in Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Coach Terry Stotts said Wednesday that Kaman twisted his left ankle in practice Tuesday when the Trail Blazers were going through some of the Grizzlies...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicolas Batum and Portland face the music in Memphis

I’m pretty sure nobody really thinks Nicolas Batum meant to hurt anybody with his recent motivational message that happened to include an inflammatory remark about Spanish players. It was a joke. People joke all the time. Let’s move on, right? Well, of course. This story is ultimately pointless. Marc Gasol said it best because he’s the best. “I don’t have no take,...
Via Crossover Chronicles
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No fun and games: Nicolas Batum and Portland face the music in Memphis

I’m pretty sure nobody really thinks Nicolas Batum meant to hurt anybody with his recent motivational message that happened to include an inflammatory remark about Spanish players. It was a joke. People joke all the time. Let’s move on, right? Well, of course. This story is ultimately pointless. Marc Gasol said it best because he’s the best. “I don’t have no take,” Gasol...
Via Bloguin Best
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts For Game Two Of The Portland Trail Blazers / Memphis Grizzlies Series

On Sunday, it’s fair to say that the Portland Trail Blazers, to steal a quaint English phrase, caught ol’ barney off the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday. The starters on both teams struggled, but when the Blazers’ thin bench came in, Beno Udrih of the Grizzlies spat fire and burped ice, draining his first seven shots and keying a Grizzlies run that put Portland away before halftime...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Home Ticket Prices Dwarf Prices At FedEx Forum

With a season-ending injury to Wesley Matthews, the Portland Trail Blazers knew any playoff series would have to be won by their two stars, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Aldridge scored enough points, 32, but it took a lot of shots to get there, shooting 13-for-34 from the field. Lillard, quite frankly, put up a dud and as a result, the Blazers trail 1-0 in their first-round...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicolas Batum Apologizes For Posting 'We Don't Lose To Spanish Players' In Locker Room

Nicolas Batum apologized for posting a team motivational message that was perceived to be a a shot at Marc Gasol and Spanish players. "I apologize if I hurt some people," Batum said. "But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that. We've talked about it sometimes." Among the messages on the laminated card in the Portland Trail Blazers' locker room in Game 1 was the phrase...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year

Maine Red Claws guard Tim Frazier, currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, has been selected as both the 2015 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 18 head coaches. Frazier (6-1, 170, Penn State) played in 41 games for the Red Claws, 40 as a starter, averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists, good...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Slant – Episode 238 – Portland Trail Blazers / Memphis Grizzlies And Tim Tebow / Chip Kelly

On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein recaps and previews the remainder of the Portland Trail Blazers / Memphis Grizzlies series, LaMarcus Aldridge’s future, and the marriage of Chip Kelly and Tim Tebow. Download & Listen Here
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers post 'we don't lose to Spanish players' in locker room

The Portland Trail Blazers had a motivational sign in their locker room before their first playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies that some may find offensive. The sign included the phrase “We don’t lose to Spanish players,” among other things. What does this mean? It’s probably not a coincidence that All-Star center Marc Gasol, who...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' sign in locker room: 'We don't lose to Spanish players'

The Portland Trail Blazers have come under fire for having a laminated card in their locker room with the phrase "We don't lose to Spanish players." The card was seen by reporters before the Blazers' 100-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. One of the Grizzlies' star players is one of the most prominent Spanish players in the NBA --€“ All-Star center Marc Gasol. "I don't...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Trail Blazers “Don’t Lose To Spanish Players” (Even Though They Do It All The Time)

The Portland Trail Blazers have a list of motivational phrases laminated on a card in their locker room. Some of them are pretty generic (“Win the dog fight,” “We are better when we come to play”), another addresses their current opponent (“We will play as a team and outwork Memphis each and every night”), and Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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