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Defense, Supporting Cast Spurring Improvement of Blazers

A roundtable of NBA.com writers evaluate what’s been different between the 2016-17 Blazers and 2017-18’s team. The Portland Trail Blazers barely snuck into the playoffs last season, but they did so on a blazing run helped by the arrival of Jusuf Nurkic. This season’s Blazers control their own destiny not just for the playoffs, but for home-court advantage in the loaded Western Conference...
Via Blazer's Edge
10 hours ago

Nurkic Ranked as the No. 5 Free-Agent Center in 2018

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report ranks the top five free agents at every position. What happens with Jusuf Nurkic and his impending free agency is a question that will continue to hang around the Portland Trail Blazers. Nurkic will have the opportunity to become a restricted free agent this summer, potentially up for the first major payday of his career. However, he’ll have to compete...
Via Blazer's Edge
16 hours ago

Northwest notes: Gary Harris close to returning; Trail Blazers talk present, future

The Nuggets are targeting Monday’s game in Philadelphia or Tuesday’s game in Toronto as possible return dates for Gary Harris, who has been shelved with a knee injury, tweets Gina Mizell of The Denver Post. Harris, a key part of Denver’s lineup, has already been sidelined for the club’s last two games — both losses — and appears set to miss at least two more this week.While the Nuggets...
Via Hoops Rumors
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Collins Earns Honorable Mention in All-Rookie Team Prediction

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report places Collins in the “small roles, big winners” category of honorable mentions. Zach Collins has carved out a role in the Portland Trail Blazers’ rotation, which is a feat in itself for a rookie under head coach Terry Stotts. For the moment, anything Collins produces is welcomed given his label as a piece for the future. In the present, Collins has...
Via Blazer's Edge
19 hours ago

Rockets' James Harden borrows Shaq's 'barbecue chicken' line after roasting Trail Blazers

James Harden gave a nod to Shaquille O'Neal after another MVP performance for the Rockets.
Via Sporting News
1 day ago

Billboard recruiting LeBron James pops up in New Zealand

The current trend among NBA fans pining for LeBron James to join their team should he become a free agent this summer is to erect billboards in what presumably will turn out to be an ineffective bid to recruit the superstar. But as the most recent LeBron billboard to spring up suggests, why should such pitches be limited to only NBA teams?The SKYCITY Breakers NZ, a professional basketball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blazers extend winning streak to 13

The Western Conference is hot right now, but the Blazers are the brightest of the bunch. And on Sunday, they would win their 13th in a row—this time at the expense of the Clippers. But that’s not all. Once again, it would be a team effort.Damian Lillard would lead the Blazers with 23, while C.J. McCollum and Maurice Harkless (21 apiece) followed closely behind. Jusuf Nurkić would...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwest Notes: Gobert crucial to Jazz streak, Stockton's 10-day, Nurkic and Brewer make instant impacts

Rudy Gobert missed 26 games due to two knee injuries but he has been a focal point in the Jazz‘s recent nine-game winning streak. Gobert has always been praised for his defense and the Utah center said he deserves to be rewarded for it, Eric Woodyard of Desert News writes.“To me, there’s no question right now,” Gobert said about whether or not he should be Defensive Player of the...
Via Hoops Rumors
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwest Notes: Wolves refute Wiggins report; Jazz sign a Stockton; Harkless gets cash

Despite reports of whispers this week that Andrew Wiggins is unhappy as the Timberwolves‘ third option, the Minnesota guard and head coach Tom Thibodeau rejected the reports, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune writes.Wiggins, 23, is in his fourth season with the Wolves, but his numbers are down from the past two seasons. The former first overall pick is averaging 17.9 PPG and 4.1 RPG...
Via Hoops Rumors
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers fans launch GoFundMe page to fund LeBron James billboard

The current trend in anticipation of LeBron James’ presumed free agency this summer is for fans or businesses from NBA towns putting up billboards in a bid to recruit the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar. Now a contingent of Portland Trail Blazers fans have joined the movement. James is widely expected to hit free agency after the season by exercising the player option in his current...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers hold off Cavs, win 11th straight

Right now, there’s no stopping the Portland Trail Blazers. But on Friday night, they would take their winning streak to another level. On Friday night, they would take out LeBron James and the Cavaliers—winning their 11th straight.Despite LeBron’s 35 points and murder of Jusuf Nurkić, the Blazers didn’t back down. In fact, they would lead pretty comfortably well into the third quarter...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron: Give me Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard wants to go down in history as the best Trail Blazer ever. But LeBron James has a message for him. As for whether or not LeBron believes Lillard is being overlooked?“No, I don’t think so. But he definitely uses that. I like how he uses that. … There’s not a lot of true basketball minds and people that understand the game, but for me, I understand it, I know…”Those...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Turner to those saying he is overpaid: ‘Kiss my a–’

Evan Turner knows of a place where you can direct all of your complaints about his contract.In an interview with NBC Sports Northwest’s Jason Quick that ran on Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers swingman fired back at those labeling him overpaid.“First off, let me say one thing: Everything I have done, I have earned,” said Turner. “My contract – that’s my bread, and I earned my bread...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Blazers fan has words for Kevin Durant, gets ejected

Kevin Durant isn’t exactly the biggest fan favorite these days, and that was certainly true on Friday night in Portland.In the second quarter of a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers, a fan sitting courtside at the Moda Center had words for Durant during an inbounds play. Whatever the fan said to the reigning Finals MVP was enough for security to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Aldridge shares regret about relationship with Lillard

When the San Antonio Spurs swiped LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers lost a superstar pairing. Perhaps that wouldn’t have happened if he and Damian Lillard had a better relationship.Previously, Lillard said he’d hoped Aldridge would be a mentor. And now, in an interview with Michael Pina of Vice, Aldridge acknowledged he would’ve liked to handle that relationship...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard dissed Lakers after win

Damian Lillard couldn’t stop trampling on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.After the Portland Trail Blazers guard dropped 39 points (including 19 in the fourth quarter) to lead the team to a comeback 108-103 win over the Lakers, he dropped a diss on the purple-and-gold in his postgame interview as well.“You gotta take care of each game,” said Lillard of the victory. “Especially ones...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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