/ Oct 14, 2014 / 8:45 pm
Prolific scorers that do their vast majority of damage from LaMarcus Aldridge are few and far between in the modern NBA. And considering the league’s collective understanding of which shot attempts carry the most value has finally reached its zenith, there won’t be much more of them in the future, either. Aldridge, then, is a dying breed – or at least he was. In a recent interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, the Portland Trail Blazers star said that he’s going to add three-pointers to his measured offensive repertoire this season. Read More »
/ Oct 11, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The sophomore slump is a rite of passage for most second-year players. It’s mostly precipitated by fatigue, as the slog of an 82-game season inevitably begins to take its toll. It often manifests itself in shooting droughts and/or nagging injuries.
On the surface, Damian Lillard was mostly immune to this last season, but if you were watching closely, you noticed that his field goal percentage came in peaks and valleys, and there were times throughout the season when he was downright streaky. Read More »
/ Oct 3, 2014 / 12:30 pm
It’s hard to imagine that it was just over a year ago that there were rumors floating around that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge had demanded a trade, but that’s exactly the scenario the Portland Trailblazers were facing after a disastrous end to the 2012-2013 season during which they lost (a franchise worst) 13 consecutive games and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Read More »
With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »
The Portland Trail Blazers have never hosted All-Star Weekend. In fact, they’re one of only a handful of current NBA cities yet to host the annual event. That’s a shame because, as any frothy-mouthed local will tell you, Rip City offers so many unique experiences that they’re almost impossible to catalogue.
Undaunted by that near-Himalayan task, that’s precisely what we’ll aim to accomplish here. Read More »
/ Jul 8, 2014 / 8:45 pm
LaMarcus Aldridge is eligible to sign an extension with the Portland Trailblazers this summer, but won’t be doing so until a year from now. While that’s discouraging news for the Blazers on the surface, Aldridge also made it clear that he intends to remain in Portland for the long-haul while taking advantage of his rights as a free agent. Read More »
/ Jul 4, 2014 / 2:15 pm
As the 2013-14 NBA season has come to a conclusion, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year for fantasy owners. Finding value is crucial in keeper leagues and is a big part of building a championship roster. Drafting fresh each year becomes a daunting task of finding players who are ready to break out and have a bigger impact than they did the year before. Below is a list of 10 players who should be selected earlier than they probably went in your fantasy draft last year. These players had impact seasons this year and should take the another step next year to become big time fantasy studs. Read More »
/ May 17, 2014 / 8:20 pm
Every year, a team “grows up” in the playoffs. It’s part of a painful learning curve every great team has to endure. This year, that team was the Portland Trail Blazers, and they did it in dramatic fashion with a miraculous, series-clinching buzzer-beater that catapulted them into the Conference Semifinals for the first time in 14 years and brought an entire city to its feet. Read More »
Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. There are no weak teams left but rather just the mighty squads that are all capable of winning at this level in this kind of environment. Because of the level of talent from team to team, games–especially those that mean so much–come down to the wire and it is up to the “closer” to bring his ninth inning heat and finish out the contest. Read More »
/ May 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm
Memphis by way of Baltimore? It doesn’t get much grimier than that. So is it any surprise that it was the rugged, skinny kid from Mobtown who had the Blazers’ backs when they needed it the most?
For more than a week now, the Blazers have been wondering what happened to their pride. In Game 4 against the Spurs, it was the inspiring, and improbable, play of Will Barton that showed everyone just what pride looks like. Read More »