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NBA / Oct 11, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Will Damian Lillard Reach Elite Status This Season?

Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

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 »

NBA / Oct 3, 2014 / 12:30 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge Is “All In” With Trailblazers This Season and Beyond

LaMarcus Aldridge

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 »

NBA / May 17, 2014 / 8:20 pm

What The Trail Blazers Can Learn After The Spurs Handed Them A Beatdown

Damian Lillard

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 »

instagram, Twitter / May 9, 2014 / 12:35 am

Snake Under Locker Greets Trail Blazers Before Game 2

Rattlesnack

Before Game 2 between the Spurs and Blazers at the AT&T Center in San Antonio tonight, Portland’s forward Thomas Robinson discovered an unusual site under his locker: a hissing snake. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 NBA Coach Of The Year Candidates

Frank Vogel

Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.

Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »

NBA / Dec 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm

How LaMarcus Aldridge Became Worthy MVP Candidate This Year

LaMarcus Aldridge

“The king stay the king.”

Those are loaded words from D’Angelo Barksdale as he explains the nuances of chess to Bodie and Wallace, but he could easily be referring to the MVP crown, which has belonged to LeBron James four out of the last five seasons. This year, as usual, it’s LeBron’s race to lose, but there’s a whole new crop of precocious upstarts looking to unseat the throne, not the least of whom are Indiana’s Paul George, who continues his meteoric rise to stardom, and perhaps more surprisingly, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who has quietly lead his team to the franchise’s best start in more than two decades. Read More »

NBA / Dec 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Which Team Has Been The Bigger Surprise: Portland Or Phoenix?

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers teammates

If we ask this question again in May, the answer might be lopsided. Portland is fighting for a top seed in the West, and possible homecourt advantage, where their crazed fans have pushed them out to a 10-2 record. They have two likely All-Stars and at 22-5, are a sure bet to make the playoffs. And yet they might not be the Western Conference’s biggest surprise so far. Read More »

NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 3:30 pm

7 Reasons Why The Blazers Are Serious NBA Finals Contenders

Damian Lillard

As the calendar turns over to December and the snow begins to fall, a month of the NBA season has gone by just like that. Just like Drake reminded us in September, nothing was the same. Teams that looked poised to make deep playoff runs on paper have turned out to be vying for the rights to Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins instead of the Larry O’Brien trophy, while teams that everyone overlooked are emerging as serious title contenders. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Dec 5, 2013 / 10:30 am

Russell Westbrook Doesn’t Want Damian Lillard To Be Scared

Russell Westbrook

There was a little game within a game yesterday during Portland’s 111-104 victory over the visiting Thunder. A small battle between Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook broke out, and Russ told Blazers coach Terry Stotts that Dame shouldn’t be scared after Wesley Matthews switched to cover Russ on defense. The back-and-forth became an empty gesture, though, when the Blazers got the big win. Read More »

NBA / Nov 8, 2013 / 11:15 am

Put Up Or Shut Up: Damian Lillard, Blazers Know Defense Is The Key

Damian Lillard

There’s no question that the Portland Trail Blazers made significant upgrades to their roster over the summer. They added a more formidable frontcourt presence in Robin Lopez, a highly serviceable backup point guard in Mo Williams, and a potentially intriguing prospect in Thomas Robinson. Through a series of carefully-orchestrated moves, general manager Neil Olshey managed to not only bolster a bench rotation that was literally the worst in the league last season, he did it without breaking the bank or coughing up any valuable assets. Read More »