VIDEO: Barkley Says Lillard and McCollum Are The Second-Best Backcourt In The NBA

After struggling in the first few games of their first round playoff series, the play of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in Games Three, Four and Five has been one of the main reasons the Trail Blazers hold a 3-2 advantage versus the Clippers. Mason Plumlee has arguably been Portland’s most valuable player, and both Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless have delivered game-changing...
Via Forward Center
2 hours ago

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers Adjust to New Role as Favorites in Playoff Series Against Los Angeles Clippers

The Portland Trail Blazers will be in an unfamiliar position as they prepare to take on the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night in Game 6 of their first-round NBA Western Conference Playoffs series. For one of the first times all season, the Blazers will be the consensus heavy favorites to beat another playoff team. The Portland Trail Blazers will be in an unfamiliar position as they...
Via Blazer's Edge
3 hours ago

The Trail Blazers embrace their rite of playoff passage in Los Angeles

Sports always carry a richly psychological component, but for the Portland Trail Blazers, the between-the-ears reality of high-stakes competition was never more profound than on Wednesday night. In Game 5 of the Western Conference first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Trail Blazers figured to win. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were out. J.J. Redick was far from 100 percent...
Via Crossover Chronicles
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Can’t Change Their Mentality Now

From Day 1 of the 2015-16 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers have had an underdog mentality. They were counted out and projected to fall into the deepest and dankest of Western Conference cellars before the year began. When they were struggling, they were tanking. When they were winning, they were a cute story of a team playing with house money. Now, following a 108-98 Game 5...
Via Oregon Sports News
8 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers Don’t Deserve Asterisk Treatment

You want to know the single greatest and most cruel entity in sports? Luck. Luck has a lot to do with success and failure; its impact on sports is as essential as the athletes who play. A lucky bounce of the ball. A Hail-Mary shot that goes in. A deflected ball that lands in just the right spot. A star player (or two) going down with an injury. Like a wet spot on the court, injuries...
Via Oregon Sports News
8 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers Game Five Recap – That Was Quite The Intense Game

The Portland Trail Blazers have just gripped the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers in a headlock, defeating them 108-98 in Game 5 of their seven-game series, and going up 3-2. Not only is this the first series lead Portland’s had, but it was their third straight win after dropping the first two Los Angeles tilts in blowout fashion. This game was closer than the fourth quarter would...
Via Oregon Sports News
8 hours ago

WATCH: Trail Blazers CJ McCollum addresses media following Game 5

Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum addresses media following Portland's Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Clippers
Via The Oregonian
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blazers Handle Shorthanded Clippers, Move to Verge of Series Win

L.A. managed to contain Damian Lillard for three quarters, but the game contains four... The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business tonight in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Their 108-98 victory gave them a 3-2 lead heading home for the clinching opportunity on Friday night. Considering they were missing Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, both...
Via Blazer's Edge
14 hours ago

WATCH: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Game 5 by the numbers

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Game 5 by the numbers
Via The Oregonian
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers Assert Themselves In Fourth To Win Game Five

LOS ANGELES — It took a while, but the Trail Blazers we’ve seen in the last two games in Portland finally showed up in Los Angeles Tuesday night, and not a minute too soon. After failing to exert their will on an undermanned opponent playing without both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers by 10 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 109...
Via Forward Center
16 hours ago

Clippers fans arrive late to Staples Center for Game 5 vs Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers entered Wednesday night’s Western Conference first round Game 5 match-up knotted up at 2-2. However, the fans there for opening tip at 7:00 pm PST made it seem like the Clippers and Blazers were playing a meaningless game in mid-March between two non-playoff teams. Late arriving crowd at Staples Center for the early 7pm start...
Via The Comeback
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Game 5 preview

Returning to the Staples Center after two games at the Moda Center, the Portland Trail Blazers come back to Los Angeles a rejuvenated team. After leaving Los Angeles after the first two games down 0-2 in the series, the Trail Blazers return with the series tied at two a piece. Coming into Game 5, the Trail Blazers have turned the tides in the series. The play of Damian Lillard the...
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard On NBA Playoffs, Free Agency, and Recovery

The Trail Blazers big man discusses his recovery and intentions after season ending shoulder surgery. Early Tuesday morning, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune published a piece outlining Meyers Leonard's recovery status. In it, he covers Leonard's physical recovery concerning the shoulder surgery he had less than three weeks ago, but also his emotional standing after being shut...
Via Blazer's Edge
1 day ago

WATCH: John Canzano: Trail Blazers in charge with 2-2 series lead?

The Oregonian/OregonLive sports columnist John Canzano after Portland's 98-84 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 Monday, tying the first-round series 2-2.
Via The Oregonian
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers zing DeAndre Jordan on Twitter over horrible free throw

DeAndre Jordan is one of the worst free throw shooters in the NBA, and the Los Angeles Clippers big man put his shortcomings on full display during Monday night’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. And the Blazers let him hear it via their official Twitter account: Our staff is currently looking into the wind issue inside the arena. Should have a report soon.
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chris Paul could be out for playoffs with hand injury

Chris Paul suffered a broken hand during the Clippers’ Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, and now the prognosis for the injury does not sound good. ESPN’s J.A. Adande reports that a source told him the injury could knock CP3 out for the remainder of the postseason: A source said Chris Paul is "most likely" out for the rest of the playoffs because of the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Aminu And Injuries Surface As Portland Ties Series With Game Four Win

PORTLAND — Though Al-Farouq Aminu had struggled mightily from behind the three-point line in the first three games of Portland’s first round playoff series versus the Clippers, his coaches and teammates were adamant that they wanted the starting forward to keep shooting. Sooner or later, the percentages would come back around and the shots were start falling. Luckily for Aminu...
Via Forward Center
2 days ago

adidas D Lillard 2 PDX Carpet

For the second time in as many years. Trail Blazers guard and three stripes athlete Damian Lillard pays respect to the most famous carpet in American aviation with the adidas D Lillard 2 PDX Carpet colorway. Keep it locked here for an official drop date to cop. The post adidas D Lillard 2 PDX Carpet appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers players do not know their Taylor Swift songs

When you think about the music most likely to be filling up the iPods of NBA players, odds are not many of you would include Taylor Swift. After witnessing an in-game "Name That Tune" gimmick run by the Portland Trail Blazers, there may be some empirical evidence to back that assumption up. Apparently the Blazers aren't Taylor Swift fans. — Eric Griffith...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lillard has 32 and Blazers beat Clippers 96-88 in Game 3

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers found their offense at home, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 96-88 on Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the Western Conference first-round series. Newly crowned Most Improved Player CJ McCollum added 27 points for Portland, which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Clippers going back to...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' C.J. McCollum named NBA's Most Improved Player

The NBA rolled out another of its postseason awards Friday when it announced that Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has been named its Most Improved Player.McCollum  received 101 first-place votes and 559 total points, easily outpacing Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who finished second overall and had just seven first-place votes and 166 total points. McCollum, 24, blossomed...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Game 2 preview and prediction

Last Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers fell 95-115 to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round.  Game 2 is set for Wednesday, April 20, at 10:30pm EST at the Staples Center once again.  This next game isn’t in the realm of “must win” territory, but it’s the next closest thing to that.  The Blazers are...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers troll Clippers over ‘block party’ tweet

The Clippers put a beating on the Trail Blazers in their first playoff game Sunday night, but Portland wasn’t about to roll over and let its opponent dominate on social media, too. As L.A. was cruising to a 115-95 victory in Game 1, the person who runs the team’s Twitter account bragged about the “block party” that was going on. Block party. — LA Clippers (@LAClippers...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA flameout Adam Morrison has a doomsday bunker

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kyle Wiltjer recently revealed that Adam Morrison, who starred at Gonzaga before flaming out in the NBA, apparently has a doomsday bunker all set up because he fears an impending apocalypse. "The guy is fully equipped if there was an apocalypse,” Wiltjer said on a recent Pardon My Take podcast, via For the Win. “He’s got food stationed away. Everything...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard and the value of emotion

How do we measure the value of emotion? Not the emotion of a single player, but the emotion a single player can elicit during the course of a game. In our current hoops coverage landscape, so much of the attention is given to empirical data to separate the bad from the good, and the good from the great (with reason, I should add). The numbers, however, often remove a layers of humanity...
Via Yardbarker
March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

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