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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
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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days 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.
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
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

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
4 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...
Via RealGM
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
5 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
5 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
Via Next Impulse Sports
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Homage x Portland Trail Blazers ‘The Rip’ Tee

Down, beaten, bruised and still moving forward. Homage pays tribute to the Portland Trail Blazers with is Rip City tee. Show the team in the Northwest some love and cop this tee available now online at The post Homage x Portland Trail Blazers ‘The Rip’ Tee appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
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Blazers worried LaMarcus Aldridge will leave in free agency

The Portland Trail Blazers, who are coming off a 100-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday, are worried that soon-to-be free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will not re-sign with the team this summer. From the Oregonian‘s Jason Quick: Some Blazers players have already said they are worried free agency will take Aldridge away from Portland this summer. Earlier this...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Portland Trail Blazers Concerned About Losing LaMarcus Aldridge

The 2015 NBA free agent class is headlined by a couple franchise cornerstones in Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, but neither player has publicly expressed a desire to leave his current setting. However, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, the Portland Trail Blazers ought to be concerned about losing their star power forward in Aldridge. “After an atrocious performance...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers X-Factor: C.J. McCollum

Injuries have been plaguing the Portland Trail Blazers and one player who will now have a more significant role in this series against the Memphis Grizzlies is guard C.J. McCollum. With Wesley Mathews out for the season due to a torn left Achilles tendon and Arron Afflalo dealing with a right shoulder sprain, McCollum has stepped up and has played well in their absence. Everyone...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge more likely to leave than people realize

LaMarcus Aldridge once said he wants to finish his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. He also rejected Portland’s contract-extension offer before the season. There’s a rumor that he might listen to some pitches from other teams this summer. Ramona Shelburne on ESPN Aldridge: I think LaMarcus Aldridge is actually a lot more in play... The post LaMarcus Aldridge more likely...
Via The Garbage Time
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers eye playoffs with one week left in regular season

The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in a solid position with four games remaining in the regular season. The team has secured a fourth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs but also have some crucial questions that are as of now unanswerable. The team is not certain who they will play, and the list of potential opponents looks hard-fought at every angle. As of April 9th...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

How could ref make 3-point call on this Damian Lillard shot? (Video)

NBA referee Bennie Adams had Brooklyn Nets fans and broadcasters shaking their heads in disbelief Monday night when he gave Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard credit for a 3-pointer on a shot that was taken about 5 feet inside the three-point line. It happened with about 8:41 remaining in the third quarter as Lillard took his shot from the circle that marks the top of...
Via Holdout Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Portland Trail Blazers Rule the West?

On Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers claimed the Northwest Division Title all for themselves for themselves for the first time in 16 years. This was all thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But before the team could celebrate, there was the small task of demolishing the woeful L.A. Lakers, which they did in the overwhelming 107-77 victory. So...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

The 2005-06 men’s college basketball season was basically the Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick show.  The Gonzaga and Duke stars battled for the scoring title – Morrison won, averaging 28.1 points a game – and were named co-national players of the year. It was a friendly rivalry – their teams didn’t meet that season – and the competition between the two players basically...
Via College Spun
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wesley Matthews tears Achilles, will miss rest of season

The Portland Trail Blazers received devastating news when Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports announced that Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Portland’s Wesley Matthews suffered a left torn Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of season, a league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 6, 2015   Matthews, a...
Via Sportsnaut
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerome Kersey died from blood clot in his lungs

Beloved longtime Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey died Wednesday because of a blood clot that broke, medical officials announced Thursday. Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon state medical examiner’s office shared the news with The Oregonian and says a blood clot from Kersey’s left calf broke loose, traveled to his lungs and clogged his...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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