Rick’s Picks Week 7: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

JJ Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. Going toe-to-toe with Spurs point guard Tony Parker, Damian Lillard was once again being baptized by fire in his rookie season, and like so many of his outings this year, Lillard impressed. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and JJ Hickson earn All-Star recognition in week seven, while Nicolas Batum takes home the Dunk of the Week.

Northwest hoops stars the weeks that were in the NBA Ver 3.0

Robert Sacre LA Lakers

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his third installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. This time he’s going with the young guns, highlighting their hopeful rise to fame in the NBA. So far, none of the recent draft picks have seen a ton of time for their respective teams, most seeing action in the NBDL. But there’s hope for them, as injuries, blowouts, and good showings will give them more NBA action.

How a fake punt has kicked in some controversy in Seattle

Pete Carroll

NWSB insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Phil Slater weighs in today with another coaches decision breakdown. Phil coaches football, so we’ll trust Phil on this one. Let’s get to the bitter truth of this play; the Bills were losing, lackadaisical and a sense of apathy was creeping into their game. Phil says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll exploited weakness’ in the Buffalo Bills like a preying lion. Thoughts?

NCAA Football: 2012 UW Huskies season rewind

Bishop Sankey, Washington Huskies

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies football blogger Chris Hall breaks down the UW 2012 football season. With the regular season over, and the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl ahead this Saturday, what better time to reflect on the highs and lows of the 2012 NCAA football season. Highs were definitely the wins over Stanford and OSU, lows, losses at Oregon and LSU. Bishop Sankey gets the nod as the Huskies most dangerous player.

Checking in on the future Seattle SuperSonics

Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings

NWSB Insider and Seattle SuperSonics blogger Clinton Bell gives us the first of his series “Checking in with the future Seattle SuperSonics” pieces. As their record shows, the Sacramento Kings aren’t anywhere close to being a contender yet, but they are just about where are Sonics were when they were stolen from us. A great core of exciting young players will have this team in position to contend when the changing of the guard happens in the Western Conference.

Two straight 50 point games has Hawks one win from Playoffs

Russell Wilson Seahawks vs. Bills

NWSB Insider and Seahawks’ Blogger Ben Tole talks about what to back to back fifty plus point offensive performances have done for the 2012 Seahawks psyche. Jim Harbaugh will have his work cut out for him this week preparing for Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Golden Tate and the offense. As will Pete Carroll who has to prepare for a similar quarterback in Colin Kapernick .

Obvious reasons the Seahawks laid a beatdown on the Bills!

Chris Clemons vs. Bills

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Bryan McFarlane brings us up to speed on the five reasons the Seahawks laid another smackdown. This time on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Week 15 NFL action. It’s no secret Marshawn Lynch has undoubtedly been in Beastmode all season long. Add that to Russell Wilson’s 92 and you’ve got over 200 yards between your dynamic backfield duo.

Portland Trail Blazers: Top 5 plays from early 2012-13 season

Damian Lillard Game-Winner (Photo Credit: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ top plays throughout the early part of the 2012-13 NBA season. The Blazers have the potential to be one of the most exciting, young teams in the entire NBA. Their roster is full of energetic players, and the athleticism displayed on the floor is the reason they have highlights almost every night. Nicolas Batum, Luke Babbitt, Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard make the cut.

CFL: Report card time: BC Lions defence

Khalif Mitchell BC Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil Slater is here to give us his rendition of the BC Lions deffensive unit report cards. The bartender always knows best right? Phil says that the linebackers were the jewels of the Lions D this past year. The D line could have had an A grade as well if not for a certain someone going off at the mouth on his Twitter account.

2012 Washington St. Cougars basketball: Month in review

Brock Motum and D.J> Shelton

NWSB Editor and Insider Jordin Ereth reviews the first month of the Washington State Cougars basketball season. After the abysmal year from the Washington State Cougars football program, there was an aura of optimism surrounding the upcoming basketball season. One month into the 2012-2013 campaign, and the Cougars stand at 7-4. Brock Motum is the head of the pack, Mike Ladd is the biggest surprise and Royce Woolridge has the most room for improvement.

Lillard’s game winning buzzer beat leads Portland over Hornets

The shot heard around Blazer Nation (Photo: Bruce Ely / The Oregonian)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Hornets matchup. Hampered by a hip injury, Wesley Matthews has tried his best to get back in the game. He had yet to play since December 8th before starting Sunday. He also says the thing about this game—that seems to be getting buried—is how good Nicolas Batum was.

Things to watch for in the UW vs. Boise St. Maaco Bowl matchup

Maaco Las Vegas Bowl

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies blogger Clinton Bell gives us five things that he is watching for in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl this Saturday against the Boise St. Broncos. First off, what ever happened in the 4th quarter of the Apple Cup needs to be addressed, fixed, and never allowed to happen ever again. If the Huskies can take the Broncos out of their game, and put the ball into Bishop Sankey’s, this game could be ours to win.