Bryant Knox breaks down what we learned about the Portland Trailblazers during their recent five-game road trip. Despite going 2-3 on the trip, we saw more good things than bad. LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like the best power forward in the NBA, as he’s more well-rounded than Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is sidelined with an injury. This team is going to fight no matter what its record is, but there’s no denying that the final month of the season is going to be tough when it comes to making the playoffs.
NWSB Insider Brant Knox breaks down which NW Pac-12 players will enter the 2013 college football season with a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. Keith Price of the Washington Huskies and Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas of the Oregon Ducks are the pre-season favorites out of the Northwest. Thomas Tyner of the Ducks is an honorable mention, as the Heisman Pundit has listed him as a future candidate from the 2013 recruiting class.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 24 matchup against the OKC Thunder. The Blazers began the current five-game road trip with two losses, but back-to-back wins over the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks have given fans hope that the playoffs might be a possibility. This group plays up to its competition, and that’s what it will have to do on Sunday. The key matchup is at the point guard position. Damian Lillard said coming into the year that he pictured himself being a Russell Westbrook-type point guard, and he’ll look to have a big game to close out the road trip.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 22 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Like the Blazers, the Atlanta Hawks are in a bit of a rebuilding mode right now, but the Hawks are the ones who have locked up a playoff spot. Which team has the brighter future is still in question, as Josh Smith’s future is up in the air; but both teams have something to look forward to, and the matchup between Smith and LaMarcus Aldridge will be something to watch for.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 17 matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. Portland is coming off a 112-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia is eight games behind the eighth seed out East, but they’re the ninth-best team in the league when it comes to points allowed. The key matchup in this one will be at the point guard position. Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday will face off for the second time.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 16 matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Portland has played both up and down to its competition this season. Detroit enters the Rose Garden as the coldest team in the league, which means the Blazers need to assert themselves as the alpha dogs early in the contest. The key matchup falls at the point guard position where Damian Lillard will take on either Brandon Knight or Jose Calderon. Lillard was outplayed by Knight last time around, but the Pistons’ floor general is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 14 matchup against the New York Knicks. The last time these two met, the Blazers shocked the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. PDX won 105-100, and it spoiled the return of Amare’ Stoudemire. Stoudemire will be out for this one, and Carmelo Anthony is less than 100 percent. The key matchup is going to be at the point guard position. Although Nicolas Batum matching up against Anthony may have a bigger impact, Portland fans need to see Damian Lillard have a great game against Raymond Felton.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 12 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland has become one of the toughest teams in the NBA to predict. Big wins and bigger losses have scattered its schedule all year, but that kind of inconsistency makes them dangerous at home. The key matchup will be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph, assuming Randolph is healthy. If Randolph is out, J.J. Hickson and Marc Gasol will garner more attention.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 10 matchup against the New Orleans Hornets. Portland is coming off a dominant performance against the San Antonio Spurs. If there is a defining moment in this season, that game could be it, and it could be the one that sparks a push toward the postseason. The key matchup is going to be between Wesley Matthews and Eric Gordon T the 2-guard position.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 7 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Portland is coming off of a close loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, while the San Antonio Spurs most recently blew out the Chicago Bulls. The Blazers know what needs to happen in San Antonio, but getting it done is a whole different concept. The key matchup is going to be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Jan. 4 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is coming off a disasterous performance against the Toronto Raptors, and things aren’t getting any easier with a visit to a surging Memphis team. The key matchup in this one is between LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph. Meyers Leonard is out with a sprained ankle.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 4th matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats. The first time these two teams played, it proved to be one of the more dramatic showings of the season. Portland executed a massive comeback to perfection, and it ended up winning 118-112 in overtime. They key matchup this time around will be at the point guard position between Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker.