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Love & Hate…2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers schedule

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog takes a look at the 2013-14 schedule, giving us his pros and cons. On the plus side, the team starts out the season on KGW. Fans in Rip City who don’t have Comcast will have a chance to see LaMarcus Aldridge and crew open the year against the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news, as Hartzog references a Blazersedge article by Ben Goliver that points out long road trips and back-to-backs.

Early Portland Trail Blazers 2013 season predictions

Damian Lillard Will Barton

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog offers up his predictions about the 2013-14 NBA season. ESPN recently projected Rip City to finish 10th in the Western Conference. However, following the moves to bring in Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright, a seventh or eight seed seems more likely. Don’t forget about Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, either. Two of those guys could be all-stars.

Oregon Ducks Playmakers to watch this season

De'Anthony Thomas Ducks

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks Blogger previews the upcoming college football season by giving us five playmakers to watch for in 2013. De’Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner will star in the backfield, although Byron Marshall could become the team’s every-down back. Marcus Mariota is another obvious choice. On defense, keep an eye on Arik Armstead and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Five Oregon State Beavers to keep your eyes on for 2013

Civil War Football Game at Reser Stadium

NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jason Hartzog brings us his top five players to watch in the 2013 season for the Beavers. At every position on the field the Beavs have an anchor, but there will still be some work for them if they want to keep up with Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North. Check out who Jason picked, and hit him up in the comments if you agree or disagree.

Flash forward: A look at Portland’s depth at forward

Wright (4) should give the Blazers a great option from 3 (Mark L. Baer/US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about the Blazers’ depth at forward in the coming season. After being mocked for having no depth at all, Portland went into the offseason with a bang and solidified their depth chart, making them a very potent team who could very well contend in the near future. Among the biggest additions the Blazers made were Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson, players who will look to make an impact in PDX.

The best Blazers game I’ve ever been to…

Brandon Roy

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Jason Hartzog recaps what it was like being at the Rose Garden during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion built a near-insurmountable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Than a shot by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge gave the team hope. Roy’s heroics brought the team back in one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history.

What can Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks do in 2013/14?

Oregon Duck Basketball Head Coach Dana Altman

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks basketball blogger Jason Hartzog talks about how the Ducks could potentially fare in their 2013-2014 basketball season. The Ducks can absolutely make it back to the NCAA Tournament next year. Another sweet-16 bid will be difficult, but I like their odds. Notable transfers such as Mike Moser, Joseph Young, and Jalil Abdul-Bassit all make this team a contender in the Pac-12.

Can Oregon return to NCAA Tournament with new recruiting class?

Moser should immediately contribute.

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about Oregon’s chances of getting back to the NCAA Tournament after a bevy of players left the team. Though the Ducks did lose some key players, Hartzog makes sure to analyze the incoming recruiting class and how that will impact Oregon’s postseason chances.

Players the Trail Blazers should target with #10 pick

Kentavius Caldwell-Pope is as good as his name sounds (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about what five players he would like to see drafted by the Blazers with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. There is a mixed bunch drafted at number 10, but judging by history, the odds of drafting at least a role player is pretty high. All the Blazers need is a role player. They need someone to come off the bench and score some points. Targets look like Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Tips Portland should follow if they want to make 2014 Playoffs

Muhammad could potentially become a Blazer (US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.

Aldridge and Lillard are the building blocks to Rip City success

LaMarcus Aldridge Chris Bosh

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog details how Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the building blocks of Portland’s future. Portland needs to give Lillard and Aldridge players who will compliment their styles. Should they choose to do so, they will see success in the near future. One thing Jason liked, was the move to try and get Roy Hibbert last off-season. That could have pushed them to the playoffs this season.

Grading Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts’ 2012-13 Season

Terry Stotts

Jason Hartzog grades the job that Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did during the 2012-13 NBA season. Rip City gave Stotts his third attempt at being a head coach, and he did well considering the roster he was handed. Placing Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge was a recipe for success from the beginning, but allowing Nicolas Batum to become an integral part of the offense is what pushed him toward All-Star levels.

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