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Damian Lillard should decline invitation to NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox explains why the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard should decline his invitation to participate in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. Simply put, Lillard needs rest if he wants to help LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest of his teammates down the stretch. Not to mention guys like Vince Carter, Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan have set the bar too high for today’s expectations.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 14

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 1-1, taking down the Toronto Raptors, while falling to the Memphis Grizzlies. Damian Lillard’s slump continued at the beginning of the week, but after being announced as an All-Star with LaMarcus Aldridge, he bounced back against Toronto. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum also deserve recognition.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 14

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 14, honors go to Damian Lillard, as we recognize his recent All-Star berth as a reserve alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. In two matchups against the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

NBA All-Star Reserves: Aldridge, Lillard make the cut

Damian Lillard LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the recent selection of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge to the 2014 NBA A–Star Game. This marks the first time in 20 years that Rip City has had multiple All-Stars; the last two teammates being Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler. Other notable reserves are Chris Paul, James Harden and Dwight Howard.

LaMarcus Aldridge earns spot in Portland Trail Blazers history

LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox discusses LaMarcus Aldridge’s most recent milestone: Passing Cliff Robinson for third on the all-time scoring list for the Portland Trail Blazers. Ahead of Aldridge are Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler, begging the question: Where does Aldridge rank among the all-time greats? Does he top Kevin Duckworth, Buck Williams or Bill Walton? How about Brandon Roy? It’s early in the process, but never too early to debate.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 13

Nicolas Batum

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, honors go to Nicolas Batum, as we recognize his resiliency against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, as well as his desire to make the All-Star Game. In five games, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 13

Rockets Blazers

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-3, taking down the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, while falling to the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. For the first time this season, Damian Lillard is encountering a shooting slump, but LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews made up the difference.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 12

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 12, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge, as we recognize his performances against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. In three games, he averaged 29.3 points and 14.3 rebounds. The question is whether he can keep it up alongside Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 12

Kyrie Irving Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 12, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 3-0, taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. As usual, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge stood out for Portland, but Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews had solid performances as well.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 11

CJ McCollum

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 11, honors go to CJ McCollum, as we recognize his NBA debut after breaking his foot in training camp. In two games, he averaged seven points, and he showed a glimpse of what he can do alongside Mo Williams playing behind Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 11

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 11, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, taking down the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, while falling to the Sacramento Kings. As usual, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge stood out for Portland, but Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and CJ McCollum had noteworthy performances.

Portland Trail Blazers’ New Year’s Resolution: Sustain success

Portland Trail Blazers vs. 76ers

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down how the Portland Trail Blazers can achieve their New Year’s Resolution: sustaining the success they’ve found during the 2013-14 NBA season. Players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge have been hot, but keeping guys like Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum hot from three is important. The team must also force more turnovers, get more production off the bench and win winnable games.

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