ICYMI San Antonio vs. Portland: Blazers Outlast Spurs

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his love ’em and hate ’em from the Portland Trail Blazers’ win over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Officially christening the newly named Moda Center last night, the Blazers extended their winning streak to two and received stellar play from all the starters. Nicolas Batum, however, once again made sure there was still something to hate about this contest.

ICYMI Portland vs. Phoenix: Blazers drop season opener

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson briefly recaps Portland’s contest against the Phoenix Suns and gives tells you what he loved and hated from their opening night loss. Though the top Blazers — LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard — performed admirably and look to be in top shape already, the rest of the squad was rather disappointing and there wasn’t too much to root for on Wednesday night. Dropping the first game of the year is always tough…

Blame Game: Players responsible for opening night loss

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three most disappointing players from Portland’s opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns last night. With expectations high for the 2013 season, the Blazers and their bench fell flat as the Suns powered past a winded Portland squad. Robin Lopez, Mo Williams, and Nicolas Batum were players who needed to step their games up a little more.

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

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.

Grading Neil Olshey’s first year with the Portland Trail Blazers

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson grades Neil Olshey’s first year as the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Coming to the Blazers from the Clippers, Olshey had to deal with an organization that was in a rut and in a mess. All he did was execute two outstanding drafts while securing talent that will help push Portland into the playoffs in the near future. He missed on Roy Hibbert, helped secure JJ Hickson, retained Nicolas Batum, and secured several veterans.

Welcome to Portland Allen Crabbe…Shooting guard from Cal

Portland Second Round Pick (31) The 2013 NBA Draft came and went last night in a spectacle that produced many surprises, the greatest of which was Nerlens Noel falling to the 6th pick after being projected as the first pick. But, as was mentioned countless times leading up to this year’s draft, there were numerous […]

Looking Back on Damian Lillard’s career night in Rip City

Lillard’s Big Night Sitting 11 games under .500, and mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Portland Trail Blazers had very little to play for heading in to last night’s contest against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. However, any time Portland hosts the Lakers at the Rose Garden, no matter the situation, there’s always something to […]

Rick’s picks week 18: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

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. Damian Lillard, JJ Hickson, and Eric Maynor all put on the show in Minnesota, ultimately leading to all three of them receiving a selection to this week’s picks.

Portland Trail Blazers: Updated player odds for NBA awards

NWSB inside and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin reports on what he thinks are the odds for Portland players to bring home top NBA honors. Leading the way is Damian Lillard, who has a great shot at the rookie of the year award. LaMarcus Aldridge has a great resume for MVP, but is a long-shot in today’s NBA.

Blazers drop to Mavs despite Aldridge’s efforts

NWSB Editor and Insider talks about Portland’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. When Portland took the court against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, there were plenty of similarities between this contest and their game in Minnesota. The Blazers established a lead, could not find a way to continue building that lead in the second half, LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game, and Nicolas Batum was still missing.

Blazers hold off Timberwolves for 100-98 victory

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Blazers’ victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in Minnesota. Portland entered the fourth quarter leading the T-Wolves 77-58, a relatively large margin by NBA standards. But despite this big lead, the game turned interesting as Minnesota was able to put on an impressive fourth quarter, scoring 40 points along the way. A huge block by LaMarcus Aldridge that stopped what could have been a game-tying shot with the clock winding down.

Rick’s Picks Week 12: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

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. The Blazers struggled this past week, though LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and JJ Hickson earn All-Star recognition, while JJ Hickson takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.

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