ICYMI San Antonio vs. Portland: Blazers Outlast Spurs

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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

Lillard looked in top shape already on Wednesday. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

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

Robin Lopez

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

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.

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

Neil Olshey

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

Crabbe's upside is his potential to continue developing. (Tommy LaPorte/Icon SMI)

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 […]

Former Blazers coach McMillan talks about Felton and his weight

Anybody got a jelly doughnut? (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Nate McMillan’s recent comments on Raymond Felton and his time with the Portland Trail Blazers. Noting that the Felton that has performed well for the New York Knicks in this year’s NBA Playoffs was the Felton Portland envisioned having, former head coach McMillan said that Felton’s weight likely played a big part in him not really succeeding with the Blazers.

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.

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

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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 […]

State of the Trail Blazers: what’s gone wrong?

Portland is not feeling good after a tough loss to the Wizards. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the current state of the Blazers and where they stand in relation to the NBA Playoffs. Now they are five games under .500 (29-34), third in the Northwest, and four games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 19 games to go. And while Portland could regroup and make a run for the playoffs, the recent play of the Lakers Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash is going to make it tough.

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

LaMarcus Aldridge

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.

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