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.
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.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s big victory over the Indiana Pacers. Needing a victory to get out of their rut, many wondered how far Portland would fall with games against the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers on the horizon. The free-fall would halt, however, on Wednesday night when the Blazers took complete control of their game against the Pacers and blew them out with an impressive 100-80 victory.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s loss to the Washington Wizards. After going through a streak of games that saw them jump into playoff contention and be recognized as one of the more dangerous rosters in the league, the Blazers have all but disappeared as they have lost six straight games, the latest being a buzzer-beating loss to the unimpressive and downtrodden Washington Wizards (9-30).
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 beat a struggling Heat team while helping their record, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews earn All-Star recognition, while Nicolas Batum takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s nail-biting victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Playing host to the Miami Heat, basketball’s version of the New York Yankees, the Portland Trail Blazers were looking to continue their hot streak and extend their winning streak to four games against a Heat team that has been struggling as of late.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews Portlands contest against the New York Knicks. This will be the first meeting between these two teams this year, New York being heavily favored as many believe this is the year they can once again contend for a championship. Should the Blazers wish to solidify themselves as a legitimate playoff contender, they must play a sound game against an extremely dangerous and impressive team.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s easy victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Not at all resembling the team that lost to a mediocre Sacramento team just a few days ago, Portland jumped out to a lead and kept asserting their dominance, proving they are at least above a certain tier of teams in the NBA. One of the players that has been essential to Portland’s uprising this season is LaMarcus Aldrige.
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. Poor bench play, a disappearing LaMarcus Aldridge, and downright awful defense has plagued Portland in their recent contests, leaving many to wonder where this team is actually headed. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Luke Babbitt earn All-Star recognition in week two, while Lillard also takes home the Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Damian Lillard’s performance through the early party of 2012. The young point guard from Weber State has been impressive so far as he has shown all it takes to be a standout point guard at the NBA level. Through four games, Lillard has played an average of 37 minutes, shot just over 40% from the field, made roughly 94% of his free throws, and scored 19.3 points per game.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the Rose Garden, one of the premier venues for watching professional basketball. Even though the team has not witnessed prominent success since 2000, the Rose Garden Arena still remains one of the best places to watch an NBA game, even before the game starts. Mark Mason and an environmentally friendly atmosphere truly distinguish the Rose Garden from other arenas.