Jason Hartzog previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ April 16 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Blazers are currently on an 11-game losing streak. They will look to end the season on a strong note in their final two contests, but they’ve been playing without starters Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMArcus Aldridge, and/or JJ Hickson for most of their current skid. The key matchup in this one will be at the center position between Meyers Leonard and DeAndre Jordan.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox talks about Damian Lillard’s best and worse case NBA comparisons. Everybody wants to compare prospects to current NBA players. While it may be unfair to cast a rookie in another man’s shadow, it’s never too early to think about what he could be heading deep into the future. Derrick Rose is regarded as the best guard in the NBA. Not unlike Lillard today, Jerryd Bayless was supposed to be the point guard of the future.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas talks about RIP City’s GM Neil Olshey’s possible interest in bringing in Chauncey Billups to Portland for Jamal Crawford. What could be a struggle for Olshey is trying to convince Billups to take a secondary role for a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2012.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas reacts to the news out of RIP City recently for people calling for Coach Nate McMillen’s head. Portland fans are hopeless romantics when it comes to their Blazers. and the innocence is cute in a way. This blog post is not an excuse for McMillian but rather a legitimate reason for his inability to win with his roster.