NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 19, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 1-3, defeating the Atlanta Hawks while falling the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews all had noteworthy performances.
NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee wonders where in the world Steve Nash is. The former Phoenix Sun (and Dallas Maverick) has virtually disappeared with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Team Canadian hero has dealt with injuries throughout the twilight of his career, and now the question is: Can he lift L.A. to relevancy after failing to do so alongside Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in Year 1.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down how Northwest BC Boy Kelly Olynyk will look in 2013 for the Boston Celtics. Steve points out with the ability to run the pick and roll/slip/pop etc in a variety of effective fashions, starting Olynyk on opening night as your man in the middle is not that bad of an option. OK, his defensive intensity and lack of “mean mugging” a’la KG may not place him on the All-NBA Defensive team…
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund gives us his top 5 Sonics moments in time, well 5-3 in this edition at least. A great look at a fan throughout his childhood, and the memories that he attached to each game on the list. Starting from a very young age, not knowing if it were real or not, to a high school aged Peter enjoying hearing a player get the business from his coach. Good times were definitely had by the Edlund family at the Key.
Bryant Knox breaks down what we learned about the Portland Trailblazers during their recent five-game road trip. Despite going 2-3 on the trip, we saw more good things than bad. LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like the best power forward in the NBA, as he’s more well-rounded than Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is sidelined with an injury. This team is going to fight no matter what its record is, but there’s no denying that the final month of the season is going to be tough when it comes to making the playoffs.
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, but a few solid performances continue to give this team hopes for the postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge, JJ Hickson and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition, while Meyers Leonard takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox explains why the Portland Trail Blazers would be better of bringing J.J. Hickson off the bench this season. The Blazers bench is averaging just 12.8 points per game, which is hands-down the worst in the entire NBA. Meyers Leonard may not be ready to take the starting center role, but Hickson would be a far better leader off the bench at this point in the 2012-13 season.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox tells us why Brandon Roy was such a beloved figure in PDX. The form UW Huskies star gave his all night in and night out in RIP City. Today he’s back to make a comeback. Signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Any fan of Roy’s will be happy to see him back in the basketball world. A career 35.2 percent shooter from beyond the arch. Hope for the best.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks. You have to give Kaleb Canales a ton of credit for getting the team chemistry back together. Raymond Felton has taken a ton of heat this year, but he was awesome last night.