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.
Washington Huskies insider Brandon Choate brings you a comparison of great magnitude from the UW Hoops program. With the debate ongoing about whether current Dawgs Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross will go pro after the conclusion of this season, he brings comparison to two ex-Huskies who were in similar situations. Detlef Schrempf and Nate Robinson were both chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Portland Trailblazers fan and NWSB Managing Editor “Q” weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks game on Saturday night. After trailing by double digits for most of the opening half, the Trail Blazers chipped away at the deficit in the third quarter. Delonte West took charge in the second OT period. Jamal Crawford missed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current NBA basketball player Jason Terry from Seattle. Matt Larkin points out that Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry has been a winner at every level since high school. The 1999 NBA Sixth Man Award winner came up big for the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Finals.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current NBA basketball player Steve Nash from Victoria, British Columbia. Matt Larkin points out the Phoenix Suns point guard is a sure fire hall of famer! In addition to the two MVPs, Nash is a seven-time All-Star; he’s first all-time in NBA free-throw percentage; he’s ninth in assists per game and a five-time assist champion…