NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs, L.A. averaged 25.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also shot an impressive 53.8 percent from the field. The only areas where he can improve is on the glass — although Robin Lopez will help — and in pick-and-roll defense, as Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard need help up top.
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.
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…
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.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at where Damian Lillard can improve coming off of his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2012-13. Lillard was chosen No. 6 by the Portland Trail Blazers in the draft, and he ended up becoming just the fourth player in history to be named unanimous ROY (Blake Griffin, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson being the others). Now, Lillard must improve defensively and continue developing as a floor general…
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his thoughts on the LaMarcus Aldridge situation entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The Portland Trail Blazers dealt with trade rumors all summer regarding their All-Star, and quite frankly, GM Neil Olshey would be smart to weigh his options. That said, he would also be smart to see this thing through, as he has cap flexbility and budding stars in Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard on the roster. If Aldridge is smart, he’ll look beyond this year…
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Trail Blazers’ third week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Steve urges caution Rip City. If Damian Lillard was the engine that drove the Blazers last year, any sort of falters this season could be detrimental to the club. Last season the Blazers were among teams in the bottom of the standings, this year, the additions of Dorell Wright, C.J McCollum, Allen Crabbe should bump numbers up.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Portland Trail Blazers’ second week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Despite seeing players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams return from injury, expect Nicolas Batum (and CJ McCollum with a broken foot) to miss time. Allen Crabbe, Will Barton and Victor Claver will earn time in his place. When it comes to Damian Lillard, look for a solid defensive outing. Offensively, the team must commit fewer turnovers.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his opinion of the Portland Trail Blazers after their first two preseason games. So far, we’ve seen LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams, Nicolas Batum and CJ McCollum fall to injuries. As a result, the bench hasn’t looked nearly as good as it was supposed to be. The good news is that Thomas Robinson has shown he can be an enforcer on the boards, even if he did get tossed for throwing an elbow against the Phoenix Suns.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five things to watch for as the Portland Trail Blazers begin training camp. The 2013-14 NBA season will be an intriguing one for Rip City. Along with the development of Damian Lillard, it will be interesting to watch how the rotation is set with a crowded backcourt comprising Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Mo Williams. When it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge, expect to hear about trade rumors. Also, Robin Lopez will help the team defensively.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox evaluates the 100/1 odds the Portland Trail Blazers have been given to win the 2014 championship (via Bovada.lv). For fans looking to put money down on Portland, understand that the odds are against you. This team is young and inexperienced, and quite frankly, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are hardly the stars that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are for the Miami Heat. That said, if you’re feeling optimistic, you can focus on the fact that Nicolas Batum has a chance to round out Rip City’s Big Three, and that CJ McCollum, Mo Williams and Thomas Robinson will be solid additions to the bench.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers 2013-14 roster, with an emphasis on the veterans. The Blazers are a relatively young roster, so for the sake of this assignment, we look at the top-five players with at least five years experience. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright all make the cut. Earl Watson earns an honorable mention for his off-court presence and leadership.