NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings up his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, dropping the season opener to the Phoenix Suns and redeeming themselves twice against the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum are among the players who stood out the most for Rip City.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 2-1, losing to the Phoenix Suns and defeating the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of establishing a rotation between Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. That said, he must find a way to get the starters fewer minutes, and getting Meyers Leonard more time will help also.
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 Insider Steve Lee breaks down former Washington Husky Nate Robinson’s most recent move. He’s played for historic NBA franchises, such as the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and even the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now he’s on his way to play for Brian Shaw and the Denver Nuggets alongside former Knicks Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.
NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin gives you his take on who can fill the role at center for the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s been a whirlwind week for the Portland Trail Blazers. Desperately trying to fill the void at center, it was announced Monday the team’s offer to RFA Roy Hibbert is going to be matched by Indiana. Then comes Wednesday, when it was announced that Euro league big man Joel Freeland will officially be making his way to Portland on a three-year deal.
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 insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations, including the team closest to where he grew up and went to college, the Portland Trail Blazers. It seems like a bit of a stretch to see Sacre in a Detroit Pistons uniform for some reason and yet at the same time it makes a lot of sense.
NWSB insider and Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his 2011-2012 Portland Blazers report card. He looks at positives like being on the Clippers heels at the top of the West and the re-emergence Jamal Crawford. He looks at concerns like the team’s inconsistency and Raymond Felton’s poor performance as of late. He also hands out his mid-season awards.
Portland Trailblazers Insider and NWSB Managing Editor “Q” weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets game on Wednesday. Gerald Wallace was M.I.A. last night. Usually a guy who fills up the stat sheet very nicely, but he didn’t do much of anything. Nice game though by Jamal Crawford who put up 21 points on 5 out of 9 shooting from three-point range.
Portland Trailblazers fan and blogger Q weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers game on Saturday night. Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds and Gerald Wallace scored 17 points as the Trail Blazers improved to 11-1 at home this season and beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time at the Rose Garden.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Blazers game on Thursday night. Wesley Matthews scored 25 points and Raymond Felton 23 as the Portland Trail Blazers stayed unbeaten with a 111-102 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets. Reserve Jamal Crawford scored 22 and made all nine of his free throws.