NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 14, honors go to Damian Lillard, as we recognize his recent All-Star berth as a reserve alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. In two matchups against the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 19 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers went into All-Star Weekend on one of their coldest streaks of the entire season. They need to turn things around beginning with Phoenix, and they need to start winning winnable games if they hope to make the playoffs. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic. J.J. Hickson and Marcin Gortat will also be fun to watch.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 22 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers are back to .500, but they must continue to beat inferior teams if they stand a chance at the postseason. The key matchup in this one is going to be between J.J. Hickson and Marcin Gortat, but the rematch between Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic will be fun to watch. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 20 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Portland Trail Blazers have won three straight contests, as its young roster is proving to be a beneficiary of a lighter part of the schedule. The Blazers haven’t had a two-game road winning streak since May 2011, but they have a great chance to break that trend with hot shooting Wednesday night. The key matchup in this one is Goran Dragic versus Damian Lillard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas breaks down the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2012 NBA Draft for the Rip City faithful. What a day. One of the best days of the year. Fun day to be a Blazers fan. There were no first round trades in Neil Olshey’s first draft in the Rose City. The team took away 3 players in the 2 rounds, 2 in the first with Damian Liliard and Meyers Leonard as well as 1 in the second with Will Barton.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.