Grading Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts’ 2012-13 Season

Terry Stotts

Jason Hartzog grades the job that Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did during the 2012-13 NBA season. Rip City gave Stotts his third attempt at being a head coach, and he did well considering the roster he was handed. Placing Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge was a recipe for success from the beginning, but allowing Nicolas Batum to become an integral part of the offense is what pushed him toward All-Star levels.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets Preview and Prediction

Nicolas Batum Nuggets

Jason Hartzog previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ April 14 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Jason says they key matchup he’s watching is Wilson Chandler versus Will Barton. If Barton can have a nice game and keep up with Chandler’s defensive intensity then it could open up things for Damian Lillard. Lillard will likely see a lot of double teams in this one if Lawson is limited again as he was last game.

OKC Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers Preview and Prediction

Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

Jason Hartzog previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ April 12 matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jason says the Thunder are still playing for the top seed in the west. They won’t let this one slip away without a fight. Can we get more Lillard please? Damian Lillard was outstanding as he scored a new career high 38 points vs. LA. The Blazers got off to a quick start, shot the ball well, and really looked in control the whole game.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Memphis Grizzlies Portland Trail Blazers

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ March 12 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland has become one of the toughest teams in the NBA to predict. Big wins and bigger losses have scattered its schedule all year, but that kind of inconsistency makes them dangerous at home. The key matchup will be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph, assuming Randolph is healthy. If Randolph is out, J.J. Hickson and Marc Gasol will garner more attention.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Blazers vs. Jazz; Love 'em & Hate 'em

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 2 matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Portland is coming off of a tough loss to the Denver Nugets on Wednesday that went down to the last second. If Portland can take care of business early against the Wolves, last-second heroics won’t be necessary. The key matchup is going to be between the two big men in the middle, J.J. Hickson and Nikola Pekovic. LaMarcus Aldridge may also see some time against Minnesota’s center.

Portland Trail Blazers deserve ‘A’ at 2013 trade deadline

Eric Maynor

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how the team earned an ‘A’ at the 2013 NBA trade deadline. Portland’s bench has been the worst in the NBA, and it found a huge upgrade at the point guard spot when it picked up Eric Maynor from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard has been fantastic, but he’s playing the fourth-most minutes in the NBA and he needs help. The other move—or non-move, if you will—was to keep J.J. Hickson.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers prediction and preview

Aldridge Lakers

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 22 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staples Center has been a tough place to play for the Blazers throughout the years, and that’s not expected to change at this point in the losing streak. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Steve Nash. Wesley Matthews is questionable, while Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out.

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Damian Lillard Blazers Suns

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.

Rick’s Picks Week 15: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

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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.

Rick’s Picks Week 13: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

Nicolas Batum Clippers

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 Damian Lillard takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.

Rick’s Picks Week 12: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

Damian Lillard

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, though LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and JJ Hickson earn All-Star recognition, while JJ Hickson takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.

Portland Trail Blazers rout Indiana Pacers

Damain Lillard

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s big victory over the Indiana Pacers. Needing a victory to get out of their rut, many wondered how far Portland would fall with games against the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers on the horizon. The free-fall would halt, however, on Wednesday night when the Blazers took complete control of their game against the Pacers and blew them out with an impressive 100-80 victory.