2014 NBA playoffs: Previewing Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2014 NBA playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. Knox looks at the key narrative, key matchup and gives us a prediction. Featured in this series is Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard.

Predicting Portland Trail Blazers’ seed in 2014 NBA playoffs

Mo Williams, Andrew Bogut, Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes a look at the remainder of the NBA season and predicts where the team will land in the 2014 playoffs. Passing Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets for fourth seems unlikely, but an upcoming game against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors should decide fifth. Unfortunately, Rip City’s schedule isn’t going to help matters, giving Damian Lillard and crew a sixth-seed finish.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 19

Robin Lopez

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 19, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 1-3, defeating the Atlanta Hawks while falling the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews all had noteworthy performances.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers coaching analysis – Week 2

Robin Lopez

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 Houston Rockets and defeating the Sacramento Kings twice. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of preaching defense behind the scenes. That said, he must find a way to get the team, including Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge, to defend the paint. Up and coming is a relatively easy schedule, but Wesley Matthew, Damian Lillard and crew have yet to play a close game…

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 2

James Harden, Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 2, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, dropping the first game to the Houston Rockets and redeeming itself twice against the Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Joel Freeland are among the players who stood out the most for Rip City.

Portland Trail Blazers: Where are they now? Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

NWSB Editor focus on what happened to Clyde “The Glide” Drexler following his departure from the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995. Drexler, one of the greatest Trail Blazers in team history, spent his final playing days with the Houston Rockets. He then went on to have a career as a coach, an author, a celebrity television presence and now a color commentator with the Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

When Wesley Matthews defends James Harden, basketball fans get their money's worth. (Photo: AP)

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers April 5 matchup against the Houston Rockets. The Blazers will be back on national T.V. (ESPN) for the second time in just over a week. Last time didn’t go so well against the Brooklyn Nets, and the team will look to restore its image with a young, energetic roster. The key matchup is going to be at the shooting guard spot. James Harden and Wesley Matthews will have the potential to score a lot of points in a up-tempo system.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets prediction and preview

When Wesley Matthews defends James Harden, basketball fans get their money's worth. (Photo: AP)

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 8 matchup against the Houston Rockets. These two teams have faced off twice this year, and Portland has come out on top both times. Each team is fighting for the final playoff spots out West, and the winner of this one will be that much closer to acheiving their goal of the postseason. The key matchup in this one is between J.J. Hickson and Omer Asik, although watching Wesley Matthews defend James Harden will be fun to watch for all fans.

Portland Trail Blazers: A look back at the first half of the season

Blazers Lakers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee recaps the first half of the 2012-13 NBA season. There are key wins and key losses that have put the Blazers where they are today, which is one spot out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum have all had great seasons, which is why the team is playing better than most anticipated.

Are we close to welcoming the NBA back to Seattle?

Sonics

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the rumors of the Sacramento Kings being sold to Seattle. Though there were early reports coming from the daughter of NBA agent David Falk that the Kings were being sold to Seattle (which were quickly dismissed), Seattle having a basketball team in 2013 became more concrete when Adrian Wojnarowski, a reporter for Yahoo! Sports, tweeted that the two sides were very close to an agreement.

Rick’s Picks Week 3: the weekly Portland Trail Blazers all-stars

LaMarcus Aldridge Nic Batum

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. 3-1 on the week isn’t half bad, and Portland was able to get back to a .500 record on the year. It’s a work in progress, but Terry Stotts’ squad is starting to learn how to win. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition in week two, while Batum also takes home the Dunk of the Week.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Trail Blazers Houston Rockets

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 16 matchup against the Houston Rockets. Portland avoided becoming the Western Conference’s worst team in Wednesday’s win against the Sacramento Kings, and a win against Houston would establish momentum going into an easier part of the schedule. The key matchup is between J.J. Hickson and Omer Asik, although it will be fun to watch Wesley Matthews vs. James Harden 2.0. LaMarcus Aldridge is Day-To-Day.