5 things we must see from Portland Trail Blazers down the stretch

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down where the Portland Trail Blazers must improve down the stretch of the NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews need to rediscover their three-point shots. Getting LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Freeland will also be helpful, and losing to bad teams will no longer be acceptable.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 18

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 18, honors go to Will Barton, as we recognize his achievements in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland. His biggest showing came against Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 17

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 16, honors go to Thomas Robinson, as we recognize his achievements in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland. In games against the San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves, T-Rob averaged 8.7 PPG and 10 RPG in the three contests.

Portland Trail Blazers stand pat at 2014 NBA trade deadline

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ uneventful 2014 NBA trade deadline. The team could have used an upgrade when it comes to backup bigs, as Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson haven’t gotten the job done — not to mention Joel Freeland and LaMarcus Aldridge are hurt — but Neil Olshey didn’t make any moves, just as Terry Stotts expected.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 16

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 16, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 0-2, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. Both Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge had an up-and-down week, while Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin both starred as the opposition.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 9

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 9, honors go to Meyers Leonard, as we consider his return to the court over his per-game statistics. In contests against the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, the center averaged four points and six rebounds, but his biggest achievement was taking minutes away from Thomas Robinson as the backup to LaMarcus Aldridge.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers coaching analysis – Week 2

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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…

Cracking the Lineup – Portland Trailblazers 2013-14

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Steve Lee breaks down which players may not be in Rip City for the 2013-14 NBA season. Will Barton, Terrel Harris, Joel Freeland, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews make the list. Players such as Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum will have a huge influence on the aforementioned players’ Portland tenure.

Flash forward: A look at Portland’s depth at forward

Wright (4) should give the Blazers a great option from 3 (Mark L. Baer/US Presswire)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about the Blazers’ depth at forward in the coming season. After being mocked for having no depth at all, Portland went into the offseason with a bang and solidified their depth chart, making them a very potent team who could very well contend in the near future. Among the biggest additions the Blazers made were Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson, players who will look to make an impact in PDX.

NBA Predictions: Portland’s opening night roster

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NWSB insider and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down his take on four players with a tough road to making Portland’s opening night roster. The Blazer’s have taken on a lot of talent this offseason, which leaves plenty of names to shave before fall. Topping Jon’s list are names like Wesley Matthews and Thomas Robinson.

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Questions entering Las Vegas summer league

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas summer league tournament with five questions. Knox wonders if the second-year players, such as Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, Joel Freeland and Victor Claver have improved. He also wonders what Damian Lillard’s role will be, and whether CJ McCollum can run an offense. Finally, he asks who will make the final roster and if Allen Crabbe and Thomas Robinson are ready to compete.

How the Portland Trail Blazers’ rookies fared last night

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NWSB Insider and Rip City hoops blogger Jason Hartzog reviews the Portland Trail Blazers April 3rd matchup versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He points out it was a rough night for Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard. They both showed some of their offensive ability. However, it was their lack of defense that stood out in this one. Will Barton followed the rest of the team with horrible shooting.