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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers April 1 matchup against the Utah Jazz. This game will be the second time in three nights that these two teams meet. The last time didn’t go Portland’s way, as a first-half lead turned into a second-half meltdown. With LaMarcus Aldridge out Monday night, the key matchup will be between Meyers Leonard and Al Jefferson. Leonard is coming off a career performance against the Golden State Warriors.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Thunder matchup. The Headline: Despite doing everything else right, the Blazers can’t make their shots, landing their first loss of the season. Damian Lillard becomes just the third NBA rookie to get 20 points and 7 assists in his first two games. But not even that can erase the disappointing play from Batum and the bench.
NWSB Editor and Writer Jon Irwin talks about the ways the Portland Trail Blazers can overachieve and underachieve in the upcoming 2012/2013 NBA season. Big play from their rookies—especially Damian Lillard—could help Portland overachieve. But if Nicolas Batum and the centers falter, Portland’s going to lose a lot of games.
Resident NBA blogger and Portland Trail Blazers writer Steve Lee tells us today when you look at the Blazers backups, here’s hoping that those who hear their name announced at the beginning of the night have eaten their Wheaties! Joel Freeland, Myers Leonard, Luke Babbitt, Victor Claver, Sasha Pavlovic, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith and Ronnie Price have their work cut out for them in the 2012 NBA season around the corner.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox talks about the Portland Trail Blazers training camp as we approach the 2012/2013 NBA season. Last season was one of the more disappointing years in franchise history, but with the 2012 youth movement in full effect, there are some things we should look for as Rip City gets ready to go back to work. IN the news J.J. Hickson has been named the starting center. LaMarcus Aldridge is coming off of season-ending hip surgery.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox talks about the strengths and weaknesses of Portland’s bench heading into the 2012/2013 NBA season. Heading into the new year, the Blazers are going to be one of the youngest teams in the league from the starting lineup to the 12th man, which should create for a number of ups and downs throughout the 2012-13 season. How will J.J. Hickson, Adam Morrison, Joel Freeland do in 2012?