Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Questions entering Las Vegas summer league

Thomas Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers

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

Meyers Leonard

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.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz prediction and preview

Damian Lillard Utah Jazz 2

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.

Blazers vs. Thunder: NBA love ‘em & hate ‘em breakdown

Damian Lillard

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.

Portland Trail Blazers: Reasons they’ll overachieve or underachieve

Blazers Rookies 2012 2013

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.

Portland Trail Blazers in desperate need of backup depth

Joel Freeland

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.

Five things we need to see in Trail Blazers training camp

LaMarcus Aldridge

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.

Portland Trail Blazers: Bench roster, strengths & weaknesses

Trailblazers vs. Suns

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?

Portland Trail Blazers: Starting Lineup, strengths & weaknesses

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Byrant Knox gives us his 2012 starting lineup strength and weaknesses breakdown for each player. With Meyers Leonard, Wesley Matthews at SG, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Rookie Damian Lillard at PG, and Nicolas Batum at SF RIP City has some real great players to build around. One thing we know pretty well at this point, is what each starting player brings to the table.

Trail Blazers: Best, worst-Case scenarios and realistic predictions for 2012/13

Cavaliers vs. Trailblazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in with his predictions for the 2012 PDX Blazers. Without sounding too cliché, the most realistic prediction has to come somewhere in-between the best and worst-case scenarios. He says Meyers Leonard and Nicolas Batum could also be pleasant surprises in Rip City next season.

Portland Trail Blazers: New additions strengths and weaknesses

Jared Jeffries, Portland Trail Blazers

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox brings us an excellent look at the newest additions to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason. Damian Lillard, Dan Gadzuric, Jared Jeffries, Joel Freeland, Ronnie Price, Sasha Pavlovic and Victor Claver all bring different talents to the team. With these new additions, the Blazers will address their shooting and size issues.

Who fills the gap at Center for the Portland Trail Blazers?

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NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin gives you his take on who can fill the role at center for the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s been a whirlwind week for the Portland Trail Blazers. Desperately trying to fill the void at center, it was announced Monday the team’s offer to RFA Roy Hibbert is going to be matched by Indiana. Then comes Wednesday, when it was announced that Euro league big man Joel Freeland will officially be making his way to Portland on a three-year deal.

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