NWSB Writer Blair Thomas previews what is sure to be a very interesting matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers in 2013. Both teams look to compete for playoff spots in the Western Conference heading into the upcoming season. Here is a breakdown of how the teams match-up head-to-head in 2012-13. Key players are those such as Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the NBA’s best power forwards today and asks the question is LaMarcus Aldridge among the best? When Brandon Roy was still in Portland, he was the man and Aldridge was his sidekick. Not any more. Aldridge’s career-high 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 2011 came in a season where the Blazers ran the slowest pace in the NBA. Watch out 2012.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox poses a good question/option for Team USA. Could Team USA use a healthy LaMarcus Aldridge? Not since Clyde Drexler has the Portland TrailBlazers fielded an Olympian. With Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin out because of injuries, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis are the lone big men on this year’s team.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee chimes in with a some destinations he sees fit for Jamal Crawford’s talents. With Ray Allen rumored to go to Miami, Boston would be an ideal fit for Crawford. He could come in and start, and help them with another deep run in the playoffs. Or there is the Timberwolves, they could rival the Trail Blazers as a northwest favorite with all of the northwest talent on their squad.
NWSB Insider and Writer Bryant Knox details past Oregon basketball players that could make the Ducks even better than they already are. Players addressed include U of O greats Greg Ballard, Aaron Brooks, Stan Love, Terrell Brandon, Luke Ridnour, and Luke Jackson. The history of the team has a lot to offer, and there are a number of former players who would undoubtedly help
NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will the University of Washington’s Terrence Ross land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations. Many envision Ross falling to the New Orleans Hornets, the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, or Boston Celtics. Pegged as a mid first round selection when he first declared for June’s draft.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Wednesday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Love went for 29 points and 16 rebounds as host Minnesota beat Portland for the second time in three games. Raymond Felton collected 23 points and nine assists for Portland, which shot 39.5 percent in the second half.
NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks basketball blogger Matt Martz tells us about Oregon Coach Ernie Kent and his quest to sustain success with the Ducks. An account of Kent’s ventures in Saudi Arabia and his fantastic record back in Oregon, you’ll be enlightened on how lucky the Ducks are to have Kent at the helm.