NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps Damian Lillard’s time at the Team USA Minicamp in Las Vegas and gives us a few things to take away from the yougnster’s experience. Despite Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving running the show, Lillard made it clear that he is a superstar and that he belongs in FIBA competition. The point guard also showed that he’s working on defense at this stage in his career.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 15 matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Portland struggled out of the gates the last time they played the Cavs, but they’re a much-improved team this time around. If they want to prove they’re in a different class than Cleveland, they’ll have to play well right from the start. The key matchup in this one is going to be between star point guards Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving. Meyers Leonard and Anderson Varejao are both out with injuries.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Dec. 1 matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. PDX has lost their first four games of the seven-game road trip, and a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics isn’t going to give them momentum heading into their contest with the Cavs. The key matchup in this one is between Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, but the rebounding battle between Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson will be fun to watch.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the chances for Damian Lillard to win the 2012-2013 NBA rookie of the year award. Following his MVP performance in the Vegas Summer League, it’s easy to see how he can make a case for the award. What also makes Lillard special is that he ability to find teammates and run the offense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, and Anthony Davis are competition.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The January 15, 2012 edition. The next four stops on the road trip the Blazers will square off against New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto and Detroit. The Marcus Camby injury hurts. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews are leading Rip City.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Blazers game on Tuesday night. Gerald Wallace scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 to help the Portland Trail Blazers remain unbeaten at home with a 105-97 victory. For LA Caron Butler scored 20 points and Chauncey Billups chipped in 19.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Blazers game on Sunday night. With a little help from LaMarcus Aldridge at the Rose Garden Portland grabbed a 98-78 rout, Wes Matthews added 24. Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving had 21 points and four assists.