Portland Trail Blazers: Has LaMarcus Aldridge hit his NBA ceiling?

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox discusses whether or not the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge has hit his NBA ceiling. Aldridge’s ceiling has made him an All-Star power forward in a tough Western Conference. Whether he gets back to the All-Star game this year or not, he’s one of the best big men in the league, and he’s an offensive threat every night of the week.

Batum comes up big in much needed Portland win

Nicolas Batum vs. Cavs

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Cavs matchup. Portland finally nabs a game on their East Coast swing, aided by a big game from the starters—all scoring in double digits. But Wesley Matthews slump continues, and the Blazers struggle to box out the Cavs.

Damian Lillard has a quirky phobia

Damian Lillard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin gives some insight on rookie sensation Damian Lillard’s quirky phobia of statues. But not just any statues, but statues of historical figures. With the Blazers paying visit to the Washington Wizards, it must have been a trying day for Lillard.

Rock bottom? Blazers giftwrap first win to Wizards

Nicolas Batum vs Washington

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Wizards matchup. ​​The Headline: squaring off with the winless Wizards, Portland continues its East Coast losing streak with this new 82-84 loss. Batum looked like he’s coming out of his slump, and Hickson had a season high 19 rebounds. But with four games left on the roadtrip, Portland needs to find some wins.

Nicolas Batum breakout season making good on monster contract

Nic Batum

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin takes a look into Nicolas Batum’s stellar beginning to the 2012/13 season. Despite an offseason spent trying to get away from Portland, Batum looks to have turned a corner in his career. With highs in all stat categories, Batum is becoming a major cog for the Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge alive and well, but can’t hold off Pistons

Terry Stots

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Pistons matchup. ​​The Headline:​ despite a nagging back injury, LaMarcus Aldridge comes alive for Portland; unfortunately, it’s not enough to hold off the Pistons in this 101-108 loss. Also, the rookies show promise while the stars fade. The Blazers rolled with four bench players in this one, rookies Will Barton and Meyers Leonard were prominent.

Damian Lillard leads Blazers over T-Wolves 103-95

Blazere vs T-wolves

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Timberwolves vs Blazers matchup. ​​The Headline:​ Damian Lillard scores a season high 28 points in this big Portland win. Damian Lillard has a career night, and J.J. Hickson looks strong in his return. With the growing rivalry, Kevin Love hands down won the battle with L.A..

Northwest hoops stars the week that was in the NBA Ver 2.0

Steve Nash

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his second installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. Week two of the 2012-13 NBA season is under our belts and as expected there is a potpourri of stories to kick off the season. Steve Nash, Brandon Roy, Tony Wroten, Damien Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Terry, Rodney Stuckey and Spencer Hawes are all in this report.

Shorthanded Blazers decimated 114-87 in Phoenix

Portland vs Phoenix

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Suns matchup. ​The Headline:​ the Suns come out blazing, shooting a near 60 percent against an ailing Portland team. The duel rookies Lillard and Leonard play pretty good ball, but a lack of defense and control lets the Suns runaway with this one.

Blazers nab huge 102-94 win over Bulls

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Bulls vs. Blazers matchup. ​The Headline: L.A. puts up a double-double, and Portland uses a rain of shots to sink the Rose-less Bulls 102-94. The Blazer’s shooting looked really good in this one, and the bench was even able to contribute. Fouls and ball control remain an issue for this young team.

Blazers finally find third win, top shorthanded Kings

Damian Lillard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Kings matchup. ​The Headline:​ ​The Trail Blazers finally find win No. 3 on the back of Damian Lillard, topping the Kings 103-86. Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews were great in this win, making a lot of shots. But Portland was beat badly in the paint, and that was against a shorthanded Kings team!

Portland continues skid, fall to Atlanta Hawks 95-87

J.J. Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Spurs vs. Blazers matchup. ​The Headline:​ ​Nicolas Batum​ asks for the ball in the fourth and delivers, but not even that saves Portland from falling just short. Batum and L.A. have solid nights, but still can’t match a small Parker-less Spurs.

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