Who is the Portland Trail Blazers’ X-factor this season?

CJ McCollum, Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at who might be considered the X-factor for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2013-14 NBA season. Needless to say, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are out, as they’re hands down the stars of the team. That brings Wesley Matthews, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and CJ McCollum into the conversation. You might be surprised at who earns the nod…

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers coaching analysis – Week 3

Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went a perfect 5-0, taking down the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of letting his roster play its game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are all allowed to take quick shots, and they take full advantage. Unfortunately, the coach is falling into the trap of playing his starters too many minutes.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 3

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings up his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 3, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 4-0, taking down the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. Standout performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and Mo Williams.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 3

Mo Williams

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 3, honors go to Mo Williams. In contests against the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, Mo Gotti averaged 15 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 61.5 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge is a close second choice for Player of the Week, but Williams finally broke onto the scene, which was a pleasant surprise for Rip City.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 2

LaMarcus Aldridge, Demarcus Cousins

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 2, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings (twice), L.A. averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also shot an impressive 50 percent from the field. The only areas where he can improve is on the glass — although Robin Lopez will help.

Three Cheers! Players responsible for last night’s win

Thomas Robinson was impressive off the bench last night. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s victory over the Sacramento Kings last night and gives out three game balls to players who earned them for their efforts on the court. Damian Lillard is almost assured to be penciled-in to key performers while both Thomas Robinson and Nicolas Batum were impressive last night as well.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 1

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings up his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, dropping the season opener to the Phoenix Suns and redeeming themselves twice against the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum are among the players who stood out the most for Rip City.

ICYMI San Antonio vs. Portland: Blazers Outlast Spurs

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the Portland Trail Blazers’ win over the San Antonio Spurs last night. Officially christening the newly named Moda Center last night, the Blazers extended their winning streak to two and received stellar play from all the starters. Nicolas Batum, however, once again made sure there was still something to hate about this contest.

Blame Game: Players responsible for opening night loss

Robin Lopez

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three most disappointing players from Portland’s opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns last night. With expectations high for the 2013 season, the Blazers and their bench fell flat as the Suns powered past a winded Portland squad. Robin Lopez, Mo Williams, and Nicolas Batum were players who needed to step their games up a little more.

Predicting how the LaMarcus Aldridge saga ends for the Trail Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his thoughts on the LaMarcus Aldridge situation entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The Portland Trail Blazers dealt with trade rumors all summer regarding their All-Star, and quite frankly, GM Neil Olshey would be smart to weigh his options. That said, he would also be smart to see this thing through, as he has cap flexbility and budding stars in Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard on the roster. If Aldridge is smart, he’ll look beyond this year…

Portland Trail Blazers: What to expect during Week 2 of the 2013 preseason

Damian Lillard, Chris Paul

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Portland Trail Blazers’ second week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Despite seeing players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams return from injury, expect Nicolas Batum (and CJ McCollum with a broken foot) to miss time. Allen Crabbe, Will Barton and Victor Claver will earn time in his place. When it comes to Damian Lillard, look for a solid defensive outing. Offensively, the team must commit fewer turnovers.

Early takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers’ preseason

Thomas Robinson

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his opinion of the Portland Trail Blazers after their first two preseason games. So far, we’ve seen LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams, Nicolas Batum and CJ McCollum fall to injuries. As a result, the bench hasn’t looked nearly as good as it was supposed to be. The good news is that Thomas Robinson has shown he can be an enforcer on the boards, even if he did get tossed for throwing an elbow against the Phoenix Suns.