Portland Trail Blazers show urgency with 2014 NBA playoffs looming

Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at how things have turned around for the Portland Trail Blazers with the NBA playoffs around the corner. The return of LaMarcus Aldrige has helped, but it’s a sense of urgency – largely from Wesley Matthews — that has helped Rip City reach another high point in this roller coaster of a season.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 22

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 22, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 3-2, defeating the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies while falling to the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. LaMarcus Aldridge made his return while Damian Lillard and Mo Williams stepped up.

5 things we must see from Portland Trail Blazers down the stretch

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down where the Portland Trail Blazers must improve down the stretch of the NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews need to rediscover their three-point shots. Getting LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Freeland will also be helpful, and losing to bad teams will no longer be acceptable.

As schedule improves, Portland Trail Blazers must return to early-season form

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox looks ahead at the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule for the rest of the 2014 NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Rip City has a chance to take advantage of lighter opponents, such as the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard recognizes that confidence is a good thing, but the team must remain vigilant, as it’s been trending the wrong direction since a hot start.

Rick’s Picks Week 11: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. The Blazers beat a struggling Heat team while helping their record, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews earn All-Star recognition, while Nicolas Batum takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.

Northwest 2012 NBA Draft Watch – Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre

Rob Sacre, Gonzaga

NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations, including the team closest to where he grew up and went to college, the Portland Trail Blazers. It seems like a bit of a stretch to see Sacre in a Detroit Pistons uniform for some reason and yet at the same time it makes a lot of sense.

2012 NBA trade rumors: The Suns’ Steve Nash relocation plan

Steve Nash Trade Rumors

NWSB Insider and resident northwest hoops blogger Steve Lee weighs in on the 2012 NBA trade deadline fast approaching and the nba rumors surrounding favorite northwest son Steve Nash. He pieces together five Ideal Relocation Plans for Nash (these trades are done with helping both teams to some degree), what do you think?

Orlando Magic vs. Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

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Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Orlando Magic vs. Blazers game on Wednesday night. J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Ryan Anderson, Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu added 16 apiece for Orlando. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 for Portland.

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