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.
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.
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.