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.

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.

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Damian Lillard Blazers Suns

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 19 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers went into All-Star Weekend on one of their coldest streaks of the entire season. They need to turn things around beginning with Phoenix, and they need to start winning winnable games if they hope to make the playoffs. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic. J.J. Hickson and Marcin Gortat will also be fun to watch.

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction and preview

Trail Blazers Blog

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 22 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers are back to .500, but they must continue to beat inferior teams if they stand a chance at the postseason. The key matchup in this one is going to be between J.J. Hickson and Marcin Gortat, but the rematch between Damian Lillard and Goran Dragic will be fun to watch. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns prediction and preview

Damian Lillard Blazers Suns

Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 20 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The Portland Trail Blazers have won three straight contests, as its young roster is proving to be a beneficiary of a lighter part of the schedule. The Blazers haven’t had a two-game road winning streak since May 2011, but they have a great chance to break that trend with hot shooting Wednesday night. The key matchup in this one is Goran Dragic versus Damian Lillard.

Trail Blazers vs. Suns Preview | Handicapping | Betting Odds Jan. 6

Trail Blazers vs. Suns

Jason Green weighs in with his Portland Trailblazers vs. Phoenix Suns Friday NBA basketball Preview and a free nba prediction to boot. NBA odds favor the Blazers by 2.5 on the road. Jason points out the ageless Steve Nash has played decent, but his numbers are down. Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Marcus Camby have to shine.