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.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers April 1 matchup against the Utah Jazz. This game will be the second time in three nights that these two teams meet. The last time didn’t go Portland’s way, as a first-half lead turned into a second-half meltdown. With LaMarcus Aldridge out Monday night, the key matchup will be between Meyers Leonard and Al Jefferson. Leonard is coming off a career performance against the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 29 matchup against the Utah Jazz. This game has major playoff implications, but at this point in the year, it appears as if both squads are headed toward the lottery. Portland needs to recover following the debacle against the Brooklyn Nets. Rebounding is going to be a focal point for the Blazers. The key matchup will be between Damian Lillard and Mo Williams.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 2 matchup against the Utah Jazz. This game is going to be the second of a back-to-back series. Portland failed to earn a vicotry in the first game of the home-and-home matchup, and they’ll look to get revenge just 24 hours after losing by nine points. The key matchup in this one is going to be between Damian Lillard and the rest of the Jazz point guards.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 1 matchup against the Utah Jazz. Portland is coming off an emotional comback win against the Dallas Mavericks, and they’ll need to keep momentum going if they hope to make the postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge will be matched up against both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in this one. Whichever player he is facing will be the other half of the game’s key matchup.