NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox breaks down how Gary Payton can help Damian Lillard become a better defender for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard has a ton of confidence on offense, and if there’s anybody who can help transfer confidence to defense, it’s the Glove. According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, the two Oakland natives have talked, and they plan on working on Lillard’s defensive game during the 2013 offseason.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down whether or not PDX should have mutual interest in signing Jermaine O’Neal during the 2013 NBA offseason. According to reports, O’Neal is interested in returning to the city where he began his career. Portland traded O’Neal just four years into a career for Dale Davis, who was supposed to help stop Shaquille O’Neal out West. Now the Blazers need a mentor to Meyers Leonard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down the top 5 point guards in Rip City. Today’s NBA point guards rule the association, but back in the day of the big man, elite floor generals were tough to come by. Despite only playing one season, 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard makes the cut. The other players to make the list are Rod Strickland, Damon Stoudamire, Geoff Petrie and Terry Porter also make the list.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox breaks down how Damian Lillard won the 2013 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year award. This award was decided a long time ago, but it was officially announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Lillard became just the fourth player in NBA history to win the award unanimously, stealing first-place votes away from Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond. On his own team, Lillard had a bigger impact than LaMarcus Aldridge, all but solidifying the award.
Good signs for Rip City In case you haven’t noticed, the Portland Trail Blazers are in the midst of a significant rebuild. The 2012-13 season came and went without a trip to the playoffs, but if there was one positive takeaway, it was the performance of rookie Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard did it on the court, but […]
Bryant Knox breaks down his predictions on which Portland Trail Blazers will be gone for the 2012-13 season. Portland’s year was filled with ups and downs. Players such as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge excelled, but others can’t quite say the same. The likely candidates to be gone are Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith and Jared Jeffries. The more questionable ones are JJ Hickson, Elliot Williams and Eric Maynor.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down Wesley Matthews’ post-game interview following the loss to the Houston Rockets on ESPN. Matthews has emerged as the vocal leader on this team. LaMarcus Aldridge has always been quiet and Damian Lillard doesn’t have the experience, leaving Matthews to encourage this team along the way. Matthews spoke candidly about this team’s effort Friday night, and he set the tone for what needs to happen down the stretch.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 22 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Like the Blazers, the Atlanta Hawks are in a bit of a rebuilding mode right now, but the Hawks are the ones who have locked up a playoff spot. Which team has the brighter future is still in question, as Josh Smith’s future is up in the air; but both teams have something to look forward to, and the matchup between Smith and LaMarcus Aldridge will be something to watch for.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 16 matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Portland has played both up and down to its competition this season. Detroit enters the Rose Garden as the coldest team in the league, which means the Blazers need to assert themselves as the alpha dogs early in the contest. The key matchup falls at the point guard position where Damian Lillard will take on either Brandon Knight or Jose Calderon. Lillard was outplayed by Knight last time around, but the Pistons’ floor general is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 4th matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats. The first time these two teams played, it proved to be one of the more dramatic showings of the season. Portland executed a massive comeback to perfection, and it ended up winning 118-112 in overtime. They key matchup this time around will be at the point guard position between Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 2 matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Portland is coming off of a tough loss to the Denver Nugets on Wednesday that went down to the last second. If Portland can take care of business early against the Wolves, last-second heroics won’t be necessary. The key matchup is going to be between the two big men in the middle, J.J. Hickson and Nikola Pekovic. LaMarcus Aldridge may also see some time against Minnesota’s center.