Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 10 matchup against the Miami Heat. The Blazers took down the Heat in comeback fashion the last time they faced off, on they’ve historically found success in the state of Florida. However, Miami is a title contender for a reason, and AmericanAirlines Arena should be a difficult place to win. The key matchup in this one is between Nicolas Batum and LeBron James.
NWSB insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how Nicolas Batum has earned his contract through the first half of the NBA season. Batum signed a four-year, $45 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves this past summer, and the Blazers needed to make a decision. Let him walk, or risk paying too much money. Needless to say, the Blazers matched the Wolves’ offer, and it’s paid off up to this point in the year.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 10 matchup against the Miami Heat. The Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, but the Miami Heat are the defending champs for a reason. Whichever team plays better defense should come out on top. The key matchup in this one is between Nicolas Batum and LeBron James. LaMarcus Aldridge is Day-To-Day.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Jan. 4 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is coming off a disasterous performance against the Toronto Raptors, and things aren’t getting any easier with a visit to a surging Memphis team. The key matchup in this one is between LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph. Meyers Leonard is out with a sprained ankle.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s easy victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Not at all resembling the team that lost to a mediocre Sacramento team just a few days ago, Portland jumped out to a lead and kept asserting their dominance, proving they are at least above a certain tier of teams in the NBA. One of the players that has been essential to Portland’s uprising this season is LaMarcus Aldrige.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox discusses whether or not the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge has hit his NBA ceiling. Aldridge’s ceiling has made him an All-Star power forward in a tough Western Conference. Whether he gets back to the All-Star game this year or not, he’s one of the best big men in the league, and he’s an offensive threat every night of the week.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Dec. 3 matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats. Portland and Charlotte are both rebuilding, but it’s safe to say that the Blazers havve more star power. Charlotte’s leading scorer is Kemba Walker, but LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard are all averaging more points. The key matchup in this one is going to be between Walker and Lillard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin takes a look into Nicolas Batum’s stellar beginning to the 2012/13 season. Despite an offseason spent trying to get away from Portland, Batum looks to have turned a corner in his career. With highs in all stat categories, Batum is becoming a major cog for the Blazers.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 26 matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Portland has a legitimate chance at taking down an Eastern Conference foe on the road, but they’ll have to worry about Greg Monroe in the middle. They key matchup in this one will be between Moroe and whichever big man gets the assignment—J.J. Hickson or Meyers Leonard. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews who the Portland Trail Blazers will take on in their next 5 games. The team has made it through its first five games of the season, and while the results weren’t always what you want to see, they remained competitive in each and every contest. The Spurs, Hawks, Kings, Rockets and Bulls are coming up. Tim Duncan, Josh Smith, DeMarcus Cousins and James Harden await.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers 2012 preseason. Underwhelming pre-season. Lessons learned along the way give us a decent picture of an exciting young roster, including draft pick Damian Lillard, but the growing pains of an inexperienced team could derail high expectations at times throughout the year. LaMarcus Aldridge is the go-to option, but did J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum or Wesley Matthews do enough to become the No. 2 option?
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews the 2012-13 NBA season and breaks down who could be he most improved player on the Portland Trail Blazers. Following the disappointment that was the 2011-12 NBA season, there’s plenty of room to grow on such a young roster, and there are a few viable options for the team’s most improved player. Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson are all possibilities candidates.