Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 20 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. The Blazers will play host to the Nuggets Wednesday night, and a lot of points should be scored in front of a national television audience. The key matchup in this one is going to be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kenneth Faried, but Damian Lillard and Ty Lawson will also be fun to watch.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how the team earned an ‘A’ at the 2013 NBA trade deadline. Portland’s bench has been the worst in the NBA, and it found a huge upgrade at the point guard spot when it picked up Eric Maynor from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard has been fantastic, but he’s playing the fourth-most minutes in the NBA and he needs help. The other move—or non-move, if you will—was to keep J.J. Hickson.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 24 matchup against the Boston Celtics. The Blazers have lost eight straight games, and coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, they need a statement win at this point in ths season. The key matchup is going to be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Garnett, as there’s almost always bad blood when these two meet up.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 22 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staples Center has been a tough place to play for the Blazers throughout the years, and that’s not expected to change at this point in the losing streak. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Steve Nash. Wesley Matthews is questionable, while Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out.
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.