ICYMI Portland vs. Los Angeles: Huge Third Sparks Win

Portland saw significant contribution from all starters on Sunday (NBA.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and gives you some things to love and hate from the contest. Bouncing back from just their third loss of the season, the Blazers burst out in front of LA and managed to hold them off en route to their 14th win of the season.

ICYMI Chicago vs. Portland: Third quarter surge sparks win

Mo Williams was the lone bench player to score for the Blazers last night (NBA.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s game against the Chicago Bulls last night and gives you some things to love and hate from the contest. While the Blazers did come away with a win, they did so after Derrick Rose went down with an injury in the third quarter, bursting out for 34 points in the quarter en route to a big comeback win at home.

Who is the Portland Trail Blazers’ X-factor this season?

CJ McCollum, Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at who might be considered the X-factor for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2013-14 NBA season. Needless to say, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are out, as they’re hands down the stars of the team. That brings Wesley Matthews, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and CJ McCollum into the conversation. You might be surprised at who earns the nod…

ICYMI Houston vs. Portland: Blazers stifled by Rockets

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Portland’s loss last night to the Houston Rockets. Attempting to extend their win streak to three, the Blazers put their usual bundle of points on the board but failed to contain Dwight Howard and James Harden, eventually leading to a 115-101 loss. For PDX most impressive has, as always, been LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 1

Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs, L.A. averaged 25.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also shot an impressive 53.8 percent from the field. The only areas where he can improve is on the glass — although Robin Lopez will help — and in pick-and-roll defense, as Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard need help up top.

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.

Trail Blazers: Should we expect possible Rip City struggles?

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Trail Blazers’ third week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Steve urges caution Rip City. If Damian Lillard was the engine that drove the Blazers last year, any sort of falters this season could be detrimental to the club. Last season the Blazers were among teams in the bottom of the standings, this year, the additions of Dorell Wright, C.J McCollum, Allen Crabbe should bump numbers up.

Trail Blazers: 5 things to watch for in training camp

Thomas Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five things to watch for as the Portland Trail Blazers begin training camp. The 2013-14 NBA season will be an intriguing one for Rip City. Along with the development of Damian Lillard, it will be interesting to watch how the rotation is set with a crowded backcourt comprising Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Mo Williams. When it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge, expect to hear about trade rumors. Also, Robin Lopez will help the team defensively.

2013 Training camp roster spotlight – 5 PDX Vets

Portland Trail Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers 2013-14 roster, with an emphasis on the veterans. The Blazers are a relatively young roster, so for the sake of this assignment, we look at the top-five players with at least five years experience. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright all make the cut. Earl Watson earns an honorable mention for his off-court presence and leadership.

Power ranking the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013-14 roster

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NWSB Insider Bryant Knox power ranks the entire Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The top two names should be no surprise. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the top scorers on this roster, which means they’ll lead the way in the new season. The question is: Where do players like Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Nicolas Batum fall? And where do Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez, the team’s newest big men, land as well?

Early Portland Trail Blazers 2013 season predictions

Damian Lillard Will Barton

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog offers up his predictions about the 2013-14 NBA season. ESPN recently projected Rip City to finish 10th in the Western Conference. However, following the moves to bring in Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright, a seventh or eight seed seems more likely. Don’t forget about Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, either. Two of those guys could be all-stars.

Trail Blazers: A look ahead at Meyers Leonard’s sophomore season

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a quick look at Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard entering his sophomore season. Where the 7’1″ big man excels is in transition and in the mid-range. Where he needs to improve is in his strength, as well as his low-post offense and defense. Expect to see him learn behind Robin Lopez, and expect him to be thrown into the mix a bit more alongside Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.