The best Blazers game I’ve ever been to…

Brandon Roy

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Jason Hartzog recaps what it was like being at the Rose Garden during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion built a near-insurmountable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Than a shot by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge gave the team hope. Roy’s heroics brought the team back in one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history.

Lillard’s game winning buzzer beat leads Portland over Hornets

The shot heard around Blazer Nation (Photo: Bruce Ely / The Oregonian)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Hornets matchup. Hampered by a hip injury, Wesley Matthews has tried his best to get back in the game. He had yet to play since December 8th before starting Sunday. He also says the thing about this game—that seems to be getting buried—is how good Nicolas Batum was.

L.A.’s fourth straight double-double puts away Raptors 92-74

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Raptors matchup. The Headline: playing without starters Nicolas Batum (back) and Wesley Matthews (hip), Portland comes up with a big win and halts their losing streak at two games. Aldridge and Hickson put together huge nights, and luckily it’s enough to outweigh disappointing games from Claver and Lillard.

Damian Lillard leads Blazers over T-Wolves 103-95

Blazere vs T-wolves

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Timberwolves vs Blazers matchup. ​​The Headline:​ Damian Lillard scores a season high 28 points in this big Portland win. Damian Lillard has a career night, and J.J. Hickson looks strong in his return. With the growing rivalry, Kevin Love hands down won the battle with L.A..

Blazers nab huge 102-94 win over Bulls

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Bulls vs. Blazers matchup. ​The Headline: L.A. puts up a double-double, and Portland uses a rain of shots to sink the Rose-less Bulls 102-94. The Blazer’s shooting looked really good in this one, and the bench was even able to contribute. Fouls and ball control remain an issue for this young team.

Portland continues skid, fall to Atlanta Hawks 95-87

J.J. Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Spurs vs. Blazers matchup. ​The Headline:​ ​Nicolas Batum​ asks for the ball in the fourth and delivers, but not even that saves Portland from falling just short. Batum and L.A. have solid nights, but still can’t match a small Parker-less Spurs.

Despite Batum’s best efforts, Blazers fall to spurs 109-112

Nicolas Batum

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Spurs vs. Blazers matchup. ​The Headline:​ ​Nicolas Batum​ asks for the ball in the fourth and delivers, but not even that saves Portland from falling just short. Batum and L.A. have solid nights, but still can’t match a small Parker-less Spurs.

Versus Clippers Portland puts up good fight but inevitably fall 103-90

Clippers vs. Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Clippers vs. Blazers matchup. The Headline: Led by former Blazer Jamal Crawford, L.A. tops Portland 103-90 in this back-and-forth contest. Nicholas Batum finally reemerged, and Portland put up a pretty good fight at times. Most disappointing was continued problem guarding the perimeter.

State of Rip City: Portland Trail Blazers 2012/13 season preview

Damian Lillard Terry Stotts

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella previews the 2012-13 season. If Portland has any shot at earning one of the eight playoff spots, they have a lot of work ahead of them. Stella predicts that patience will be required with Terry Stott’s team, and that Rip City’s final record will be 35-47. He also projects the season’s stats for LaMarcus Alddridge, J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard.

Top 5 games on the Portland Trail Blazers schedule for 2012-13 season

Brandon Roy

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in with his top 5 matchups to watch out for this NBA season for the Canucks. The schedule came out Thursday. With so many new faces on the team’s current roster, anticipation is high. The Nov. 8 game vs. the Clippers will be the first time that national audience gets a look at Damian Lillard. Watch for a Brandon Roy in the Rose Garden in 2012 again too.

Welcome to the Blazers Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric

Raymond Felton

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the Blazers acquisition of Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric. Although Felton still has promise in him and has vowed to score 50 against Portland (ooo, we’re so scared), Gadzuric and Jeffries give Portland two veterans that should be able to help build and teach their youthful roster.

Portland Trail Blazers Gameday: Things to love about the Rose Garden experience

The Rose Garden provides an atmosphere like no other. Photo credit: Oregonlive.com

NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the Rose Garden, one of the premier venues for watching professional basketball. Even though the team has not witnessed prominent success since 2000, the Rose Garden Arena still remains one of the best places to watch an NBA game, even before the game starts. Mark Mason and an environmentally friendly atmosphere truly distinguish the Rose Garden from other arenas.