NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. Poor bench play, a disappearing LaMarcus Aldridge, and downright awful defense has plagued Portland in their recent contests, leaving many to wonder where this team is actually headed. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Luke Babbitt earn All-Star recognition in week two, while Lillard also takes home the Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Kings matchup. The Headline: The Trail Blazers finally find win No. 3 on the back of Damian Lillard, topping the Kings 103-86. Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews were great in this win, making a lot of shots. But Portland was beat badly in the paint, and that was against a shorthanded Kings team!
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 Insider and Northwest basketball blogger Steve Lee asks the question, which current NBA team could make the move to Seattle? With the thought that Seattle would be aquiring a current NBA team that will relocate to Seattle once Chris Hanson’s new SODO arena is built. Sacramento would bring Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins. And then there’s the thought of expansion, but who really wants that to happen?
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recaps Sunnday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings. The Blazers are officially out of the running for the 2012 playoffs after dropping a close one to the Kings. The team is further decimated with injuries with Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton aggravating previous injuries.
NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies basketball blogger Clinton Bell tells us the five players that make up his all time starting team in the next chapter of our Moments In Time series on Northwest sports teams. The players mentioned on this list include Todd MacCulloch, Jon Brockman, Quincy Pondexter, Brandon Roy, and Isaiah Thomas. That sounds like a dream team to me!
NWSB insider Jason Green brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on ex-Portland TrailBlazers head coach Rick Adelman. After getting his start with the Blazers in the late 1980′s, Adelman has gone onto become one of the best NBA journeymen coaches of our time. Adelman took the vast majority of teams he coached to the playoffs, making the conference championship several times with multiple teams. He is now in Minnesota where he turned them into contenders from the doormats they used to be.
Seattle Washington blogger Clinton Bell tells us to all keep our fingers crossed, and mark your calendars for March 1st. There will be green and gold in Seattle once again! Christopher Hanson, a San Francisco businessman and Seattle native, has recently purchased a lot just south of Safeco Field in Seattle. Plans are to build an arena to attract a NBA franchise and NHL franchise to the city of Seattle.
Portland Trailblazers fan and blogger Q weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Trail Blazers vs. Kings game on Thursday night. Another loss for RIP City on the road. This was an all too familiar sight for a team that is now 3-9 away from the Rose Garden. Kurt Thomas put up 10 points and 5 rebounds in just 18 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to put up huge numbers.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Kings vs. Trail Blazers game on Monday night. Portland (10-7) started the first of three consecutive games in three nights with a solid victory, A little physical play and huge nights from Jamal Crawford and Gerald Wallace, were the big factors in this one.