NWSB Editor Bryant Knox looks ahead at the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule for the rest of the 2014 NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Rip City has a chance to take advantage of lighter opponents, such as the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard recognizes that confidence is a good thing, but the team must remain vigilant, as it’s been trending the wrong direction since a hot start.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 17, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz while falling to the San Antonio Spurs. With LaMarcus Aldridge out, Damian Lillard stepped up big time, and so did Thomas Robinson, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund gives us his top 5 Sonics moments in time, well 5-3 in this edition at least. A great look at a fan throughout his childhood, and the memories that he attached to each game on the list. Starting from a very young age, not knowing if it were real or not, to a high school aged Peter enjoying hearing a player get the business from his coach. Good times were definitely had by the Edlund family at the Key.
Bryant Knox breaks down what we learned about the Portland Trailblazers during their recent five-game road trip. Despite going 2-3 on the trip, we saw more good things than bad. LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like the best power forward in the NBA, as he’s more well-rounded than Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is sidelined with an injury. This team is going to fight no matter what its record is, but there’s no denying that the final month of the season is going to be tough when it comes to making the playoffs.
Bryant Knox previews the five biggest games remaining in the Portland Trail Blazers’ season. The Blazers began the year exceeding expectations, but they’ve since lost momentum, including a seven-game losing streak in the month of February. If the team wants to play past April, they’ll have to find wins against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and yes, the Charlotte Bobcats.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his third installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. This time he’s going with the young guns, highlighting their hopeful rise to fame in the NBA. So far, none of the recent draft picks have seen a ton of time for their respective teams, most seeing action in the NBDL. But there’s hope for them, as injuries, blowouts, and good showings will give them more NBA action.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox states five “what if” scenarios for the Portland Trail Blazers 2012/2013 NBA campaign. Every NBA season tips off with more questions than answers, but the Portland Trail Blazers have been home to the unexpected more than most the past few seasons. With as much talent as Damian Lillard brings into the league, it’s easy to see how the Blazers’ success will rely heavily on how well the point guard adjusts to the game.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox is back today to weigh in on the two options the Blazers have with LaMarcus Aldridge. Of course the best case scenario would be building around him and winning the NBA title, but this is reality, not fairytale land. They either trade him and recoup what they can, or they can wait it out and hope for the best. Either way it will be a challenge for the fans.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas brings us a Northwest Athlete profile of Trail Blazer Wesley Matthews, a key player as Portland looks towards the future. Born October 14, 1986, Wesley Matthews Jr. was given birth to a pair of athletes in their own right. Pam Moore was a two-sport athlete and track standout at the University of Wisconsin and in a member of the Badgers’ 2006 Hall of Fame class…
Should the Blazers trade one of their top-12 picks? NWSB insider and writer Steve Lee lists the pros and cons of past draft-day trades. Analysis includes Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez, James Jones, Deron Williams, and LaMarcus Aldridge. With two picks in the top twelve this summer, there is a good chance that the Blazers might be able to restock the shelves.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Thursday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz. J.J. Hickson and Jonny Flynn ended the season on a good note while Wesley Matthews and Luke Babbitt ended the season on a sour note. With the Blazers season over after this contest, it makes you start pondering offseason decisions.