NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down what you can expect with PDX officially out of the playoffs. Following the loss to James Harden, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets, Portland is officially playing for a spot in the lottery. The team will certainly rest injured players such as Nicolas Batum, so expect to see youngsters Meyers Leonard and Victor Claver earn more time. LaMarcus Aldridge should continue to be the leader, as Damian Lillard’s inexperience could be a problem while staying motivated.
NWSB Insider and Rip City hoops blogger Jason Hartzog reviews the Portland Trail Blazers April 3rd matchup versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He points out it was a rough night for Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard. They both showed some of their offensive ability. However, it was their lack of defense that stood out in this one. Will Barton followed the rest of the team with horrible shooting.
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.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews which Portland Trail Blazers may not be with the team beyond the rebuilding phase. The team has seen quite a bit of turnover the past few seasons, and with the current rebuilding process just getting under way, there are a handful of players who could disappear if the team can’t return to prominence this year. Wesley Matthews, J.J. Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Victor Claver make the list.
Resident NBA blogger and Portland Trail Blazers writer Steve Lee tells us today when you look at the Blazers backups, here’s hoping that those who hear their name announced at the beginning of the night have eaten their Wheaties! Joel Freeland, Myers Leonard, Luke Babbitt, Victor Claver, Sasha Pavlovic, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith and Ronnie Price have their work cut out for them in the 2012 NBA season around the corner.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox brings us an excellent look at the newest additions to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason. Damian Lillard, Dan Gadzuric, Jared Jeffries, Joel Freeland, Ronnie Price, Sasha Pavlovic and Victor Claver all bring different talents to the team. With these new additions, the Blazers will address their shooting and size issues.