2014 NBA playoffs: Previewing Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the 2014 NBA playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. Knox looks at the key narrative, key matchup and gives us a prediction. Featured in this series is Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 24

Mo Williams

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 24, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 3-0, defeating the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum were the stars of the week, locking in a matchup with the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 23

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 23, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans, while falling to the Phoenix Suns. LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard were the stars of the week, but it’s the team’s return to the NBA playoffs that deserves our attention.

Portland Trail Blazers show urgency with 2014 NBA playoffs looming

Wesley Matthews

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at how things have turned around for the Portland Trail Blazers with the NBA playoffs around the corner. The return of LaMarcus Aldrige has helped, but it’s a sense of urgency – largely from Wesley Matthews — that has helped Rip City reach another high point in this roller coaster of a season.

5 things we must see from Portland Trail Blazers down the stretch

Wesley Matthews LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down where the Portland Trail Blazers must improve down the stretch of the NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews need to rediscover their three-point shots. Getting LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Freeland will also be helpful, and losing to bad teams will no longer be acceptable.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 21

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 21, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards while falling to the playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats. LaMarcus Aldridge missed all the action, leaving it to Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum to step up.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 19

Robin Lopez

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 19, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 1-3, defeating the Atlanta Hawks while falling the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews all had noteworthy performances.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 15

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 15, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-2, taking down the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, while falling to the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. As usual, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge starred, but Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Robin Lopez earn recognition as well.

Lillard makes history, announced to five All-Star Weekend events

Damian Lillard

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down each contest Damian Lillard will be participating in as he makes history at All-Star Weekend. The Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game with LaMarcus Aldridge.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 14

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 1-1, taking down the Toronto Raptors, while falling to the Memphis Grizzlies. Damian Lillard’s slump continued at the beginning of the week, but after being announced as an All-Star with LaMarcus Aldridge, he bounced back against Toronto. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum also deserve recognition.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 13

Nicolas Batum

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, honors go to Nicolas Batum, as we recognize his resiliency against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, as well as his desire to make the All-Star Game. In five games, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 13

Rockets Blazers

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 13, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-3, taking down the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, while falling to the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. For the first time this season, Damian Lillard is encountering a shooting slump, but LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews made up the difference.