NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the Blazers’ relatively easy victory over the ailing Sacramento Kings. Playing the first of two games against the Kings in two days, the Blazers managed to distribute the ball evenly, attack the boards, and were too much for a Sacramento team relying on DeMarcus Cousins to do everything.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings up his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, dropping the season opener to the Phoenix Suns and redeeming themselves twice against the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum are among the players who stood out the most for Rip City.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 2-1, losing to the Phoenix Suns and defeating the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of establishing a rotation between Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. That said, he must find a way to get the starters fewer minutes, and getting Meyers Leonard more time will help also.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 1, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs, L.A. averaged 25.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also shot an impressive 53.8 percent from the field. The only areas where he can improve is on the glass — although Robin Lopez will help — and in pick-and-roll defense, as Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard need help up top.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five things to watch for as the Portland Trail Blazers begin training camp. The 2013-14 NBA season will be an intriguing one for Rip City. Along with the development of Damian Lillard, it will be interesting to watch how the rotation is set with a crowded backcourt comprising Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Mo Williams. When it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge, expect to hear about trade rumors. Also, Robin Lopez will help the team defensively.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox evaluates the 100/1 odds the Portland Trail Blazers have been given to win the 2014 championship (via Bovada.lv). For fans looking to put money down on Portland, understand that the odds are against you. This team is young and inexperienced, and quite frankly, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are hardly the stars that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are for the Miami Heat. That said, if you’re feeling optimistic, you can focus on the fact that Nicolas Batum has a chance to round out Rip City’s Big Three, and that CJ McCollum, Mo Williams and Thomas Robinson will be solid additions to the bench.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers 2013-14 roster, with an emphasis on the veterans. The Blazers are a relatively young roster, so for the sake of this assignment, we look at the top-five players with at least five years experience. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright all make the cut. Earl Watson earns an honorable mention for his off-court presence and leadership.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox power ranks the entire Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The top two names should be no surprise. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the top scorers on this roster, which means they’ll lead the way in the new season. The question is: Where do players like Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Nicolas Batum fall? And where do Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez, the team’s newest big men, land as well?
NWSB Editor breaks down the Portland Trail Blazers’ payroll entering the 2013-14 season. GM Neil Olshey has done an outstanding job when it comes to finding cheap, talented players. He’s also kept the future flexible, with short-term deals to players such as Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Robin Lopez. Rip City currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA in Damian Lillard, but the jury is still out on what will happen with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Steve Lee breaks down which players may not be in Rip City for the 2013-14 NBA season. Will Barton, Terrel Harris, Joel Freeland, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews make the list. Players such as Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum will have a huge influence on the aforementioned players’ Portland tenure.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down both the good and the bad regarding the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt spots entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The guards have added depth in CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, which is a good thing. The problem is that inexperience an be a problem, and a player like Will Barton isn’t helping that category. Shooting will be improved, especially if Wesley Mattews is healthy. And with Damian Lillard scoring and making plays for Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, things can’t be all bad.
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.