The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.
Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season.
Their April 13
overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting
Can the Blazers avoid another historic end-of-season losing streak? Does it even matter?
The Blazers won their final game of last season on March 22. Down in Atlanta on a Friday night, the Blazers handed the playoff bound Hawks an 11-point loss. It was the fourth game of a five-game road trip that included a win the night before against another playoff team in the Chicago Bulls, and back-to-back losses against the Bucks in Milwaukee and the 76ers in Philadelphia. That ...
The Blazers are trying to link their current success to their past—and erasing No. 7 from history.
A few weeks back, a topic of conversation was introduced on Talkin' Ball which, this late in the Blazers' 2013-14 season, seemed like ancient history. The Cleveland Cavaliers had just held a big ceremony to retire the jersey of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Zydrunas—Big Z to his friends and fans—isn’t quite a house...
The Blazers have had an incredible season. The Lakers have not.
March marks the final full month of the 2013-14 NBA season, a season that has been chock full of milestones for the Blazers. One such milestone was achieved Saturday evening at the Moda Center when the Blazers beat the visiting Denver Nuggets 102-96. By defeating the Nuggets for the fourth time in as many tries this season, the Blazers completed the season sweep of one of their chief ...
The Blazers have gotten some unexpected contributions as they try to survive the NBA season stretch run.
On February 23 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden started in an NBA basketball game. Prior to taking the court with the two-time defending champions last week, Oden had last started in a NBA game on Dec. 5, 2009. Last time he saw action, Oden played a scant four minutes and 15 seconds, and a non-contact knee injury basically end...
After a busy All-Star Weekend, the Blazers hope the world now knows Damian Lillard.
In the middle of the second quarter of the Blazers’ gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Pacers in Indiana, ESPN analyst Mike Tirico made a throwaway comment about Damian Lillard.Addressing the national TV audience, Tirico said that if you—NBA viewers outside the Portland metropolitan area—don’t know about Damian Lillard, you will have no choice but to get to know him over the All-St...
The Blazers' bench is greatly improved, but questions remain.
The first month of 2014 wasn’t so kind to the Blazers, in the relative sense. Portland finished two games above .500 for January, a pedestrian record considering the final two months of 2013 were two of the best months in the history of the franchise. Still, some things have changed over the last month with the Blazers. What’s changed is that the 2013-14 NBA season has en...
It's time for doom-saying Blazer fans to admit the Blazers are legit.
A few weeks back, Blazer radio analyst Antonio Harvey made an interesting statement in his post-game wrap-up. Tone, the best kind of homer since he openly roots for the team he covers and the team he covers used to employ him as a player, declared the argument was finally over.What argument, you ask? The argument that LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t deserve to be in the...More
Just as the NBA's midseason malaise settling in, Blazers rookie CJ McCollum has finally made his debut. Let the speculation begin!
At some point in the very near future, the Blazers will record their 33rd win of the 2013-14 season. If they can reach that win number on the night of January 21, when they face off against the Thunder in Oklahoma City— which is a little unlikely considering the Blazers will have to win every single one of their very difficult impending road games to do that—this team will have ma...
The Blazers can't let slipping up against a bad team turn into a trend.
On the final day of 2013, the Blazers pulled off one of professional sports’ most beloved clichés by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in Oklahoma City. An improbable victory over one of the most excellent teams in the NBA, albeit without one of their most excellent players in fashion-forward point guard Russell Westbrook, stopped the Blazers’ first losing streak of thi...