Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 5

That's game.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 5, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Final Score: MEM - 99, POR - 93 To be honest, the season was over when they lost Game 3.  No one has ever come back, and when someone does, it won’t be after a pair of 15-point losses where they looked like their fingernails were getting torn out.  Or maybe it was over when they drew the Grizzlies. They’ve ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 4

CJ and Baby Sabonis (© Shaq) pull the Blazers back from the brink.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 4, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES @ PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS Final Score: POR - 99, MEM - 92 You'll forgive me if it seemed like they were doomed. I opened the program and saw this listed under "Tonight's Quote":"We tried to get back in the game. The crowd was into it. We never give up. We keep fighting." — Nicolas Batum, after Game 3. Was this suppose to inspire whomever read ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 3

These are the end times.


NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 3, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES @ PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS  Final Score: MEM - 115, POR - 109 I would not call the pregame atmosphere juiced. This is a contest complete with dread, fear and loathing. The Blazers have been worked in both of their games, injuries stacked like crackers at the Dippery*, Lillard in the throes of a basketball crisis, cause ...   More
Sunday, April 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 2

The Blazers are a pain in the Grizzlies' collective foot—but like Mike Conley, they're playing through it.


NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 2, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Final Score: POR - 82, MEM - 97 Observe TNT sideline reporter Lewis Johnson. Johnson came back from halftime with a story about Mike Conley’s foot pain. “Where does it hurt?” he asked. Mike said, “About here,” and Lewis said, “OK, I have all the information and materials I need for a diagram. I also ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

The Blazers Don't Lose To Spanish Players, But They Will Punch Them In The Crotch Now And Then

Who's to blame for Portland's locker room sign mock-controversy? Naturally, it goes back to Rudy Fernandez.

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Athletes like motivational signs. In any room with 10-20 athletes, they will spring up from nothing. “ALWAYS COMPETE!” “SQUASH!” “BLEED FOR THE TEAM!” “IF YOU AIN’T LOSING A HAND, YOU AIN’T GIVING ENOUGH OF YOUR HAND FOR THE TEAM!” These sorts of signs are like the competitive pollen to make winning nectar. You can’t make sports happen without them. Recently, John Canzano—a ...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 1

So that happened.


NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 1, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIESFinal Score: POR - 86, MEM - 100A word, first, for Beno Udrih.  Beno, for Lord only knows what reason, what confluence of stars, what possessing Earth Majick, what horror show of bonding and separating chemicals in his body, lives to absolutely light the Blazers up. The Blazers' bad point-guard defenders and scheme, ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

NBA Playoff Preview, Round 1: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Welcome to the Infirmary Series! May the least injured team win!

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Good afternoon! The Portland Trail Blazers, Portland’s second most popular basketball team (behind Stephen Malkmus’s Portland Parks and Rec Squad, “The Trigger Cuts”) are IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS! If you are a fan of this team, I say to you: CONGRATULATIONS! Here is a Blazers-themed cake for you to celebrate with! Unless you have been living in a hole watching basketball and doing almost nothing ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

From the Elbow: That Time of Year Again

Can the Blazers avoid another historic end-of-season losing streak? Does it even matter?

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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 trip, ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Almost Live, 2011 Playoff Edition: Dallas at Portland, Game Four

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Really, ask me anything!It's nearing 2 pm on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I'm hanging out indoors: It must be the NBA Playoffs!As must-win games go, tonight's is about the must-winniest. The Blazers don't play a lot of these afternoon home games. That should probably make fans nervous. Also, don't you think that the players that are 1,000 miles from home, isolated in their hotel rooms and ...   More
Saturday, April 23, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Know Your Enemy

Assessing the threat level of these international Mavericks.

Technically, there shouldn’t be a team of “Mavericks” because the dictionary defines a maverick as “an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.” Which sounds aw   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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