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Trail Blazers Host San Antonio Spurs In 2013-14 Home Opener November 2

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The Portland Trail Blazers will open their 2013-14 home schedule against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Rose Garden. Portland will tip-off its 44th NBA season on the road vs. Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 30, it was announced today by the NBA.Continue Reading

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  1. 12/31/12

    Trail Blazers Start New Year In New York

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    On New Years Day, the Trail Blazers (15-14) will take on the New York Knicks (21-9) under the bright lights of the "World's Most Famous Arena." The Trail Blazers will be without Meyers Leonard who has stayed home with a sprained ankle and Wesley Matthews' hip injury continues to be an unknown given the injury and Matthews' desire to play, even when injured. Amar'e Stoudemire will be making his debut while Carmelo Anthony could miss the game with a hyperextended left knee. The game begins at 4:30 PM and will be shown on CSNNW and can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. Continue Reading

  2. 12/29/12

    Trail Blazers Grind Out Win Against Sixers

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    Nicolas Batum had a monster line of 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to help lead the Trail Blazers (15-14) to a hard-fought 89-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (14-17). JJ Hickson had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. The win helps put the Trail Blazers over .500 once again before they head on the road for a four-game road trip, which begins in New York City under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Continue Reading

  3. 12/29/12

    Trail Blazers Welcome Sixers For First Time

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    After falling to an opponent that put things into an extra gear on Friday, the Trail Blazers (14-14) now return to the friendly confines of the Rose Garden before going on the road for four games. Tonight, they face the young Philadelphia 76ers (14-16), coming off a tough loss of their own last night in Golden State. The game will start at 7PM at the Rose Garden and will be shown on CSNNW and can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. • Last night the Trail Blazers were dominated on both ends by a veteran opponent. Tonight, against a youthful yet experienced Philadelphia group, defense must again be the emphasis. The Trail Blazers allowed 34 points in the first quarter against the Lakers and cannot allow something even close to that for Philadelphia. Their offense (20th in the NBA) is nothing to write home about, but they do have some playmakers like Jrue Holliday and good shooters like Dorrell Wright than can make you pay. Their defense (15th in the NBA) is what carries them. The Sixers are exceptional at taking care of the ball as they are second in the league in turnover rate, however they are pretty much middle of the road in everything else offensively. They struggle mightily getting to the line as they don't have that type of star player that puts pressure on the defense and gets to the foul line. • As is almost every game, Damian Lillard's match-up is what will get the attention. Jrue Holliday has been quietly having a fantastic, all-star level season for the Sixers, averaging over 18 points and 8.9 points. Holliday has been thrusted into a more featured role in the Philly offense with the departure of Andre Iguoudala and the injury troubles for Andrew Bynum. After drawing Steve Nash on defense last night, Lillard will face Holliday tonight. Lillard will also want to atone for a bad shooting night last night. Obviously, he is never one to change his approach to the game but the numbers suggest he won't go four of 17 again. It will be interesting to see, however, how the Sixers guard Lillard after seeing how the Lakers employed full court attention to the rookie. Stotts didn't use the type of defense as an excuse for Lillard's rough statistical night but it did change Lillard's role in the offense a little bit more as he was not easily allowed to touch the ball. Lillard is seventh among Western Conference guards in scoring (leads all rookies), averaging 18.3 points per game. Continue Reading

  4. 12/28/12

    Aldridge's Effort Not Enough Against Lakers

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game of 26 points through three quarters for the Trail Blazers (14-14) but he was the only Trail Blazers that had a good night as the Lakers (15-15) as they fell in LA 104-87. The Trail Blazers won't get any time to dwell on the loss as they will fly back to Portland tonight to take on the 76ers tomorrow in Portland. The Lakers lost their first game since the return of Steve Nash on Wednesday in Denver and had a poor defensive performance. They came in and imposed their will and came out with one mission: stop Damian Lillard. They threw a bigger guard in Darius Morris on Lillard and Lillard had a rough night going 4-17 for 11 points. Nobody else could really get anything going offensively except Aldridge and Dwight Howard (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Kobe Bryant (27 points) dominated for the Lakers. The game tomorrow tips off at 7PM at the Rose Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers. It will air on CSNNW and can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. Continue Reading

  5. 12/27/12

    Trail Blazers Look To Beat Lakers For Second Time

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    On Friday night, the Trail Blazers (14-13) will be under the bright lights of the Staples Center taking on the Los Angeles Lakers (14-15). The game tips off at Staples Center at 7:30 PM and will be shown on KGW and can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. Two months ago, these teams met at the Rose Garden. That was the first night that Damian Lillard caught everyone's attention for real as he scored 23 points and dished 11 assists in a Trail Blazers victory over the most talked about team in the NBA. There after, both teams ended up surprising people in different ways. The Lakers, by way of their struggles without the injured Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and the still-not-100 percent Dwight Howard and an ever efficient Kobe Bryant, struggled, shocking many who had essentially given them the Western Conference title. The Trail Blazers have surprised in a positive way with Lillard's jump from Weber State to putting up All-Star level production in his first 25 games taking most of the headlines. The Lakers are different with Nash back and the Trail Blazers are far more than just Lillard. Lillard admitted that he's seen the Lakers play since Steve Nash returned on the same night that the Trail Blazers won game five of their five-game winning streak. "They seem a lot more in sync with him out on the floor," Lillard said of the Lakers with Nash. "He's getting guys in position to score the ball. They look good." Obviously nothing has really changed since then. Whatever the records say, the Lakers are still clearly the team expected to win as they have gone 2-1, beating quality opponents in the Warriors (19-10, 5th in the West on the road) and the Knicks (21-8, 2nd in the East) before losing to the Nuggets on Wednesday, where Dwight Howard was ejected for a flagrant two foul. Howard was fined $35,000 but was not suspended and will start against the Trail Blazers. Continue Reading

  6. 12/26/12

    Trail Blazers Dominate Kings In Series Finale

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    The final game in the season series between the Trail Blazers (14-13) and the Kings (9-19) ended exactly as every game has, in blowout fashion, this time it was the Trail Blazers that took it to the Kings. LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points, 12 rebounds) and JJ Hickson (17 points, 14 rebounds) were too much for the Kings inside. The win pushes the Trail Blazers back over .500. Damian Lillard (17 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds) and Nicolas Batum (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) both had great games as well. That could be said for just about everyone. Will Barton had a career-high of 14 points off the bench. The Kings didn't really have much going until the end when they made the score more respectable. John Salmons led the Kings with 19 points. The Trail Blazers don't play again until Friday when they will travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers. That game will start at 7:30 PM and will be shown on KGW and it can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. Continue Reading

  7. 12/26/12

    Trail Blazers Face Kings For Final Time

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    Tonight the Portland Trail Blazers (13-13) face the Sacramento Kings (9-18) for the second time in four days and the final time this season. Wesley Matthews is likely to sit but with Wes, you just never know. The game will tip off at 7PM at the Rose Garden and will be shown on CSNNW and can be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. • The last three games of this series have all been ridiculous. The previous three match-ups between these two teams have all been blow outs, even if you include their preseason contest. It seems that every game has been different but that all of them have gotten out of hand in one way or another. In the previous match-up, the Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans and it forced the Kings other players to step-up. Marcus Thornton, John Salmons and Travis Outlaw all stepped up to hit big shots to help blow out the Trail Blazers in the previous meeting. Stotts thought the team had a good rhythm in the early going of that one but that they lost their groove as the game progressed while the Kings got hot and never stopped being hot. Towards the end of the game, even when the Trail Blazers defended well, the Kings players were making extremely tough shots as they could do no wrong. The indefinite suspension on Cousins has been lifted but according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, he will not play in tonight's match-up but Evans has been ruled out. With all three games previously ending in blowouts, perhaps the final one will finally amount to a close game. • This game is the beginning of a grueling stretch for the Trail Blazers. Portland has three games in four nights beginning with tonight's game, a day off on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back. The Trail Blazers have had a pretty relaxed December compared to their crazy November but will finish the month with a tough stretch before they go on another road trip in the first week of January. After being in the friendly confines of the Rose Garden for most of the month, the Trail Blazers have to take their show on the road. • Frankly, the Trail Blazers must improve in many ways from their previous two performances against the Kings. For whatever reason, the Kings somehow turn the Trail Blazers into a clunky, sluggish basketball team. The game's haven't been pretty. Defensively, the Trail Blazers didn't fight the action after the first quarter in the previous match-up and the offense wasn't playing "in flow," as Stotts likes to say. The offense in the last match-up and the one before that in the Rose Garden looked stagnant and slow. The movement wasn't there and the Trail Blazers couldn't get any quality looks at the basket. The Trail Blazers must be on the attack from the opening tip if they are to win. In their only win against the Kings this year, Lillard had a big game of 22 points and nine assists and after he got going, the rest of the team was in a better flow. With Cousins back, the interior will be more of a concern than the last match-up. Continue Reading

  8. 12/25/12

    Kings v. Trail Blazers: Pregame Notes

    Written by trailblazers  / avg. rating: 5

    Portland and Sacramento will be playing each other for the fourth and final time this season. The Trail Blazers won the first meeting, 103-86, on Nov. 13 in Sacramento, and the Kings beat Portland 99-80 at the Rose Garden on Dec. 8 and 108-96 on Dec. 23 at Sleep Train Arena. Continue Reading

  9. 12/23/12

    Trail Blazers Winning Streak Snapped In Sacramento

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 3

    The Trail Blazers (13-13) fell to the Sacramento Kings (9-18) in Sacramento 108-96. LaMarcus Aldridge played extremely well, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds but the Trail Blazers didn't have enough defense to stop the Kings. Nicolas Batum also had a nice line of 17 points and eight assists. Continue Reading

  10. 12/23/12

    Preview: Trail Blazers v. Kings, 6 PM

    Written by trailblazers  / avg. rating: 3

    The Portland Trail Blazers started a six-game homestead with an embarrassing loss to the Sacramento Kings at the Rose Garden. Now, after winning their last five games, the Trail Blazers end that same homestead with a game in Sacramento against the Kings. Tipoff is schedule for 6 PM on CSNNW and 1190 KEX. Continue Reading

  11. 12/22/12

    Trail Blazers Take Fifth Straight, Beat Suns 96-93

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    Damian Lillard led the charge in the second half after the Trail Blazers were down by nine. Lillard scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half (7 assists). Lillard's efforts helped the Trail Blazers (13-12) defeat the Phoenix Suns (11-16) 96-93, snapping the Suns' four-game winning streak and extending Portland's current winning streak to five games. JJ Hickson also had another monster of a game with 19 points and 15 rebounds, his seventh straight double-double, becoming the first Trail Blazer to do that since Arvydas Sabonis in 1997. Continue Reading

  12. 12/21/12

    Trail Blazers Look To Finish Home Stand On High Note

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    The Trail Blazers (12-12) and the Suns (11-15) were both struggling only weeks ago. Now, both teams find themselves in the midst of four game winning streaks. The last game between these two teams ended in a blowout and the Trail Blazers were without JJ Hickson. The tip off will be at 7PM at the Rose Garden and will be shown on CSNNW. The final game of the six game home stand can also be heard on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. • It's tough to look at the previous game between these two teams and look for things that might present themselves on Saturday night. The previous match-up was incredibly lopsided and the Trail Blazers played one of, if not their worst 48 minutes of basketball of the season. The Trail Blazers allowed the Suns to shoot almost 60 percent from the field and over 40 percent from the three-point line. Jermaine O'Neal also brought 17 points off the bench and dominated in the middle. It was truly a game where the Trail Blazers missed Hickson's energy but they also lacked a collective team effort. They also shot poorly from the three point arc hitting only five of their 19 attempts. Damian Lillard was on fire (24 points) and tried to lead a charge but that game the Trail Blazers poor defense and lack of perimeter shooting caught up to them. Lillard had a rough game taking care of the ball as the Suns brought full court pressure many times and forced Lillard into six turnovers, which tied two other games for a season high. The Suns also snapped a three-game Trail Blazers winning streak with the win. This time, both teams have four-game winning streaks so either way, another streak will be broken. • LaMarcus Aldridge's (left ankle sprain) status for the Phoenix game is up in the air. He did not practice on Friday but said that his status will be a game-time decision. The Trail Blazers got by without Aldridge in the last game against a very good rebounding team. The Suns have very good rebounders in Marcin Gortat, Luis Scola and Markieff Morris. Luke Babbitt stepped up in a big way grabbing eight boards against Denver and will have to do the same against the Suns if Aldridge can't go. However, match-ups could dictate who Stotts uses, but if the Suns go small it's almost a certainly now that Stotts will turn to Babbitt. • The Trail Blazers need to continue to improve their defense. With a defense ranked as low as 28th in the league earlier in the season, the Trail Blazers have improved slightly to 22nd in the league. Make no mistake, this is still not a good thing but the fact that they have improved from where they were is a positive. Frankly, it's quite surprising a team so young could improve like this so early in the season, which is testament to the coaching staff and the amount of film study they do. Last week on Trail Blazers Courtside, Stotts talked about how he is doing more individual film study with the Trail Blazers than he did at other stops. It's visible too, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland can always be found watching video with assistant coach Kim Hughes on a laptop or Damian Lillard will be watching film with David Vanterpool. Stotts won't give praise to the defense because they still are not a good defensive team, but the improvement is encouraging. The Trail Blazers will need to continue to improve and prevent the Suns from going off offensively like they did in Phoenix. Lillard in particular has looked much improved on defense, which will be key against a talented playmaker and scorer in Goran Dragic. Portland cannot afford to let the Suns get open shots like they did the last time and if the Suns pressure Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers will have to be more ready to help Lillard get the ball into the front court if they want to win this time around. Continue Reading

  13. 12/20/12

    Without Aldridge, Trail Blazers Rally For 4th Straight Win

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    Without their All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers had to make due. In a total team effort, the Trail Blazers (12-12) were able to beat the Denver Nuggets (14-13) 101-93. Nicolas Batum led the Trail Blazers with 22 points as well as six rebounds and three assists. JJ Hickson was a monster for the Trail Blazers finishing with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Continue Reading

  14. 12/20/12

    Trail Blazers Face Nuggets For First Time

    Written by erikgundersen  / avg. rating: 5

    Despite injury troubles, the Trail Blazers (11-12) have played well on their home floor in the past week to have a three-game winning streak. With LaMarcus Aldridge out (left ankle sprain), the Trail Blazers will face the Denver Nuggets (14-12) on Thursday night at 7PM on KGW. Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will have the call on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM. The Trail Blazers have won three straight games and are looking to make it four tonight, it would be their longest winning streak of the season. Continue Reading

  15. 12/19/12

    Trail Blazers Players Visit St. Mary's Home for Boys, Deliver $50,000 Check

    Written by trailblazers  / avg. rating: 5

    Portland Trail Blazers players, coaches and staff made a surprise visit to St. Mary’s Home for Boys on Wednesday afternoon. The team scrimmaged with the boys, played “knockout” and provided a bright spot for the boys during the holiday season. Continue Reading

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