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Lillard isn't an All-Star, but you can't tell with swats like this

OK, OK, maybe you're getting tired with all the groveling over Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard's All-Star misfortune. Already a two-time All-Star, Lillard is caught in the wrong conference at the wrong time. There's just too many amazing guards in the West, and fans made sure Kobe Bryant's retirement tour includes a final All-Star Game start.The snub certainly hasn...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan incredible alley-oop slam dunk against Trail Blazers

As the Raptors continue their amazing start to the regular season, DeMar DeRozan will take part in the All-Star Game for the second time in his career as Toronto hosts the event this year. Tonight, the Raptors faced off against the Portland Trail Blazers and in the first quarter, Kyle Lowry was able to find DeRozan for an amazing alley-oop dunk: DeMar DeRozan, everybody! *** DeRozan...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard is 2016’s biggest All-Star snub

For the second year in a row, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was not selected to be in the NBA All-Star Game.  Thankfully, he got to replace an injured Blake Griffin in last year’s contest, but this year, Lillard is on the outside looking in as he prepares to watch the game from home for the first time since his rookie year. Lillard was once again snubbed from...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucks fall to Trail Blazers 107-95 in fourth straight loss

PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum had 30 points and Portland beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-95 on Tuesday night for the Trail Blazers' season-high fifth straight win.Damian Lillard had 14 points and 12 assists for his 11th double-double of the season. Al-Farouq Aminu added 16 points for the Blazers, who have won nine of their last 11.Khris Middleton had 21 points and eight rebounds for...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 2/2

The Portland Trail Blazers are on a roll heading into the All-Star break, winning nine out of their last 11 games, and have slid into eighth in the Western Conference. Right now, they would qualify for their third straight playoff berth in three years, which would be astounding considering that Portland GM Neil Olshey had to replace 80% of the starting lineup, and most of the roster...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Towns scores 21, but Timberwolves fall 96-93 at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard scored 21 points apiece, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their 11th straight road loss with a 96-93 victory Sunday night. Portland extended its winning streak to four and improved to 3-0 against the Timberwolves this season. Karl-Anthony Towns, a contender for Rookie of the Year, was the first player...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Portland Trail Blazers Trade CJ McCollum?

Starting with tonight’s game against Charlotte, Portland has seven games remaining before the NBA Trade Deadline on February 18th. And if some fans and pundits get their way, Portland’s first game after the deadline could look very different. And that starts with the question of whether GM Neil Olshey should seriously consider moving CJ McCollum, even if Cleveland forward and...
Via Oregon Sports News
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Does Damian Lillard make the All-Star team?

This year’s starters for the All-Star Game in Toronto were announced last Friday, Jan. 22. The starting guards in the Western Conference are Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. With Damian Lillard missing out on the fan vote, this begs the question of whether or not he will make the All-Star squad as a reserve via the coaches’ vote. The day after the All-Star starters were announced...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum launching high school journalism program

In recent years, a rising chorus of professional athletes has expressed disdain for the media that cover them. C.J. McCollum is going in a different direction. The Trail Blazers guard, enjoying a career year with 20.8 points per game, has launched a journalism program for students at nearby Madison High School. According to The Oregonian, McCollum’s program will be called “C...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Shut Down DeMarcus Cousins, Beat Sacramento Kings 112-97

Fresh off setting the top mark for scoring in an NBA game this season and breaking single game franchise record with 56 points, DeMarcus Cousins looked to continue his recent hot streak against the Trail Blazers.  His blazing trail did end in the Rose City for Cousins as Portland limited him to 4-21 shooting and shot 9-17 from the free throw line, finishing with only 17 points...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

You may not know about C.J. McCollum now, but you will soon

C.J. McCollum spots up from the left wing. He’s far beyond the arc. It doesn’t matter. He sinks it. Blazers lead the Wizards 7-0.Only three minutes later, he heads to the same spot but this time, he’s farther back. He retrieves the ball, clearly feels hot, leaves his feet again. For a second time, swish. Portland now up 11.That’s been routine this year. The 20-26 Trail Blazers...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t expect Damian Lillard in Toronto if he’s not an All-Star

It’s all or nothing for Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard. If he isn’t named one of the reserves for the 2016 All-Star game, don’t expect him to be in Toronto that weekend. Damian Lillard said that if he isn’t selected as an All-Star he does not plan to be in the 3-point shootout or in Toronto at all. — Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) January 25...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Portland's Stotts the best teacher in the NBA?

The Portland Trail Blazers are not contending for a championship this season, but their head coach, Terry Stotts, won't let his players believe anything different. Every day he preaches the playoffs, and once you're in the playoffs, absolutely everything stays on the table.Here's more on the job Stotts is doing with this young Trail Blazers roster, per The Columbian:Portland's offense...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Olshey, Portland Trail Blazers Won’t Talk ‘Playoffs, Lottery’

On Jan. 15, Oregon Sports News’ Patrick McEachern came to the conclusion that the Portland Trail Blazers “simply cannot make the playoffs this year.” That decision, which was intended to mean they should choose not to make the playoffs, stemmed from an internal debate regarding the postseason versus the lottery—a debate that general manager Neil Olshey apparently hasn’t...
Via Oregon Sports News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blazers' Unusual Rebuild

As quickly as the Portland Trail Blazers transformed themselves from a 33-win team in 12-13 to a 50-win playoff team in both 13-14 and 14-15, the franchise just as quickly begins another rebuilding process. The Blazers lost four of their five starters, as well as their 6th man in the offseason. The Blazers did offset the complete change of course by signing Damian Lillard to a maximum...
Via RealGM - NBA
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard releases rap song in honor of MLK Day

Like many NBA players before him, Damian Lillard makes rap songs on the side. Unlike most NBA players before him, Damian Lillard is really good at rapping. The Trailblazers point guard released a song called “Bigger Than Us” in honor of Martin Luther King Day condemning racism and police brutality and demanding change while also praising the work of previous civil rights...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard has Portland thinking playoffs

Last season was odd for the Portland Trail Blazers. They went 51-31 and made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers could not capture the magic they had in the 2014 playoffs, when they won their first postseason series since the year 2000. In the 2015 playoffs, they struggled against the slow, grind-it-out pace of the Grizzlies. Then...
Via Crossover Chronicles
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum acknowledges trade chatter

For now, the Portland Trail Blazers don’t have any plans to trade breakout star CJ McCollum. There’s a general theory budding, though, that Portland should dangle the guard on the open market ahead of the February 18 NBA trade deadline and sell high to get more help in the frontcourt. John Canzano of the Oregonian suggested as much in a recent column. In an interesting turn of...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland’s portal of opportunity is open after a wild Wednesday

The Portland Trail Blazers have not been at the forefront of the race for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference this season. That might soon change. Heck, Wednesday night might have already altered the dynamic in the wild, wild West. While the extremely bipolar Sacramento Kings — winners in Toronto, Indiana, and Oklahoma City — fell behind the New Orleans Pelicans...
Via Crossover Chronicles
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt success

Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers were fantastic in their home win Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Point guard Damian Lilliard lead the way in this game for the Blazers as he scored 31 points, with 17 of those coming late in the fourth quarter. With a 16-24 record, the Trail Blazers have played much better than what their...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Kidd to undergo hip surgery, out indefinitely

The Milwaukee Bucks really are trying their hardest to channel their inner Golden State Warriors. Bucks head coach Jason Kidd indicated after the team’s win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday that he will be out indefinitely and is going to undergo right hip surgery on Monday: Jason Kidd will undergo right hip surgery on Monday in New York and be out indefinite time period. Joe...
Via Sportsnaut
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

The next time Mason Plumlee hears the Rihanna track "B***h Better Have My Money," it will probably remind him of Jimmy Butler.Which would be understandable given that the Chicago Bulls' shooting guard has made it very public that he plans to ask the Portland Trail Blazer to pay the $2,500 fine he drummed up when the team's faced off earlier this week.The fine stemmed from an incident...
Via Yardbarker
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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