Playoff basketball isn’t about perfection so much as compromise. If your opponent is going to attack your specific weaknesses, you counter and try to negate their strengths. Take Golden State’s comical adjustment last year where they stuck saw Andrew Bogut on Tony Allen and effectively dared him to shoot. He bricked…
The Portland Trail Blazers are forever confounding expectations. In 2013-14, they were supposed to build upon their 33 wins from the previous season, and if things broke right, challenge for the playoffs. Instead, Damian Lillard leapt to stardom and Robin Lopez was a revelation, and the Blazers won 54 games and…
The Kings are playing at home tonight, which means they are not resting DeMarcus Cousins and desperately trying to lose their way into keeping their pick this year. This is good news for you and me, and bad news for Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee, who got dunked on thoroughly by Young Boogie here.
Honey, you can’t make it to the top without at some point scraping the cold, hard bottom. For the Portland Trail Blazers, their highest high (not a pun) came during the 1999-2000 NBA season, which they rode all the way to the Western Conference finals for the second year in a row, and almost made it to the very end.…
While the crazy-as-hell first round of the NCAA Tournament was finishing up, there were a bunch of NBA games on last night. I know! I’m surprised too! In one of them, the Blazers played the sad sack Pelicans, and in the fourth quarter, Kendrick Perkins tried to pop Damian Lillard’s head off.
Time zones are weird. Here on the East Coast, the Houston Rockets had a really, really lousy February 25th, and it was all James Harden’s fault; on the West Coast, it turned out okay, all thanks to James Harden.
Anthony Davis’s 59-point, 20-rebound destruction of the Pistons may have been the best single-game performance of the NBA season, but I say the weekend belonged to Damian Lillard.
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers put a royal whooping on the Golden State Warriors last night up in Portland. Yes, the Warriors were uncharacteristically sloppy and bad. Sure, they fumbled away 13 turnovers in the third quarter alone, the most in any quarter in any game since 2008. Their bench didn’t give…
The Rockets’ pick-and-roll defense is apparently, uh, no pick-and-roll defense? At least Corey Brewer got in there and did a swipe. This isn’t as bad as that one time James Harden just sort of froze against the Knicks, but geez.
This summer, Blazers owner Paul Allen, a disgustingly rich man, donated $4 million to a research project aimed at reversing the rapid decline of coral reefs. According to the Cayman Islands’ Department of Environment, Allen’s yacht destroyed 14,000 square feet of coral reef two weeks ago. Way to go, Paul.
Oregon recently legalized weed, and the first stores catering to recreational users opened last October. You have to be 21 or older to buy, and they’re a tad restrictive on how much you can buy at one time, but it’s a rather relaxed experience. In Portland, you can get a pre-roll of decent quantity for about $7.50,…
The Portland Trail Blazers were losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 103-95 with just over three minutes left to play last night. The Blazers won the game 115-110, because Damian Lillard lost his mind.
Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum, who is scoring 21 points per game and having a fine year all around, was not on the active roster for last night’s game against the Clippers. McCollum wasn’t in street clothes because he was hurt or serving a suspension, but because his coach screwed up the lineup card.
It happened on New Year’s Eve, so most people missed this tremendous play from Portland’s Tim Frazier, who leapt out of bounds to save an airball and ended up being the front end of a Noah Vonleh alley-oop slam. It’s a play so impressive, even the visiting announcers from Utah had to respect it:
The Heat came back in the second half to beat the Blazers in today’s matchup between the two most geographically disparate teams in the NBA. Gerald Henderson threw down this slick dunk on rookie Justise Winslow in the second quarter.
Mason Plumlee put a shoulder into Jimmy Butler, and Butler stuck out his legs to trip Plumlee, but it was only Butler who got a technical. Now Butler wants Plumlee to pay his fine, and he knows exactly where to send the invoice.
After last night, it felt like we’d seen the last of the drama that this year’s NBA free-agency period had to offer. But then the Blazers went and signed Thunder center and restricted free agent Enes Kanter to a max offer sheet, which puts Oklahoma City’s front office in a position where they are sort of screwed no…
The Portland Trail Blazers have fired assistant coach Kim Hughes, a few days after Hughes told an Indiana TV station LaMarcus Aldridge wouldn’t be returning to the team, according to The Oregonian.
Last night while most people were sleeping, the Nets traded Mason Plumlee and 41st-overall pick Pat Connaughton to the Portland Trail Blazers for... Steve Blake and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. This is a bad trade.