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  1. Playoff Chase: We know all 16 teams going to dance, who dances with whom still up in air

    Apr 15, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Jeff Teague, George Hill, David West

    We know for sure the Pacers play the Hawks in the first round, and we know the Rockets and Blazers will meet. After that all the matchups are still up in the air.

  2. Klay Thompson three proves to be game winner (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Golden State and Portland are in the packed middle of the Western Conference playoff race, coming into the game the Warriors were the six seed, 2.5 games back of the Trail Blazers. Both teams needed a win and this game had a real playoff feel, with the Trail Blazers leading by 18 and the Warriors…

  3. Blazers’ Nicolas Batum suffers nasal contusion

    Mar 8, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers

    UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: Batum’s nose is not broken after all, according to an updated CSNNW.com report. It’s being called a nasal contusion, and it hasn’t yet been determined if it will require a protective mask. 4:30 p.m.: Well, we know he can’t wear a black mask to protect his face going forward. Portland’s starting swingman…

  4. Clippers hold off Trail Blazers for win… can these two meet in playoffs, please?

    Feb 13, 2014, 3:21 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    If the playoffs started today, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers would meet in the first round… please let that happened. Defense? Who needs it? We want Blake Griffin vs. LaMarcus Aldridge. We want dunks and threes. This matchup would just be entertaining. When these two teams first met the day after Christmas…

  5. Blazers’ reserve big man Joel Freeland out at least a month with sprained knee

    Feb 12, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    When it happened it looked like something worse. Portland reserve big man Joel Freeland was battling for rebounding position in the first quarter Tuesday night when it looks like Nicolas Batum is pushed back and his foot hits Freeland’s right knee, which buckled and gave way. You can see a gif of the injury here…

  6. The Extra Pass: Three players who are ready to start

    Feb 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Let’s take a look at three players who were in action Tuesday night who deserve starting jobs sooner rather than later. Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder Reggie Jackson has understandably received plenty of praise in Russell Westbrook‘s absence, but don’t sleep on Lamb’s emergence as a reliable scorer. With Thabo Sefolosha struggling to find his…

  7. LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West. But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches…

  8. Nuggets have no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge, fall to Trail Blazers

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    This is how a coaching adjustment can change a game. In the first half, Ty Lawson was getting into the lane and carving up the Trail Blazers — he had 13 points, nine assists and led Denver to 67 first half points. Portland was getting its offense from LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 14 points in…

  9. Breaking down the final couple minutes of Thunder win over Trail Blazers

    Jan 22, 2014, 1:31 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson LaMarcus Aldridge

    For much of the season, this is the kind of game the Portland Trail Blazers have won — every close game they seemed to be the team making the big shots, getting the big steals, they had the players who stepped up. That includes the last time Portland and Oklahoma City met — the Thunder…

  10. Nicolas Batum says he should be an All-Star

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    The starters for the All-Star game will be revealed Jan. 23 live on TNT, but the reserves are voted on by the coaches in each conference and we’ll have to wait at least another week to see how the complete rosters shake out. Since the fans vote in the starters, most of those positions have…

  11. Nicolas Batum finds Damian Lillard for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    I know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Nope. Not only does Damian Lillard go way up to catch the pass from Nicolas Batum for the alley-oop slam, but at first glance, this looks like it might have been a set play — immediately after Lillard gets around the screen up…

  12. Victor Oladipo with crazy block on Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum tries to answer (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Portland Trail Blazers

    Victor Oladipo is going to finish high up on the season-end Top 10 blocks highlight packages with that one. The Orlando Magic rookie skied to send back a dunk attempt by Damian Lillard. That was just a flat-out impressive athletic play. Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $400,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Friday night’s…

  13. Blazers’ Batum breaks middle finger on non-shooting hand, may not miss time

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    Nicolas Batum, the Trail Blazers’ swingman, has suffered a broken middle finger on his non-shooting left hand, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. However, he may not miss any time. The injury happened at the end of the Trail Blazers’ loss at home to the 76ers, on an inbounds play where Batum got a little tangled…

  14. Chris Bosh drains three to beat Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Dec 29, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    Sorry Blazers fans, but this is what your team has been doing to other fan bases all season long. Portland has hit a lot of big shots this season, this time it happened to them. Miami was down two with 7.7 seconds left after some Nicolas Batum free throws. Dwyane Wade got the inbounds pass…

  15. The Extra Pass: A big test for the Clippers; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Pressure reveals character, and the last minutes of the Clippers road matchup with Portland did just that. Down the stretch, both teams played perfectly to their strengths. The Blazers ran everything through LaMarcus Aldirdge (32 points) on the left block, surrounding him with three-point shooters and daring the Clippers to double. The Clippers, meanwhile, put the…

  16. Wesley Mathews thinks LaMarcus Aldridge is too unselfish, but is a big fan

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    Wesley Matthews is having a career year — he is scoring a career high 16.2 points a game, he is shooting 44.2 percent from three (39.8 percent last season had been a career high) and he is shooting a lot better inside the arc as well, with a true shooting percentage of 64.5 percent (career…

  17. LaMarcus Aldridge’s MVP-level season looks a lot like last season

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    How about these numbers: 21.1 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting (17.8 shots a game), 9.1 rebounds a night and with a PER of 20.4 as the undisputed leader of his team. That’s your newly minted early MVP candidate LaMarcus’ Aldridge’s numbers… from last season. This season he is scoring 23.6 points per game…

  18. The Extra Pass: Behind San Antonio’s hot start and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    At least in the standings, the San Antonio Spurs are as good as they’ve ever been. By walloping the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, San Antonio tied their franchise best for a start to the season. The Spurs are 13-1 now and winners of 11 straight games. What can you say? I ran out of…

  19. Monday night NBA Grades: Ty Lawson, LeBron James get top marks

    Nov 26, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    We know you might have missed some NBA action Monday night as you chased a flock of feral turkeys around New York City, so we bring you grades from the night to help you get caught up. Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets. Lawson spent the first half of this game deferring (J.J. Hickson had 12 points…

  20. Players around the league react to Derrick Rose’s injury

    Nov 23, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose waits for the start of a media interview at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois

    When Derrick Rose went down with an injury to his non-surgically repaired knee on Friday night in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, it sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. It’s not hyperbolic to say this could end up being one of the most important injuries in the history of the league, and the gravity…

  21. Derrick Rose leaves game with potentially serious knee injury (VIDEO)

    Nov 23, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    This is potentially bad news, not just for Bulls fans but also for fans of the game of basketball. With 3:20 left in the third quarter in Portland Friday night Derrick Rose made a back cut and Joakim Noah tried to hit him with a bounce pass, but Nicolas Batum defended it well, stole the…

  22. Trail Blazers headed toward same trouble as last season

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard

    I was the only member of this site’s staff to predict the Trail Blazers would make the playoffs. Now, Portland is 8-2, the NBA’s third-best record behind only the Spurs and Pacers. Time to gloat? Not quite. The Trail Blazers started 20-15 last season, heavily relying on their starting lineup. At that point of the…

  23. The Extra Pass: Motown’s meltdown and Sunday’s recaps

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    What’s going on with the Detroit Pistons? D.J. Foster breaks down the unexpected issues hampering the team early on this season. Video courtesy of My Synergy Sports, stats via NBA.com/stats.  Trail Blazers 118, Raptors 110 (OT): Portland is now 8-2 on the young season because their offense is lighting up opposing teams — and that…

  24. Rudy Gay forced OT with layup over Nicolas Batum (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Rudy Gay has had his struggles this season — he’s shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor and the team is -2.2 points per 48 minutes when the guy with the big salary is on the floor. All of which has led to trade rumors. Despite all that, what he brings to the table is…

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