5-19-14: 5-19-14: The San Antonio Spurs took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series with a 118-103 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday in Portland. However, the Trail Blazers bounced back in Game 4. Although Mo Williams sat out that contest, Portland was able to stave off elimination. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 25 points and Nicolas Batum led all players that evening with 14 rebounds, as the Blazers defeated the Spurs, 103-92. Batum also chipped in with a game-high eight assists in Game 4, but his strong performance in Game 5 was not enough to help the Blazers bring the series back to Portland.
5-12-14: The Trail Blazers finished their first-round series with a huge shot, but the team unfortunately has not had the opportunity to attempt any of those in the second round. Portland has dropped its first two games against the San Antonio Spurs and is not looking like it will be able to have a chance in the series. The Spurs are just too dominant, but there are quite a few veterans on their roster. The Blazers have a bright future because their squad is full of young players. Damian Lillard is one of those players and his buzzer-beating 3-pointer won the first round for the Blazers.
5-5-14: The Trail Blazers could not close out the series on the road, but the team is still in the driver’s seat. After losing their first game of the series on Friday, the Blazers bounced back to win Game 4 two days later. Both of those contests went to overtime, but LaMarcus Aldridge’s game-high 29 points on Sunday led Portland to the 123-120 overtime victory. Nicolas Batum also chipped in 25 points that night. Unfortunately, the Blazers could not make it back-to-back wins. Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 27 points at the Toyota Center in Game 5, but the Rockets won, 108-98.
4-28-14: The Trail Blazers were on their way to losing Game 1, but Terry Stotts decided to intentionally foul Dwight Howard. The plan worked as Howard missed quite a few free throws, and LaMarcus Aldridge set a new franchise record for points in a playoff game with 46. Damian Lillard chipped in 31 points as well in the 122-120 overtime victory in Houston. The Blazers then took a 2-0 lead against the Rockets behind another stellar performance from Aldridge. He was very efficient again as he led all players with 43 points that night. Lillard dished off a game-high 11 assists as well.
4-21-14: The Trail Blazers had a fantastic April, as they finished with the Western Conference’s best record in that month. Although Portland had a sluggish second half of the season, when LaMarcus Aldridge returned from his back injury, the Blazers played a lot better. They are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and they take on the Houston Rockets in the first round. As the best overall corner 3-point team in the NBA, the Blazers will hope to continue their success in those areas on the floor in the playoffs. Wesley Matthews finished in the top five in made corner 3-pointers this past season.
4-16-14: Portland Trail Blazers playoff tickets average $161 on the secondary market, which is 7th in the western conference and 13th overall. The regular season average was $139, meaning there is a 15% premium for Blazers playoff tickets. The Blazers are currently the 5th seed in the West and will face the Houston Rockets in the opening round.
4-7-14: The return of LaMarcus Aldridge is making opponents afraid of the Trail Blazers as the playoffs near. The Blazers won all three of their games this past week to move 22 games above .500. On Friday, Mo Williams came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points in Portland’s 91-74 victory over the Bulls in Chicago. Aldridge led all scorers with 28 points in the Blazers’ seven-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies two days later. Then, on Tuesday, Damian Lillard put up 34 points along with eight assists and LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 15 rebounds in the Blazers’ 124-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
4-1-14: LaMarcus Aldridge cannot be injured anymore this season if the Trail Blazers want to win. They dropped each of the three games without him this week. Portland began a five-game road trip in Charlotte on Saturday. The Blazers dropped that game to the Bobcats by 30 points. They then lost to the Miami Heat by two points and to the Orlando Magic by 10 points. In Orlando, Robin Lopez’s 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds were the bright spot of the night. LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a seven-game absence on Thursday to put up game-highs in points and rebounds en route to the Blazers’ 100-85 victory.
3-24-14: Even without LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers bounced back this past week and posted a 3-1 record. They traveled to New Orleans for Friday’s contest against the Pelicans. Portland defeated New Orleans by eight points to move to 20 games above .500. The Blazers then returned home for a three-game homestand. They dropped Sunday’s game to the Golden State Warriors by one point, but then beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday and the Washington Wizards on Thursday. Wesley Matthews was the game-high scorer in both of those games. He scored 26 points on Tuesday and put up 28 points on Thursday.
3-17-14: The Trail Blazers had a diffi
cult week on the road. They played four projected playoff teams from the Western Conference and lost all four games. On Friday, Sunday and Wednesday, Portland played in Texas. The team fell by five points each to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. The Blazers then traveled to Tennessee on Tuesday. Damian Lillard’s game-high 32 points were not enough as Portland lost, 109-99, to the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, the news was even worse on Wednesday. Not only did the Blazers lose by 13 points in San Antonio, but LaMarcus Aldridge also suffered a back injury, and he will miss the next two games.
3-10-14: The Trail Blazers finished their four-game homestand with a 3-1 record. They won two of their three contests this past week to move to 23 games above .500. On Saturday, Nicolas Batum grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and helped the Blazers to their fifth consecutive win. Then on Monday, Portland suffered a frustrating loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. With just 6.9 seconds remaining, Kent Bazemore’s lob to Wesley Johnson beat the Blazers. In spite of LaMarcus Aldridge’s 1-of-13 shooting on Wednesday, Portland was able to blow out the Atlanta Hawks, 102-78. In that contest, Batum set another new career-high in rebounds, as he brought down 18 boards.
3-3-14: The Blazers won their 5th straight in a 102-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday Night. All star LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds after missing the previous five games rehabbing from a groin strain. The Blazers currently hold a 1 game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers for the 3rd seed in the Western Conference.
3-2-14: Now, this is what Trail Blazers fans like to see. Not only did coach Terry Stotts wear a leisure suit to honor Dr. Jack Ramsay’s 89th birthday in Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz, but the Blazers are also playing fantastic basketball lately. They won all four of their games this past week, and they impressively accomplished that feat without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge. Damian Lillard filled in valiantly for the Blazers. He posted game-highs in each of the first three games of the week as his team defeated the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Then, when playing on the second night of a back-to-back set, the Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets by a whopping 44 points.
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive remaining Portland Trail Blazers tickets are: March 16th vs the Golden State Warriors, March 3rd vs the Los Angeles Lakers, April 16th vs the Los Angeles Clippers, April 13th vs the Golden State Warriors, and April 4th vs the Phoenix Suns. The Blazers will tip off with the Denver Nuggets tomorrow night at the Moda Center.
2-27-14: The Blazers put the smackdown on the Nets last night with a 44-point victory at the Moda Center. No Net scored more than 12 points while the Blazers saw players score in double digits off the bench alone. The dominating victory included doubling up Brooklyn 42 to 21 in the 4th quarter.
2-26-14: The Blazers will look to make it 4 in a row as they host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Nets have recently made headlines with their signing of Center Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player. Collins was scoreless in ten minutes of action during his first game against the Lakers.
2-25-14: Former Blazer point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. The weapons were turned in to authorities by Felton's wife as the couple undergo a divorce. Felton averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 assists per game while with the Blazers during the 2011-2012 season.
2-24-14: Damian Lillard had a very busy All-Star weekend, as he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge, the skills challenge, the 3-Point Shootout, the dunk contest and the All-Star game. Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge both came off the bench for the Western Conference All-Star team. While it was an enjoyable weekend for Trail Blazers fans, they were not happy to see that Aldridge is out for a week because of a left groin strain. Without their leading scorer, the Blazers almost defeated the San Antonio Spurs. Lillard scored a game-high 31 points, but that was not enough.
2-18-14: The Trail Blazers have recently fallen in the Western Conference standings, and this week did not help their playoff position. They dropped three of their four games, and Portland fans now hope that the Blazers can regain themselves after some time off. However, the team’s top players will be busy during All-Star weekend. Damian Lillard is the first player ever to compete in three events on All-Star Saturday. In addition, he will take part in the Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star game. LaMarcus Aldridge, who is making his third straight appearance in the All-Star game, has been a scoring machine recently. His best performance of the week came on Saturday at Minnesota when his game-high 26 points led the Blazers to a seven-point victory.
2-10-14: After losing two games in the entire month of November, the Trail Blazers dropped four contests in December. Then, they fell back to earth with six losses in January. Damian Lillard was determined to not let the trend continue in February, as he guided Portland to a 2-1 record to start the month. On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors mounted a comeback, but Lillard hit a six-footer with just 11 seconds remaining to give the Blazers the lead for good. Although they fell in Washington on Monday, the Blazers bounced back to beat the New York Knicks two days later and move to 35-14.
2-4-14: Although the Trail Blazers have multiple all-star selections in the same year for the first time in two decades, wins have been hard to come by recently for Portland. Terry Stotts’ squad has fallen back to earth as the team’s schedule has included more Western Conference opponents. This past week ended a stretch of eight games in which the Blazers had to face difficult teams from their own conference. After beginning the season 29-9, they went 4-4 in that span. However, with their win on Saturday against the Timberwolves, the Blazers now have matched their 2012-13 win total. Although Portland fell to the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest of the Blazers will look to get that elusive 34th win soon.
1-27-14: The Trail Blazers had busy week, as they went on a four-game road trip and then returned home to play a fifth contest. First, they went to the Texas Triangle and almost swept all three teams. On Friday, the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 109-100, to stop the Spurs’ six-game winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge’s team-high 26 points and game-high 13 rebounds led the way that night for Portland. Then, Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez all registered double-doubles as the Blazers dominated the Dallas Mavericks. However, even with a 20-20 game from Aldridge on Monday, the Blazers fell to the Houston Rockets. Tuesday’s game was tough as well: Portland did not do enough to stop Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aldridge did help his team bounce back on Thursday, as he scored a career-high 44 points, including Portland’s last 15 points of the game, to get the Blazers just one win shy of last season’s total.
1-20-14: LaMarcus Aldridge is well on his way to his third consecutive All-Star game appearance. He has averaged more than 28 points and 12 rebounds over the last five contests. Although the Trail Blazers dropped games to the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings, he helped them bounce back with three straight victories. On Wednesday, Aldridge hit his first 3-pointer of the season en route to his game-high 32 points. Portland defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-96, that night and moved to 29-9 for the first time in 15 years. The Blazers now head to Texas and Oklahoma for a four-game road trip, so they definitely will be put to the test.
1-7-14: The Trail Blazers had quite a few difficult games this past week, as they pushed through and finished with a 2-2 record. They lost extremely close games to the Miami Heat at home and to the Pelicans in New Orleans. Portland quickly bounced back as they traveled to Oklahoma City the next day and made a double-digit comeback to beat the Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge’s team-high 25 points and 14 rebounds led the way for the Blazers that night, and they have now taken two straight from the Thunder after losing the seven previous meetings. Portland then returned home to win by 30 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.
12-30-13: The Trail Blazers had two home games against two difficult Western Conference opponents, but they emerged victorious in both contests. On Saturday, they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-107. Each member of the Portland starting lineup scored more than 10 points, including Damian Lillard, who put up a game-high 29 points. Then on Thursday, LaMarcus Aldridge played even after having oral surgery and recorded his 17th double-double of the season in Portland’s overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. With a 24-5 record, the Trail Blazers have their third-best start in franchise history and their best one since 1990.
12-22-13: The Trail Blazers went on a four-game road trip this past week and finished with a solid 3-1 record. They first set a new franchise record with 21 made 3-pointers en route to destroying the Philadelphia 76ers by 34 points on Saturday. Then the following night, Damian Lillard hit the game-winning shot with one-tenth of a second left in overtime to beat the Detroit Pistons. On Tuesday, Lillard did it again as he made a deep 3-pointer with only 0.4 seconds remaining to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although the Blazers lost on the following night in Minnesota, Lillard still scored a game-high 36 points as he has established himself as one of the best point guards in the league.
12-13-13: The Trail Blazers continue to be by far the best offensive team in the NBA. No team is close to being as efficient as Portland has been this season at scoring the basketball. The Blazers especially showed their prowess on the offensive end of the floor on Friday against the Utah Jazz. They scored a season-high 130 points in that victory and had arguably the best 3-point shooting night in NBA history. Although Portland fell to the Dallas Mavericks the following night, Monta Ellis had to hit a buzzer-beater to steal the win. The Blazers then rebounded with victories over the Jazz in Utah and the Rockets in Portland.
12-7-13: The surprise team of the NBA has been by far the Trail Blazers, who are the best of the Western Conference. They brought back four starters from last year and acquired Robin Lopez to make up one of the league’s best starting lineups. Portland began the season 2-2, but the team’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday was the Trail Blazers’ 14th in their last 15 games. LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been one of the league’s best scorers over the last few years, averaged a whopping 31 points over the last week en route to a 3-0 record for Portland.
11-28-13: You know who is really fun to watch? The Suns. And Goran Dragic. And Eric Bledsoe. FUN! The Phoenix Suns have won three of their last four games – all without Bledsoe who has missed five straight- to improve to 8-7 on the year. The Suns beat a very good Portland Trail Blazers team on Wednesday night 120-106 behind 31 points and 10 assists from Goran Dragic and 25 points from the rejuvenated Channing Frye. The Suns may not be able to sustain the winning over the course of the long season, but once Bledsoe returns and he teams up with Dragic in the backcourt, it will certainly remain fun to watch.
11-22-13: The surprise team of the 2013-2014 season so far just keeps winning. The Portland Trail Blazers are sitting on an eight-game winning streak and a 10-2 record that has them holding the third best record in the league. While the only team they’ve beaten with a winning record is the San Antonio Spurs, you still have to give this team credit for picking up W’s – including the last four all on the road. Portland is sporting an Offensive Rating that is the third best in the league and is getting balanced scoring, with five players averaging in double figures (Aldridge – 22.5, Lillard – 19.9, Matthews – 15.9, Batum – 13, Williams - 10.1).
11-15-13: Not many expected Portland to be a real player out west this season, but through three weeks, here they are at 6-2. LaMarcus Aldridge has turned into a dominant scorer and has paced the Blazers on the glass, while Damian Lillard has done his part by controlling the offense at a high level. The schedule hasn’t been overly difficult, but the Blazers have people talking with four straight wins.
11-8-13: The Blazers have been a bit of a mixed bag through four weeks, but despite major questions about their long-term consistency at center, they’re still 2-2 and look to have enough talent to make a run at the playoffs in 2013. A lot will rest on star point guard Damian Lillard, but with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge playing the best offensive ball of his career early, the Blazers definitely have a chance to be in the mix.
11-1-13: The Trail Blazers had an interesting offseason, in which they signed Mo Williams and acquired Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson via trade. Reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, who played the most minutes of any player last season in the NBA, will lead this team again in 2013-14. Lillard’s enjoyable style of play makes him a must watch every night he is on the court. Also in his second season in Portland, coach Terry Stotts hopes to stop his team’s two-season streak of missing the playoffs. Both Lopez and Lillard had strong showings in the preseason as they look to make an impact on the Western Conference this season.
10-21-13: The Portland Trail Blazers are 4-2 through their six preseason games. After losing the first two games to the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns, Portland won four in a row against the Jazz twice, the Clippers and the Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard was the Blazers’ leading scorer in five of those six games. He had a preseason high 28 points in the most recent win against Sacramento and is averaging 20.2 points per game through the preseason. Portland only has one preseason game remaining:
8-23-13: A season removed from being a fringe playoff contender, the Portland Trail Blazers may have just added the depth they needed to push them over the edge. A historically bad bench last season kept Portland’s starters playing big minutes and leads evaporating when they’d finally rest. Former All-Star Mo Williams was brought in to back up and mentor Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard and Portland traded for big men Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson to provide the bulk they were missing last year with J.J. Hickson. Combo guard C.J. McCollum was drafted 10th overall and will provide scoring punch off the bench.
Portland will open their home season schedule on Saturday, November 2nd against the defending Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs. The Houston Rockets visit the PDX the next home game on November 5th as well as Thursday, December 12th. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come to town on Wednesday, December 4th and again on Tuesday, February 11th. The defending champion Miami Heat will make their sole Portland appearance on Saturday, December 28th.
Key Home Games:
- November 2nd – San Antonio Spurs
- November 22nd – Chicago Bulls
- November 25th – New York Knicks
- December 26th – L.A. Clippers
- December 28th – Miami Heat
8-7-13: The Blazers will sign free agent
point guard Mo Williams will to a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
7-1-13: The Portland Trail Blazers selected C.J. McCollum out of the mid-major school Lehigh. McCollum is a talented combo guard with good size at 6-3 197 pounds. He is 21 years old and played all four years of college ball. C.J. averaged almost 24 points per game in his senior year, leading his team to an NCAA tournament berth. He will fit nicely backing up Damien Lillard in Portland and they should be able to make a push for the playoffs. Last year Portland only won 33 games and finished 11th in the Western conference. McCollum is a proven scorer and a great shooter; he shot the 3 at a 51% clip in his senior season which is remarkable. He also has the ability to slash to the basket and draw fouls shooting 6.1 free throws per game last year. The Blazers had an average ticket price of $78 for home games last year. If they can make a push in the west and make the playoffs, that number will surely rise.
Trail Blazers 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 10: PG C.J. McCollum, Lehigh.
Round 2, Pick 9: C Jeff Withey, Kansas. Round 2, Pick 10: PF Grant Jarrett, Arizona. Round 2, Pick 15: C Marko Todorovic, Spain.
6-12-13: Despite a poor 33-win season and no playoff berth, the Blazers have a very bright spot in rookie point guard Damien Lillard. Last month, Lillard was awarded the Rookie of The year award for his accomplishments. Averaging 19 points and over 6 assists per game, Lillard made an immediate impact that surprised many. Evidently the Blazers were not surprised at all, because they drafted him 6th overall in last year’s first round. As he begins to gel more with teammates such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum look for the Blazers to once again start a long streak of playoff appearances for their loyal fans. Winning is never easy in the West, so head coach Terry Stotts and his players will have their work cut out for them.
2-20-13: The Portland Trailblazers are currently out of the playoff picture. They have gotten great play from their rookie point guard, Damien Lillard, but it hasn’t been enough. At 25-29 they are losers of 6 in a row and sit in the 9th spot out West. The Blazers however have protected their home court nicely winning 17 out of 26 games at the Rose Garden. The Blazers face the Lakers in LA and the Celtics at home as their next two games approach. A serious push will need to be made in the next 2 weeks if the Blazers want to enter the post season. With the all-star break in the rear view, the Western Conference will shut it’s doors quickly.
1-26-12: Coming off a disappointing 4th quarter collapse in Brooklyn, the Blazers are still trying to find their niche. With decent talent up and down the roster the Blazers should look to improve on their 6-7 record and make a playoff push. Games against the Pistons and Wizards should help their cuase and push them over the .500 mark. The Blazers opened the season with an impressive win against the Lakers but then proceeded to lose 5 of the next 6 games.