12-15-14: The Portland Trail Blazers have started the 2014/2015 season with one of the best records in all of the Western Conference posting a very impressive 15-4 record to start the campaign. The Trail Blazers started this week by traveling to New York and Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony’s struggling New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks shot 52% from the field which had the team thinking positive about ending their extended losing streak. The Blazers had other plans though as the team dominated the rebounding department, the free throw line and three point land. LeMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 24 points while Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 but in the end Portland was too much for New York. The Trail Blazers went on to beat the Knicks by the final score of 103-99. The Blazers looked to keep up with their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Trail Blazers held Detroit to just 35% shooting from the field in a cold night of shooting for the Pistons. Detroit scored no more than 24 points in a quarter and was led by 22 points from Greg Monroe. In the end Portland and LeMarcus Aldridge were too much for the Pistons as the Trail Blazers beat Detroit by the score of 98-86. The Blazers finished their week off by traveling out on the road to Minnesota to face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Timberwolves put some distance between them and Portland on the free throw line as Minnesota knocked down 15 more shots from the charity stripe then the Blazers did. Portland made up that deficit and kept the game close from beyond the arc as the team shot 10-35 from beyond the arc while Minnesota managed just one three point shot. Minnesota grabbed 18 more rebounds than the Trail Blazers in the contest and used the extra opportunities to get fouled, go to the line and win the contest by the score of 90-82. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-5. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to face off with the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers before returning home to Portland to host the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks.
12-5-14: The Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference through the first five weeks of the season as the team has posted a 12-3 record. The Trail Blazers started this week by heading back home the night after the Thanksgiving holiday to play host to the red hot Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest the Blazers had no answer for the Grizzlies hot shooting hand as Memphis finished the contest with a staggering 54% shooting percentage. Marc Gasol led the way for Memphis scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists as the Grizzlies center narrowly missed a triple-double. Wesley Matthews matched Gasol’s 26 points for the Blazers but his supporting cast was not up to task as Portland fell to Memphis in this contest by the score of 112-99. Portland looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled back home to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Wolves jumped all over the Blazers in the first quarter only to give it right back with a 14 point second quarter to limp into halftime trailing by 10 points. Minnesota did not recover from that second quarter blunder as Shabazz Muhammad’s 28 point night was not enough in a 107-93 loss to the Trail Blazers. Portland was led by 26 points and 15 rebounds from LeMarcus Aldridge and 23 points from Wesley Matthews in the victory over the Wolves. The Trail Blazers looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to Denver to play a road game against the Denver Nuggets. During the contest LeMarcus Aldridge absolutely went off for the Blazers scoring a game high 39 points while collecting a game high 11 rebounds leaving the Nuggets scratching their heads on how to stop the Portland forward. Aldridge took a staggering 30 shots knocking down 16 of them as the Blazers went on to beat the Nuggets by the score of 105-103. Denver’s offensive attack was led by Ty Lawson’s 24 point night but it was not enough as the team could not stop nor outscore Aldridge in the contest. Portland finished their week off back at the Moda Center playing host to the Indiana Pacers in a home game. During the contest the Pacers came out of the gate sluggish and not shooting well from the field as the team finished with just 33 points in the first half. The Blazers took full advantage of this slow start and used it to stave off a second half comeback from Indiana even though Portland was not firing on all cylinders either. Portland was led by 23 points from Damian Lillard as the Trail Blazers ended the week on a high note beating the Pacers by the score of 88-82. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-4. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to face off with the New York Knicks, the Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
11-28-14: The Portland Trail Blazers have had one of the best starts to the 2014/2015 season as the team has posted an impressive 8-3 record in the new campaign. The Trail Blazers started this week by traveling back home to Moda Center to host the Chicago Bulls in a big showdown between two strong teams. The Blazers played all 15 of their players and had five players score in double digits while 14 of their players scored at least one bucket in the contest. The Bulls had no answer in the contest while the team shot just 36% from the field and 36% from three point land as the Trail Blazers took down the Bulls by the score of 105-87. In the Trail Blazers next contest the team traveled to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics in a road game. In the contest Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger scores 19 points each for the Celtics but the team struggled as a whole from the field on the night. Boston finished the game with just a 39% shooting percentage and a 22% shooting percentage from three point land in a 94-88 loss to the Trail Blazers. Portland was led by 20 points and 14 points from LeMarcus Aldridge as the Trail Blazers completed a second half comeback in the victory. Portland looked to take that momentum and start a winning streak in their next contest when the team traveled to Philadelphia to take on the winless Philadelphia 76ers. In the contest Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while Henry Sims added 22 points for the 76ers. It was not enough though as LeMarcus Aldridge was unstoppable in the game scoring 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while Wesley Matthews added 17 points in a 114-104 victory for Portland. Portland looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest as the team traveled to Charlotte to take on the Charlotte Hornets before Thanksgiving. During the contest Brian Roberts had a career night for the Hornets scoring 24 points while star Al Jefferson added 21 points and 14 rebounds as Charlotte shot 44% from the field as a team. Portland ruined Roberts’ career night by exploding in the third quarter and completing a second half comeback to win the game by the score of 105-97. In the contest Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 28 points while Damian Lillard added 22 points in the victory for Portland. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-3. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team travels back home to host the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves before setting out on the road to face off with the Denver Nuggets. Portland will then finish their week off by coming back to Moda Center to host the Indiana Pacers.
11-21-14: The Portland Trail Blazers have had one of the better starts to the 2014/2015 season as the team has
posted a 6-3 record to start the new campaign. The Trail Blazers started this week by heading back
home to Portland to host the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn took 19 shots from beyond the three point line in
the contest and only knocked down one of them as the Nets shot just 5% from three point land.
Meanwhile the Trail Blazers knocked down 11 of their 26 attempts from beyond the three point mark as
Portland took down the Nets by the score of 97-87.The Trail Blazers stayed in Portland for their next
contest as the team hosted the New Orleans Pelicans to finish out what was a short week. In the contest
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis led all scorers with 31 points and 11 rebounds as the Pelicans took
a lead with them into the fourth quarter. The Blazers had an offensive explosion in the fourth quarter
posting 34 points while holding New Orleans to just 13 points as Portland went on to win the game by
the score of 102-93. The Trail Blazers were led by 24 points from Damian Lillard and 22 points from
LeMarcus Aldridge in the victory for Portland. When the week was all said and done the team finished
with an overall record of 8-3. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team travels back home
to host the Chicago Bulls before traveling out on the road to face off with the Boston Celtics, the
Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets.
11-14-14: The Portland Trail Blazers had a good start to their 2014/2015 campaign last week as the team posted a 3-2 record heading into the second week of the new season. The Trail Blazers started this week by traveling to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a road game. In the contest the Trail Blazers Damian Lillard, LeMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez did the bulk of the scoring for Portland combing for 65 of the team’s 102 points on the night. The Clippers JJ Redick led all scorers with 30 points while Blake Griffin added 23 points and Chris Paul added 22 points as Los Angeles edges the Trail Blazers by the score of 106-102. The next night the Blazers tried to avenge their loss to the Clippers when the team headed home to host the Denver Nuggets at home. In the contest LeMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 28 points while Wesley Matthews added 21 points as Portland routed the Nuggets by the score of 116-100. Kenneth Faried scored 19 points in the contest to lead all Denver players but it wasn’t enough as the team shot just 40% from the field in this contest. Aldridge and the Trail Blazers looked to keep their momentum swinging in the right direction in their next contest when they welcomed the Charlotte Hornets at home in the Moda Center. In the game the Hornets were led by 22 points from Al Jefferson as the team took a comfortable lead with them into the fourth quarter. The Trail Blazers exploded in the fourth quarter behind Damian Lillard and LeMarcus Aldridge as Portland outscored the Hornets 27-15 in the final quarter to win the game by the score of 102-100. Portland finished the week by traveling to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets. In the contest Portland shot 51% from the field and 49% from beyond the arc in a blowout victory over the Nuggets. Denver went cold in the contest shooting just 43% from the field and 35% from the three point line in a 130-113 victory for the Trail Blazers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-3. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team hosts the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans at home before the Moda Center hosts a Justin Timberlake concert on Thursday, November 20.
11-7-14: The Portland Trail Blazers started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting the Kevin Durant-less
Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that Portland dominated to start their season 1-0. With the
2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Trail Blazers headed to Sacramento to take on the Kings
on the road. In the game Sacramento’s Rudy Gay had his way with the Portland defense as the forward
torched the Trail Blazers for 40 points and 8 rebounds on 13-19 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22
points for Portland while Damian Lillard added 20 points but it was not enough as the Kings went on to
win the contest by the score of 103-94. After the loss Portland traveled back home to host the Golden
State Warriors looking to avoid a losing streak. Golden State was led by 29 points from Klay Thompson
and 21 points from Stephen Curry as the Warriors went on to win the contest by 95-90. Portland was led
by 26 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in the contest but it wasn’t enough as the Trail Blazers only shot
64% from the free throw line in the game and 40% from the field in the loss. Portland stayed home to
host the Cleveland Cavaliers as the team hoped to end their two game losing streak. In the contest
Portland’s defense held LeBron James to just 11 points in the contest and Kevin Love to just 22 points as
only three members of Cleveland were able to score in double digits. Cleveland shot 37% from the field
on the night including Kyrie Irving shooting just 3-17 from the field. Portland was led by Damon Lillard’s
27 points and Wesley Matthew’s 21 points as the Trail Blazers went on to win the game by the score of
101-82. The Trail Blazers finished their schedule up by traveling to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks
on the road. In the game Portland was led by 20 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 18 points from
Damian Lillard in a 108-87 victory for the Trail Blazers. Portland held Dirk Nowitzki to just 17 points and
the rest of the Mavericks to just 37% shooting in the victory. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 3-2. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team
travels to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on the road. Portland will then travel home for
a pair of home games against the Denver Nuggets and the Charlotte Hornets before heading back out on
the road to play the Denver Nuggets.
10-31-14: The Portland Trail Blazers tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Oklahoma City Thunder at home in their home opener after posting a 4-3 record in the preseason. Portland trimmed their roster to the 15 player maximum before the season tipped off by waiving Diante Garrett and Darius Morris while also declining an extension offer with Thomas Robinson. Robinson could still return to Portland after the season, and spoke with reporters this week expressing an interest to return to the Trail Blazers, since Portland only has $17.4 million in commitments for next season. The newly trimmed Trail Blazers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder and LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews made quick work of OKC with a 106-89 victory. Aldridge led all Portland scorers with 27 points while Matthews chipped in 22 points. Okalhoma City’s scoring attack was led by Russell Westbrook’s 38 points but only two other Thunder players scored in double digits in the loss. Get your Trail Blazers tickets for next week as the team travels to Sacramento to take on the Kings before hosting three home games against the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Dallas Mavericks.
10-29-14: Damian Lillard quickly became a household name during the Trail Blazers’ playoff run last season. His team would ultimately fall to the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, but the Blazers’ 54-win season has restored a sense of success back in Portland. The average price for Trail Blazers tickets on the secondary market this season is $109.27, a drop of 20.6% from last season’s average of $137.68. Despite the decrease in season average, the Blazers are again poised to compete with the Thunder in the Northwest division all season long.
10-24-14: Under the direction of point guard Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers led an impressive run into the Conference Semifinals against Spurs. The Trail Blazers finished with a 54-28 record last season and solidified themselves as one of the NBA’s premiere up-and-coming teams. They own a 3-3 record in the preseason.
10-15-14: The Portland Trailblazers begun their preseason on Oct 7 with a 92-73 loss to the Utah Jazz, followed by another loss to Utah on Oct 9, but are coming off a 119-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their last outing. Next up on the Portland Trailblazers preseason schedule is a meeting with Maccabi Haifa this Friday at the Moda Center, followed by three more remaining preseason games with the Nuggets, Lakers, and Clippers before kicking off their regular season on Oct 29 against the OKC Thunder.
10-8-14: The Portland Trailblazers kicked off their preseason last night with a loss to the Utah Jazz as Portalnd will get another crack at the Jazz tomorrow night at the Moda Center, followed by a October 12th meeting with the LA Clippers at home, with remaining preseason games with the Maccabi Haifa, Nuggets, Lakers, and Clippers to finish out their preseason schedule. The Trailblazers had a successful year last season and look to be more of threat this season in the loaded Western Conference.
9-22-14: The Blazers after reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time in fourteen years are returning with their same effective starting five from last year. Their bench production was an issue last year and the Blazers did little to fix that. Losing Mo Williams to Minnesota was huge while they did pick up Steve Blake he is now 34 and has had issues staying healthy in the past. They picked up Chris Kamen to be the backup center behind Robin Lopez. A nice addition, Kamen averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds last season with the Lakers in only 18 minutes per game. The question remains if this team can make it back to the semi-finals and beyond.
8-13-14: The Portland Trailblazers had a good year last season reaching the second round in the playoffs and come into this season with the same core of guys but with some added veteran talent with the addition of Steve Blake who had a productive season with the Lakers and added Chris Kaman for two years at around 4.9 million but didn’t have any drafts this year. The Blazers will be in the hunt but not a team that looks like it can go even further in the NBA playoffs this season.
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.