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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Arron Afflalo Out 1-2 Weeks With Right Shoulder Strain

Apr 10, 2015 7:16 PM

Arron Afflalo will miss one to two weeks after picking up a right shoulder strain.

The Portland Trail Blazers previously lost Wesley Matthews for the season.

Afflalo was acquired by the Blazers at the deadline from the Denver Nuggets.

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Batum Glad Blazers Matched Three Years After Signing Offer Sheet With Wolves

Apr 9, 2015 1:49 PM

Nicolas Batum admitted he occasionally plays the what-if game in regards to the four-year, $45 million offer sheet he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was subsequently matched by the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I've thought about it, but the thing is, we will never know,'' Batum said. "Maybe it would have worked out well and (Minnesota) would have been a good team. Maybe not. You just never know. The thing is, I'm glad (Portland) matched because we are doing good since we matched.''


The Blazers played the Wolves on Wednesday as the team he nearly joined misses the playoffs yet again.

Batum said his desire to leave had nothing to do with Portland the city, or its fans, but rather the direction of the franchise.

The Blazers had just drafted Damian Lillard and he helped turn around the franchise.

"When I signed with Minnesota, Portland had three guys under contract,'' Batum said. "We had drafted Dame, but I didn't know him. Knew he was from a small school, but didn't know him. And didn't know the system we would play because hadn't signed Terry (Stotts) yet ... and we just had a bad season.''

Batum was sold by the opportunity to play for Rick Adelman.

"He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.''

The Blazers are again a playoff team this season.

"We can imagine what it would have been like, and people say, yeah the injuries and everything, but who knows, maybe it would have been different?'' Batum said. "The thing is, they matched, and after that they signed Terry, got Rolo, Dame became Dame, and bang - we are a 50-win team. I am very happy.''

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Dorell Wright Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand

Apr 4, 2015 2:47 AM

Dorell Wright is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a fracture in his left hand, the Portland Trail Blazers announced Friday.

Wright is averaging 4.6 points per game this season.

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Dorrell Wright Fractures Fourth Metacarpal Bone In Hand

Apr 2, 2015 1:29 AM

Dorell Wright sustained a fracture of his 4th metacarpal bone in his left hand on Wednesday night the Portland Trail Blazers announced. 

Wright's status is TBD.

The Blazers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at home.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season

Mar 30, 2015 5:16 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers will sign Tim Frazier to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Frazier was just named D-League Player of the Week.

The Blazers need depth in the backcourt with Wesley Matthews out for the season.

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Joel Freeland, Shawne Williams Suspended One Game For Headbutt

Mar 14, 2015 4:48 PM

Joel Freeland and Shawne Williams were suspended one game for head butting each other, the NBA announced on Saturday.

The incident took place in the Detroit Pistons' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

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Ray Allen Not Reconsidering Decision Following Call From Blazers

Mar 7, 2015 12:15 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers reached out to Ray Allen following the season-ending injury to Wesley Matthews.

Allen announced this week that he would not play this season and that he would reconsider his options before the 15-16 season.

The Blazers will press on Arron Afflalo, CJ McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee to replace Matthews' minutes.

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Wesley Matthews Out For Season With Torn Achilles

Mar 6, 2015 1:22 AM

Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Matthews was injured in the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers' win on Thursday over the Dallas Mavericks.

Matthews crumpled to the floor upon making a move to the basket. He had a streak of 250 consecutive games played end on Dec. 10, 2012, only to start a second streak of 142 games that will end now.

The Blazers made a deadline deal for Arron Afflalo, who will move to the starting lineup.

Matthews will be a free agent this offseason.


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Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week

Mar 2, 2015 3:34 PM

Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics at the deadline.

In wins over San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Sacramento, Lillard averaged 26.0 points (49.1% FG, 50% 3-PT, 93.3% FT), 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. 

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Blazers Acquire Arron Afflalo From Nuggets
The Nuggets will acquire Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, a lottery protected first rounder and a second rounder from the Blazers for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.

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Nuggets Seek Multiple Picks For Both Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are seeking two first rounders for Wilson Chandler and a first and second round pick for Arron Afflalo.

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Jerome Kersey Passes Away At 52
Jerome Kersey was a key member of two Blazers' teams that reached the Finals.

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Clippers, Blazers Interested In Tayshaun Prince If Bought Out
Tayshaun Prince is unlikely to be traded by the Celtics before the deadline.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Damian Lillard Replaces Blake Griffin In All-Star Game
Damian Lillard has replaced Blake Griffin on the Western Conference All-Star team, the NBA announced on Sunday.

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Damian Lillard Not Defending Back-To-Back Titles In Skills Challenge
Damian Lillard has decided not to defend his reigning two-time championship in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, a league source told RealGM.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery
LaMarcus Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out 6-8 Weeks With Ligament Tear In Left Thumb
LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb that will require surgery.

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LaMarcus Aldridge's Thumb In Cast As He Awaits More Tests
An MRI conducted on LaMarcus Aldridge was inconclusive.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Suffers Hand Injury, Will Be Further Evaluated Tuesday
X-rays of LaMarcus Aldridge's left hand injury are negative.

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Blazers Finalize Three-Year Extension With Neil Olshey
Neil Olshey started as the Blazers' GM in 2012.

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Blazers Interested In Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Blazers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mike Budenholzer, Terry Stotts Named NBA Coaches Of December
Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks and Terry Stotts of the Blazers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for December.

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Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week
Al Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 15-Dec. 21.

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Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Robin Lopez sustained the hand injury in the Trail Blazers' win over the Spurs on Monday.

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Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews
The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

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Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand
Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

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