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Damian Lillard Can't Beat Golden State's Defense By Himself

by Michael Pina

May 2, 2016 11:32 AM

By creating open shots (and hopefully knocking them down by loading up with their best shooters), the Blazers at least give themselves a tiny chance to make this series mildly competitive. Read more »

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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How Neil Olshey Has Found And Developed The Type Of Players The Clippers Need

by Jonny Auping

Apr 30, 2016 10:57 AM

The only Neil Olshey acquired players left on the Clippers are Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Meanwhile, Portland is full of the type of players the Clippers should have been targeting. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Three Question Playoff Preview: Clippers Vs. Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

Apr 16, 2016 3:00 PM

On how Moe Harkless will play for the Blazers against Blake Griffin and in general, whether they will be any cross-match craziness and if the Clippers have enough three-point shooting. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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The Maximum Available 2016 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

Several teams will start the summer assured of having cap space. They'll be joined by several more as roster decisions are made leading up to the summer with more max contract slots available than ever before. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cavs Trade For Channing Frye

by Keith P Smith

In trading for Channing Frye, the Cavs get the stretch 4 they wanted, and they also cleared away the last mostly guaranteed year of Anderson Varejao. Read more »
Western Conference: Buyers & Sellers

by Keith P Smith

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The Blazers' Unusual Rebuild

by Keith P Smith

Portland correctly read the market quicker than most and focused on what would eventually be considered good deals. Read more »
How Is Will Barton Happening?

by Michael Pina

In December, Will Barton averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Zero starts. How did a 25-year-old blade of grass become one of the NBA's most terrifying threats off the bench? Read more »
2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The only considerations are talent, age, cap flexibility and future draft picks with the goal being to eventually compete for and win the NBA Finals. Read more »
The Blazers' Star Is The System

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers' best star isn't a specific player. Instead, it may be a vision for an entire roster meshed with a system perfectly designed for today's NBA. Read more »
NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

How Damian Lillard responds to his increased burden is the key story for the Blazers. If he keeps up his gunning ways, we will likely see his scoring numbers go way up while his efficiency takes a major hit. But if Lillard learns the art of controlling games without taking oodles of shots to do it, you will see an All-Star-level talent evolve into an even more complete player. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Read more »
A Playoff Preview In Team Infographics

by Christopher Reina

Looking at the percentile rankings for every team in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate. Read more »
Coach's Corner: Betting On Long-Term Trends

by Brett Koremenos

The problem for NBA coaches is they let short-term outcomes skew what is a smart, long-term approach. This is especially true since the threat of a dominant scorer on the low block is actually more valuable than his individual production out of the action. Read more »
Damian Lillard A True All-Star Regardless Of How He Arrives

by Jarrod Rudolph

There’s a maturity that goes with a top-tier game for Damian Lillard. He understands that his success is attached to the team and anything spectacular that he does needs to be in the framework of the team’s plans. Read more »
How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

All around the Blazers, they’re pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. “It’s coming.” Read more »
2014-15 NBA Season Tiers Preview

by Danny Leroux

The Spurs, Clippers and Cavaliers enter the season as Tier One teams, while the Bulls, Raptors, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and several other Western Conference teams are in that second tier. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Offseason Review

by Danny Leroux

The Cavs, 76ers, Spurs, Nuggets, Hornets and Suns were amongst teams to have a great offseason, while the Thunder, Magic, Kings, Lakers, Pacers and Knicks had bad ones. Read more »
Buying Low On Meyers Leonard

by Jonathan Tjarks

The NBA is full of 7'0 who didn't start to blossom until their mid 20's with Tyson Chandler as their patron saint, which is why it is too early to give up on Meyers Leonard. Read more »