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Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

Feb 19, 2017 3:23 PM

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Nuggets Acquire Mason Plumlee From Portland For Jusuf Nurkic

by Keith P Smith

Feb 12, 2017 6:21 PM

More so than most trades, this deal was about both on court impact and off the court bookkeeping, in terms of cap sheets and Luxury Tax payments. Read more »

Tags: Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Lillard, McCollum And Portland's Lack Of Flexibility

by Michael Pina

Jan 27, 2017 11:30 AM

Lillard and McCollum are reasons 1A and 1B why the Blazers shouldn't panic, but their flaws inflame fundamental weaknesses, creating understandable long-term question marks regarding their ability to coexist. Read more »

Tags: Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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The NBA's No-Man's Land: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers weren't some odds-defying, feel-good story come back down to earth. The ingredients for a contender are mostly there, but unfortunately a bad summer spending spree has spoiled the batch. But with some creative maneuvering going forward, there's no reason the Blazers can get back to the playoffs. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Limitations Of A Double-Threat Backcourt

by Colin McGowan

Destroying the rest of the league with speed and finesse has an enduring appeal. But despite the success of the Warriors and Raptors, it remains exceedingly difficult to build a winner through the backcourt as the Blazers and Wizards are finding this season. Read more »
Numbers Game: On The Blazers' Offense, Pistons' Rebounding

by Brett Koremenos

The Pistons and Blazers were two teams expected to take a step forward this season. For Detroit, they continue to rebound better without the league's leading rebounder while the Blazers have regressed on offense. Read more »
Managing Portland's Crowded Center Rotation

by Jonny Auping

It's a testament to Lillard, McCollum and Stotts that four promising young centers are so willing to play so hard for them in whatever limited opportunities they get. But it's also worth wondering if the center by committee rotation is actually less effective than if they had a player that could settle into that role with heavy minutes. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

If Damian Lillard's off-court persona is practiced and word-perfectly inoffensive, his game is its shadowy inverse: flashy, improvisational, angry. He creates chaos then surfs along the top of it. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

As the Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets look to end their playoff droughts with young rosters, the Blazers and Thunder focused on remaining playoff contenders amid major potential change. Read more »
Blazers, Jazz, Pelicans And The Merits Of Middle Class Improvement

by Colin McGowan

There's nothing the Blazers, Jazz or Pelicans can do that would effectively counter Golden State nearly running out an All-NBA team as a starting lineup. It is heartening, though, that a handful of relatively young teams from the NBA's middle class have decided they might as well go about the business of improvement anyway. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Blazers Sign Festus Ezeli To One Of Best Bargains Of Offseason

by Christopher Reina

Festus Ezeli is one of the best rebounders in the game and also keeps getting better as a rim protector, which was quite clearly one of Portland's biggest needs entering the offseason. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Portland's $70M Gamble On Evan Turner

by Christopher Reina

The versatility that made Evan Turner look like a potential future All-Star as the second overall pick in 2010 settled nicely as a complementary piece with the Celtics. Read more »
Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

by Keith P Smith

Expect the Blazers to be one of the first teams out of the gate with signings. They prefer to come out and set the market vs. waiting to see how things develop. Portland needs to add another big piece or two to challenge the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder, and they have the means to do so. Read more »
Allen Crabbe's Well-Timed Emergence

by Haven Kaplan-Miner

Allen Crabbe emerged this season a highly regarded 3-and-D role player who has become a solid finisher in traffic as well as a terrific midrange shooter. Read more »
Damian Lillard Can't Beat Golden State's Defense By Himself

by Michael Pina

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

by Jonny Auping

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 »
Three Question Playoff Preview: Clippers Vs. Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

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 »