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Rip City Project Oct 21, 2018

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum excited to play more together this year

In years past, the Portland Trail Blazers have staggered their two superstar guards, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. But this year, Coach Terry Stotts and the team are looking to change that. Through the Portland Trail Blazers first two games, it appears Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will be playing more minutes together than ever […] Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum excited to play more together this year - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2018
Lillard, McCollum Feel Playing Together More Is a Good Thing

Lillard, McCollum Feel Playing Together More Is a Good Thing

The backcourt tells Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest why they’re excited that they’re playing together more. Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers have made it an early focus to play Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum together more. The backcourt is feeling good about the change. Lillard believes it’ll make them more efficient, he told Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest: “We did that the whole preseason and so far the first two games, just being out there together – even in practice we’ve been on the same teams a lot more than we have in the past. “I think it’ll...
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2018
Blazers’ Backcourt Makes Portland Worth Watching

Blazers’ Backcourt Makes Portland Worth Watching

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report outlines the one reason to watch every team. If you’re watching the Portland Trail Blazers, it’s likely because of the explosive backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. They’re often pegged as one of the best in the league and for good reason, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report says: Each can lead an offense or burn defenders as an off-ball sniper. Both can conjure up monstrous stat lines on any given night (Lillard had 25 games with 30-plus points, McCollum added seven more). Lillard dazzles with limitless shooting range, explosive athleticism and...
www.columbian.com Oct 21, 2018
Blazers take down Spurs for 2-0 season start

Blazers take down Spurs for 2-0 season start

Damian Lillard had 29 points while CJ McCollum added 24 and Portland Trail Blazers downed the San Antonio Spurs 121-108 on Saturday night.
Blazer's Edge Oct 21, 2018
Signature Lillard Performance Leads Blazers Past Spurs

Signature Lillard Performance Leads Blazers Past Spurs

Portland captured its second win of the season with a 121-108 victory over the Spurs. Led by a stellar performance from Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers easily dispatched the Spurs 121-108. After a rocky start, Portland captured a lead in the second quarter that they would never relinquish. Former Blazers cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge struggled to get his offense going, which put all the pressure on newcomer DeMar DeRozan. Adding to the Spurs’ struggles was a electric second-half performance from CJ McCollum. Both Lillard and McCollum shot 9-15 from the field, and they combined for 53...
Blazer's Edge Oct 19, 2018
McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson spoke with CJ McCollum about Zach Collins after the Blazers’ opening victory. Nik Stauskas might have stolen the show in the Trail Blazers victory over the Lakers, but Zach Collins’ solid defensive play wasn’t lost on his teammates. The second-year big man recorded six blocks, and closed out the game as starting center Jusuf Nurkic watched from the bench. After the game CJ McCollum gushed about Collins’ superb night to NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson. “Zach was great. He protected the basket. He was fearless. He’s that guy at the rim...
Blazer's Edge Oct 19, 2018
Blazers Blast Lakers in Opener, 128-119

Blazers Blast Lakers in Opener, 128-119

Portland spoils LeBron’s Lakers debut behind an inspired team effort. The Portland Trail Blazers started off the 2018-19 season in style on Thursday night, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 128-119 in front of a raucous Moda Center crowd. They scored 30 or more points in three of the four quarters, capped off by a 35 points fourth stanza. Damian Lillard led the way with 28 points, six rebounds and four assists on the night. Nick Stauskus chipped in 24 off the bench, and CJ McCollum added 21 points and five boards. LeBron James had a solid showing in his first regular season game in a...
Blazer's Edge Oct 18, 2018
The Blazers Need to Balance Minutes for their Big Three

The Blazers Need to Balance Minutes for their Big Three

Portland’s big stars have played big minutes in previous seasons. Might this be the year they even out? Welcome to the 2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers season preview at Blazer’s Edge! We’re going to have several pieces today taking a look at the upcoming year, including some from authors you’re less familiar with. This one is written by staffer Kody Tarbell. Enjoy! When the Portland Trail Blazers begin their 2018-19 season against the Los Angeles Lakers, three names will take center stage: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic. During the off-season, analysts have the luxury...
Blazer's Edge Oct 18, 2018
See a Preseason Play that Might Come in Handy Against LeBron and the Lakers

See a Preseason Play that Might Come in Handy Against LeBron and the Lakers

An interesting set emerged from Portland’s preseason, which should get play against the Lakers on opening night. The Portland Trail Blazers are known for having one of the more unorthodox playbooks in the NBA. Their heavy usage of flare screens and circle actions are beginning to catch on elsewhere, but no team runs that kind of stuff as much as Portland does. As high as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s usage can be, that doesn’t mean they pound the ball through the floor all game, though Lillard is often the outlet when things break down for the Portland offense, leading him to have...
Blazer's Edge Oct 17, 2018
Blazers’ Starting Five Ranked No. 13 in the NBA

Blazers’ Starting Five Ranked No. 13 in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report ranks all 30 starting fives around the league. The Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic was ranked No. 13 in the NBA, according to Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report’s metrics rankings. The group posted a 6.5 net rating in 456 minutes together: But it may be the lesser names who elevate the team’s ceiling and push this group into the top 10. That could happen if Jusuf Nurkic develops consistency on the offensive end or Al-Farouq Aminu proves he’s developed his shooting...
Blazer's Edge Oct 16, 2018
Lillard-McCollum Trade Speculation Persists

Lillard-McCollum Trade Speculation Persists

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor wonders if this will be the season the Blazers trade one of their star guards. With the dawn of the new NBA season comes the return of the seemingly never-ending trade speculation involving Portland Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, in a piece previewing key storylines to keep an eye on throughout the upcoming campaign, openly ponders if this will be the year the Blazers front office pulls the trigger on a deal involving one half of their dynamic duo. Writes O’Connor: There have always been whispers in...
Blazer's Edge Oct 15, 2018
Blazers Middle of the Pack in Division

Blazers Middle of the Pack in Division

Zach Harper of the Athletic gives an in-depth preview of the Northwest Division. He points to strengths and challenges for Portland. Zach Harper of the Athletic wrote a substantial preview of the Northwest Division (subscription required), and he broke down what he expects out of the Blazers. On the plus-side, he praises the Blazers continuity and backcourt: Damian Lillard is still one of the filthiest weapons in the NBA. He doesn’t quite bend the court like a Steph Curry, but Lillard still manages to make defenders nervous when he’s around 30 feet from the hoop. CJ McCollum has one of...
Blazer's Edge Oct 11, 2018
Anonymous Scouts Offer Brutally Honest Blazers Takes

Anonymous Scouts Offer Brutally Honest Blazers Takes

An anonymous scout tells Sports Illustrated that Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum should be “frustrated” with the team’s youth movement. Sports Illustrated has again reached out to anonymous scouts in search of “brutally honest” takes on every team. The Portland Trail Blazers’ section features several (not glowing) opinions on the team’s direction, including why the team shouldn’t trade Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum. On the team’s youth movement: “The front office has gone too far towards the youth movement. If I were Dame or CJ, I’d be getting frustrated with the...
Rip City Project Oct 11, 2018

Portland Trail Blazers news roundup: Blazers blow by Suns, Lillard looks to erase playoff sweep, and Harkless dealing with injury

Only six days until #BeatLA! Here’s another Rip City news drop. Blazers blow by Suns, win 116-83 Portland dominated the Phoenix Suns in their fourth preseason game, improving to 2-2 this preseason. The Trail Blazers were missing five key players for a variety of reasons, with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Evan Turner, and Gary Trent, […] Portland Trail Blazers news roundup: Blazers blow by Suns, Lillard looks to erase playoff sweep, and Harkless dealing with injury - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Oct 11, 2018
In Layman’s Terms: A Great Game

In Layman’s Terms: A Great Game

A breakout performance from Jake Layman spearheaded an easy win for the Blazers over the Suns for the second time this preseason. An eighteen-point first quarter from Jake Layman propelled the Portland Trail Blazers to a dominant, 116-83 preseason victory over the Phoenix Suns tonight. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Evan Turner, and Gary Trent Jr were all inactive for the game, but the Blazers showed their depth by coming away with an emphatic victory over the Suns for the second time in less than a week. The Changing of the Guard It’s not often Blazer fans witness a...

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