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Lillard shoots the lights out, Trail Blazers beat Mavericks 117-108

Damian Lillard scores 31 and CJ McCollum adds 26 as the Trail Blazers hold off the pesky Dallas Mavericks to win their sixth straight at home. The Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 Saturday at the Moda Center. The win was Portland’s third straight overall and their sixth straight victory at home. Portland improves […] Lillard shoots the lights out, Trail Blazers beat Mavericks 117-108 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 15, 2018
The Portland Trail Blazers Mid-Season Review

The Portland Trail Blazers Mid-Season Review

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum excel, Jusuf Nurkic sputters, the trade deadline approaches, and a coach on the hot seat. The Portland Trail Blazers are just over halfway through their NBA season. They carry a 22-21 record. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are shining; the rest of the roster is a stew made of intermittent brilliance and angst. Coach Terry Stotts is as close to the hot seat as he’s been in his Portland tenure, and the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline is looming. Seems like the perfect time for the Portland Trail Blazers mid-season review! Dave Deckard: OK, Peter, half (-ish) of the...
Blazersedge Jan 14, 2018
Wolves Establish Dominance Over Blazers, 120-103

Wolves Establish Dominance Over Blazers, 120-103

The Blazers’ road trip ended with a thud, as the Timberwolves dismantled Portland for an easy win. Whelp. After beating Oklahoma City to open their four game road trip, the Portland Trail Blazers lost the next three, including Sunday night’s disheartening 120-103 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Pat Connaughton scored 18 off the bench to help the (lost) cause, with Damian Lillard scoring 21 and CJ McCollum 18. Here were a few essentials from tonight’s game. Two fouls were committed while typing this recap. We don’t usually focus much on fouls, but it was one of the stories of...
Blazersedge Jan 13, 2018
Davis, Cousins Dominate In Victory Over Blazers

Davis, Cousins Dominate In Victory Over Blazers

The New Orleans big men combine for 60 points in a high-scoring win. New Orleans may be the Big Easy, but nothing came easy for the Portland Trail Blazers tonight as Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted Portland in a slugfest, handing them their a 119-113 loss in the process. Jusuf Nurkic’s solid night was eclipsed by Davis’ 36 points. The Blazers managed to avoid getting blown out, recovering from a 16-point deficit to capture a third-quarter lead. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 56 points as well. But as is often the case when these two teams meet, the...
Blazersedge Jan 11, 2018
Video: Analyzing Al-Farouq Aminu’s Jump Shot

Video: Analyzing Al-Farouq Aminu’s Jump Shot

It’s ugly, but Portland will need it if they hope to make noise in the West. While Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum get the lion’s share of headlines, Al-Farouq Aminu’s jump shot has made or broken the Portland Trail Blazers’ offense in multiple matchups over the past two seasons. When he has it going from beyond the arc, Aminu opens up the floor for Portland’s stars to do what they do best. When he’s throwing up moon balls without a prayer of going in, defenses can ignore him and Portland’s offense grinds to a halt. Aminu employs one of the ugliest jump shots in the league and...
Blazersedge Jan 10, 2018
Blazers Bad Boy CJ McCollum Has the NBA’s Biggest Fine this Season

Blazers Bad Boy CJ McCollum Has the NBA’s Biggest Fine this Season

Even months after the fact, McCollum’s fine sticks out. Don’t let the façade of Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum fool you: He’s one of the biggest bad boys in the league. Even though he’s responsible for opening a Boys and Girls Club and launching a high school journalism program, the real McCollum showed on Oct. 11 when he left the bench as Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan and Alex Len got into a scuffle. All joking aside, the guard only took a handful of steps towards the scene, and was quickly turned around by Blazers trainer Geoff Clark, never making contact—or even...
Blazersedge Jan 9, 2018
Oregonian: Many Potential Trade Targets for Portland at Deadline

Oregonian: Many Potential Trade Targets for Portland at Deadline

The Feb. 8 trade deadline is looming. It’s time to start suggesting potential trade targets for the Trail Blazers. With a record of 21-18, the Trail Blazers are in a peculiar spot. While still squarely in the playoff picture, there’s no denying a sense of unease about the current makeup of the roster (something Paul Allen reportedly looked into). The elite scoring duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum can keep Portland competitive in any game. Yet, the rest of the team still leaves much to be desired if the end goal is championship contention. In an article written by The...
Blazersedge Jan 8, 2018
Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton Lifting Trail Blazers

Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton Lifting Trail Blazers

An unlikely pair provides hope in an otherwise rough season. On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Dan Marang run down the Portland Trail Blazers’ recent run of success. We discuss the emergence of Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton, Damian Lillard’s absence, Nikola Mirotic and DeAndre Jordan available at the trade deadline, and why NBA players shouldn’t be friends on the court. Stream the Podcast Here Intro Things to build on over the past week Reviewing the past week Can we count on players outside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum Evan...
Blazersedge Jan 8, 2018
CJ McCollum Floater Lifts Trail Blazers Over Spurs

CJ McCollum Floater Lifts Trail Blazers Over Spurs

Neither team was fully healthy but one ended up a single point better. The Portland Trail Blazers have an impeccable sense of timing. On the evening of the 2018 Golden Globes, they put on show to rival anything Hollywood has to offer, defeating the San Antonio Spurs in dramatic fashion. Granted, the awards show held more star power. The Blazers played without Damian Lillard, while the Spurs went without 4 of their main rotation guys: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, and Rudy Gay. Even so, the ending of this game was not to be missed...five stars, two thumbs up, and a shiny statue to...
Blazersedge Jan 7, 2018
McCollum Floats Blazers Past Spurs, 111-110

McCollum Floats Blazers Past Spurs, 111-110

In one of the most fun games of the season, CJ McCollum was the hero as the Blazers upset the Spurs. Another close game for the Portland Trail Blazers. Without Damian Lillard, they played a San Antonio Spurs squad missing Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, and Rudy Gay down to the final minutes. CJ McCollum saved the day, bouncing in the game-winner with five seconds remaining, sending the home crowd into hysterics. ICE COLD CRAFTY JAMES FOR THE WIN!!!@CJMcCollum x #NBAVote pic.twitter.com/d2AhA9xC2j— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 8, 2018 Here were the stories that led...
Blazersedge Jan 6, 2018
Blazers Soar Past Hawks 110-89

Blazers Soar Past Hawks 110-89

Portland used a big second half to earn the blowout victory, their 20th win on the season. The Portland Trail Blazers avenged a difficult road loss to the Atlanta Hawks last week with a resounding victory Friday night in Portland. After the Blazers jumped out to a double-digit first half lead, leading by as many as 14, the Hawks rallied to make it a six point game at the break. Portland cruised in the second half en route to a 110-89 victory. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 20 points and six assists. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 14 points. A few takeaways from tonight’s...
Blazersedge Jan 5, 2018
Lowe: Trail Blazers Offense “Out of Sync”

Lowe: Trail Blazers Offense “Out of Sync”

Portland ends up on the wrong side of the ESPN analyst’s “Like and Don’t Like” column. Zach Lowe of ESPN.com takes the Portland Trail Blazers offense to task in the latest edition of his column “10 Things I Like and Don’t Like” (about the NBA). Calling Portland “out of sync”, Lowe excoriates their offense, pulling out the five-syllable words: The Blazers rank a shocking 27th in points per possession, and they score at only a league-average rate when both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are on the floor. All the cutting and screening in Terry Stotts’ system is (smartly)...
Blazersedge Jan 5, 2018
Contenders Might Want to Pick Up Cheap Blazers Assets at the Trade Deadline

Contenders Might Want to Pick Up Cheap Blazers Assets at the Trade Deadline

Portland can get ahead and trade free agents they may lose this summer. We look at possible buyers who have high playoff aspirations. As the Portland Trail Blazers recently trudged through games without leader Damian Lillard, it became clear that they were lacking in roster weapons. CJ McCollum is Portland’s clear No. 2 guy, but defenses have frustrated him. Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic range from great to ghastly. Well-paid guys like Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless have packed little punch. Lack of consistency among mainline players in a struggling offense has led head coach Terry...
Blazersedge Jan 2, 2018
Wade Washes Over Blazers in the Fourth, Cavaliers Win

Wade Washes Over Blazers in the Fourth, Cavaliers Win

Damian Lillard scored big in his return from injury but Cleveland’s older stars were too much to handle. Damian Lillard returned to the Portland Trail Blazers starting lineup tonight following a five-game absence due to injury. As luck had it, he was just in the nick of time to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For three quarters Lillard and the Blazers gave a mighty effort, holding steady behind deadly strikes from Lillard and backcourt mate CJ McCollum. But the fourth quarter proved fatal for the fading Blazers as Dwyane Wade gave Father Time a noogie, stepped off the...
Blazersedge Jan 1, 2018
CJ McCollum, Evan Turner Lead Trail Blazers in OT Victory over Bulls

CJ McCollum, Evan Turner Lead Trail Blazers in OT Victory over Bulls

Turner’s name has been much maligned in Portland but in this game he was worth his weight in gold. The Portland Trail Blazers faced the Chicago Bulls tonight on shaky ground. Without Damian Lillard due to injury, wobbling through a .500 record, seemingly anything can happen on a given night regardless of opponent. As it turned out, most things did happen for Portland in this game, including spurts of poor play followed by inspired efforts, seemingly sure-fire players falling apart while unexpected heroes pulled through. When the dust settled, the Blazers owned a 124-120 victory. It’ll...

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