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Downtrodden Blazers Lick Wounds In Game 3 Interviews

Downtrodden Blazers Lick Wounds In Game 3 Interviews

After a lopsided loss to the Pelicans in Game 3 of their playoff series, the Blazers faced the press. Their disappointment was palpable. After a disheartening 119-102 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, leaving them one loss away from being swept in their 2018 NBA Playoff series, the Portland Trail Blazers talked to the media in post-game interviews. First, Head Coach Terry Stotts sat down at the big podium to talk to the national media. The clearly-tired Stotts smiled, but had few answers to the sparse questions, leading to occasional awkward pauses. Next up, a very quiet CJ McCollum talked...
Blazer's Edge Apr 16, 2018
How the Blazers Adjust for the Pelicans in Game 2

How the Blazers Adjust for the Pelicans in Game 2

Danny Marang and Tara Bowen-Biggs tackle the question of the hour on the Blazer’s Edge Podcast. On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang breakdown Game 1 of Trail Blazers v. Pelicans, diagnose what went wrong, and explore how might adjust in Game 2 and the rest of the series. What happened to the Blazers offense? How about the last two possessions of Game 1? What happened to Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, and CJ McCollum? Listen and find out. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Intro Taking in the game while traveling Highlights from the first...
Blazer's Edge Apr 15, 2018
Blazers Reflect On Game 1, But Focus On Task Ahead

Blazers Reflect On Game 1, But Focus On Task Ahead

Portland surrendered home-court advantage, but a long series awaits. The players talked to reporters about what happened, and the work to come. The Portland Trail Blazers opened the NBA Playoffs with a thud, losing at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. A poor first-half offensive performance — only 36 points at halftime — put the Blazers in a hole they spent all second half cracking away at. The clearest sign of troubles? Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Portland’s back-court tandem struggled in the first half, combining to go 1-for-15, with McCollum 0-for-6 with zero points. After...
Rip City Project Apr 15, 2018

Lillard and McCollum outworked by Rondo and Holiday in Game 1

In the opening game loss to New Orleans, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 37 points on 13/41 shooting. The NBA announces its end-of-season awards in June, but speculation is reaching peak levels. Although MVP and Rookie of the Year make most headlines, competition is strong for the two All-Defense teams. The New Orleans […] Lillard and McCollum outworked by Rondo and Holiday in Game 1 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Apr 15, 2018
Pelicans Steal Homecourt from Blazers in Game 1

Pelicans Steal Homecourt from Blazers in Game 1

Portland mounted one of their famous comebacks, but New Orleans’ defense was too much. The Portland Trail Blazers pulled out their greatest hits from the regular season as they faced the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of their first-round NBA Playoffs matchup. After getting down by a seemingly-insurmountable margin, the Blazers used energy and sweet shooting from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to crawl back into the game late. But the playoffs are not the same as the regular season, and the Pelicans are not an ordinary team. Fantastic defense from Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday allowed...
Blazer's Edge Apr 14, 2018
Blazers Might Need an Attitude Adjustment before Facing Pelicans

Blazers Might Need an Attitude Adjustment before Facing Pelicans

We put the Blazers-Pelicans series in perspective and break down less-obvious factors that could swing the outcome either way. In a few hours the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans will tip off Game 1 of their first-round matchup in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Most of the focus will be on stars Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and CJ McCollum, and rightfully so. The performance of a team’s best players is the surest indicator of success or failure in a playoff series. If everybody lives up to their billing, however, the tapestry becomes more complex, particularly among these...
Blazer's Edge Apr 14, 2018
Davis, Harkless Key to Blazers Success

Davis, Harkless Key to Blazers Success

Writing for NBCSports Northwest, Dane Carbaugh claims two bench players will be difference-makers for Portland. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic lead the charge for the Portland Trail Blazers on a nightly basis, and will continue to do so as the Blazers face the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. If you’re among the Portland faithful, you might tab Al-Farouq Aminu and his new-found three-point shooting as a hidden key to Portland’s success this year. Writing for NBCSports Northwest, Dane Carbaugh argues that the pivot points for Portland actually...
Blazer's Edge Apr 13, 2018
Blazers vs Pelicans: Comparing Lillard, Davis, and the Top Players Head to Head

Blazers vs Pelicans: Comparing Lillard, Davis, and the Top Players Head to Head

How did the best players for New Orleans and Portland fare against each other this season? We break down the numbers. Since the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans were announced as first-round foes in the 2018 NBA Playoffs on Thursday night, we’ve been taking a look at the statistical matchup between the two from various angles. Today we examine how the top five players for each team fared against the opponent compared to their regular-season stats. The Blazers field Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Evan Turner. The Pelicans sport Anthony Davis,...
Blazer's Edge Apr 12, 2018
McCollum Leads NBA in Distance Covered Again

McCollum Leads NBA in Distance Covered Again

Portland’s shooting guard blew away the competition in terms of distance covered on the court this season. With the NBA Playoffs starting as the regular season ends, the league’s leaders in statistical categories are sorted out. Among the league leaders this year is Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, who yet again ranked as the league’s leader in distance ran with 218 miles. StatMuse outlined McCollum’s three-year reign on top of the distance covered category prior to Portland’s game against the Utah Jazz: CJ McCollum will finish this season leading the league in total...
Blazer's Edge Apr 12, 2018
Schedule for Blazers-Pelicans Series Announced

Schedule for Blazers-Pelicans Series Announced

The Blazers will open their first-round series with the Pelicans on Saturday in Portland. The NBA released the schedule for the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, where the third-seed Portland Trail Blazers will take on the sixth-seed New Orleans Pelicans. If want to see Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum take on Anthony Davis and friends, here’s where to tune in. Game 1: Saturday, April 14 | ESPN | 7:30 PM Game 2: Tuesday, April 17 | TNT | 7:30 pm Game 3: Thursday, April 19 | NBA TV | 6:00 pm Game 4: Saturday, April 21 | TNT | 2:00 pm Game 5: Tuesday, April 24 | TBD *If necessary Game 6:...
Blazer's Edge Apr 10, 2018
“Emotionless” McCollum Not Worried About Slump

“Emotionless” McCollum Not Worried About Slump

CJ McCollum is not worried about the Blazers recent shooting woes. With 81 games in the books, the Portland Trail Blazers are suffering from an offensive drought at a terrible time. The team has not locked down the third seed in the Western Conference, and much of that falls on their star back court. CJ McCollum is not worried about his recent long range shooting woes, according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.com. Instead McCollum is using a meditative technique to try and eliminate emotion from the equation altogether. He lives by a state of mind called “apatheia,” a concept he adopted ...
Blazer's Edge Apr 10, 2018
Eggers: McCollum Adds Podcast Host to Resume

Eggers: McCollum Adds Podcast Host to Resume

CJ McCollum, a journalism major at Lehigh University, is known for his media savvy and ability to get behind the microphone. Now he’s adding a podcast to a resume that already inlcudes a weekly radio show and multiple interviews with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune recently sat down with McCollum to discuss his new podcast, “Pull Up”, which debuted last week: Tribune: Looks like your first “Pull Up” podcast already has created some controversy. You’re getting plenty of run for your comment that LeBron James signing with Philadelphia this...
Blazer's Edge Apr 9, 2018
Cold-Shooting Blazers Fall To Nuggets, 88-82

Cold-Shooting Blazers Fall To Nuggets, 88-82

Portland couldn’t hold off the Nuggets tonight. But that doesn’t mean the Blazers have lost home court advantage in the playoffs this weekend. And, another loss. The Blazers struggled to hit shots all night, and the Nuggets hit just enough to nip Portland, 88-82. Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, and CJ McCollum led the Blazers Here are some essentials from tonight’s game. Nurkic Hearts Denver. As always, Jusuf brought his A-Game against his former squad, having a double-double in the first half, and being a go-to player on offense. Nada From Downtown. The Blazers continue to be...
ClutchPoints Apr 7, 2018
Dwyane Wade calls CJ McCollum most underappreciated NBA player

Dwyane Wade calls CJ McCollum most underappreciated NBA player

Originally the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, CJ McCollum has made great strides in his five-year career. After winning the 2015-16 NBA Most Improved Player award, some feel he should have already made his first All-Star appearance alongside his teammate, Damian Lillard. On the ‘Timeout with Taylor Rooks’ podcast, Dwyane Wade was […] The post Dwyane Wade calls CJ McCollum most underappreciated NBA player appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Rip City Project Apr 6, 2018

CJ McCollum should not have taken the final shot vs. Houston

An unexpected 17-point comeback by the Blazers bench fell just short as CJ McCollum missed a three-point attempt as time expired. But should CJ have been the one to take the final shot? The Blazers are blessed with one of the clutchest players in the NBA. Damian Lillard has hit numerous buzzer-beaters to win the […] CJ McCollum should not have taken the final shot vs. Houston - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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