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The surprising improvement of Pat Connaughton this season

From barely staying on the team to earning big-time minutes, Pat Connaughton is making his mark on Rip City. The conundrum of guards for the Portland Trail Blazers has been uniquely interesting the past few seasons. Damian Lillard had Wesley Matthews as his two-guard up until 2015. One of the best “3-and-D” players in the […] The surprising improvement of Pat Connaughton this season - 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 15, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves Feast on Portland Trail Mix

Minnesota Timberwolves Feast on Portland Trail Mix

Between Minnesota’s big guards and Portland’s sloppy play, this game turned comically tragic quickly. The Portland Trail Blazers looked to finish their current road trip strong against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Target Center tonight. Unfortunately “strong” described far more about Minnesota’s play than that of the Trail Blazers. Out-sized by guards, out-thought by bigs, and out-played overall, Damian Lillard and company limped their way through a humbling loss, falling to Karl-Anthony Towns and his cohorts 120-103 in a game that wasn’t ever close. Best Laid Plans of Mice and...
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
Blake Griffin Says Damian Lillard Regularly Gets Snubbed for All-Star Game

Blake Griffin Says Damian Lillard Regularly Gets Snubbed for All-Star Game

Trail Blazers fans aren’t the only ones who think Lillard gets ignored for the NBA’s showcase game. In the context of a wide-ranging interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that covered subjects such as racial justice, injuries, and former owner Donald Sterling, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dropped an opinion about Damian Lillard’s extended absence from the NBA All-Star Game. When asked if making the 2018 All-Star roster in Los Angeles was a goal for the season, Griffin responded: I wouldn’t say it’s a big thing in my mind. Being healthy, playing well and...
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...
Rip City Project Jan 12, 2018

Trail Blazers fight hard on the road, fall to Pelicans, 119-113

With Damian Lillard in and out of the lineup with quad and calf injuries, the Portland Trail Blazers were happy to welcome him back. And with both the Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans jostling for playoff position, Portland sure needed his help. First Quarter The first quarter started well, with the Blazers jumping out […] Trail Blazers fight hard on the road, fall to Pelicans, 119-113 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 12, 2018
Lowe: “Stop Whining” about Garbage-Time Layups

Lowe: “Stop Whining” about Garbage-Time Layups

ESPN’s premier columnist rolls his eyes at the controversy of last-second scoring by a leading team. Zach Lowe of ESPN has a message for all the folks complaining about teams taking unnecessary “garbage time” layups in the NBA: Stop whining! In his latest “10 Things I Like and Don’t Like” column, Lowe references the “LayupGate” incident between Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and Houston Rockets counterpart Chris Paul at the end of Wednesday’s game between the two teams. Instead of dribbling out the last 15 seconds of Houston’s 121-112 win, the...
Blazersedge Jan 12, 2018
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Preview

Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Preview

The Blazers continue their Western Conference road trip in New Orleans against a Pelicans team with playoff aspirations. Portland Trail Blazers (22-19) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (20-20) Friday, January 12th - 5:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: Damian Lillard (probable)Pelicans injuries: Anthony Davis (questionable), Tony Allen (out), Solomon Hill (out)How to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)How to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)Radio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: The Bird Writes Portland continues their road...
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 11, 2018
Chris Paul’s Big Night Lifts Rockets Over Blazers

Chris Paul’s Big Night Lifts Rockets Over Blazers

Without James Harden, Paul and Eric Gordon combine for 67 points in Houston’s victory. The Portland Trail Blazers headed into Houston to face the Rockets with high hopes tonight, owners of a three-game win streak and fresh off a convincing win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. As it turned out, Chris Paul’s 37-point performance for the was simply too much for the Trail Blazers to overcome on the second night of a back-to-back. Damian Lillard returned to action for Portland, his timely 29-point performance giving his squad hope in the fourth quarter. After trailing by double-digits most of...
Blazersedge Jan 11, 2018
Damian Lillard, Chris Paul Exchange Words After Last-Second Layup

Damian Lillard, Chris Paul Exchange Words After Last-Second Layup

Lillard and head coach Terry Stotts comment on Paul’s basket in the waning seconds. Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul exchanged words after Paul scored a basket with the clock running out and the game in hand 119-112. Paul and the Rockets could’ve dribbled out the last 15 seconds on the game clock, but Paul cut to the hoop and tacked on two more points for good measure. What was a seven-point win became a nine-point win, and Lillard made sure to find Paul after the layup: It appears Dame wasn't a fan of CP3's late layup ...
Rip City Project Jan 10, 2018

Trail Blazers lose to Harden-less Houston Rockets, 121-112

A lot of it came down to this: Too much Chris Paul and Eric Gordon. Paul finishes with 37 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Gordon scores 30. On Tuesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers put another feather in their Hella Week cap. Despite playing without Damian Lillard, the Blazers thumped the Oklahoma City Thunder, […] Trail Blazers lose to Harden-less Houston Rockets, 121-112 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 10, 2018
Rockets Guards Too Much For Blazers, 121-112

Rockets Guards Too Much For Blazers, 121-112

Despite Lillard’s return and Harden’s absence, Houston’s backcourt tandem overwhelmed Portland. With Damian Lillard back in the lineup, the Portland Trail Blazers stayed close to the Houston Rockets all night. But Chris Paul made key plays late in the game, and the Rockets held off a game Blazers squad, 121-112. Here are some essentials from tonight’s game. Welcome back, Dame. Sort of. Lillard returned to the starting lineup, and made his impact felt quickly. However, NBC Sports caught a glimpse of him seemingly reaching at his leg just before he was subbed out of the game in the...
Blazersedge Jan 10, 2018
Gameday Thread: Blazers at Rockets

Gameday Thread: Blazers at Rockets

Damian Lillard is back, and the Blazers tip off against the Rockets tonight at 5:00 pm on NBC Sports Northwest. Tip-off: 5:00 pm PTTV: NBC Sports NorthwestOnline Streaming: See our viewing guide.Radio: Rip City Radio, 620 am Injuries: Damian Lillard is returning to the active roster tonight. Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard will probably be on a minutes restriction, but didn’t offer details.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) January 10, 2018 —-- The Gameday Thread Rules! There are a few extra rules we emphasize for Gameday Threads. We appreciate your support! 1. No videos or...

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