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Blazersedge Nov 19, 2017
CJ McCollum Catches Fire as Blazers Torch Kings

CJ McCollum Catches Fire as Blazers Torch Kings

Portland wasn’t going to lose again to Sacramento. Their guards made sure of that. The NBA is a league of opportunity, it’s said. The saying proved true tonight as, 24 hours after logging a disappointing performance against the Sacramento Kings in northern California, the Portland Trail Blazers surged back into form in the rematch. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 47 points, the Blazers shot over 50% from the field, and Portland defeated the Kings 102-90, completing a much-needed bounce-back. Game Flow After failing to hit a three-point shot for the first time all season in...
Blazersedge Nov 19, 2017
Watch: Blazers Bounce Back, Dethrone Kings

Watch: Blazers Bounce Back, Dethrone Kings

The second time’s the charm as the Blazers closed out the Kings Saturday night, 102-90. Check out the highlights here. It was a little tougher than hoped, but the Portland Trail Blazers put away the Sacramento Kings in the second half for a 102-90 win Saturday night. 24 hours after the Blazers fell to the Kings, Portland played a far more poised game, using a third-quarter run to take control. Afterward, they fended off multiple Kings runs, keeping them figuratively at arm’s length for a relatively easy victory. The Blazers were led by CJ McCollum (25 points), Damian Lillard (22 points,...
Blazersedge Nov 18, 2017
Damian Lillard Defends Terry Stotts from Critics

Damian Lillard Defends Terry Stotts from Critics

The star point guard puts the weight on the players, not the coaches, to produce. The Portland Trail Blazers have been mired in doubt and criticism to begin the 2017-18 season. It all started with poor play, then grew into something much bigger when head coach Terry Stotts benched Jusuf Nurkic for all but 53 seconds in the fourth quarter of a close loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Nurkic played down the incident, but that didn’t stop Stotts’ critics. The Blazers moved on, beating up on the Denver Nuggets, but a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings has doubt continuing to cloud around...
Blazersedge Nov 17, 2017
Why Don’t the Trail Blazers Run More?

Why Don’t the Trail Blazers Run More?

Portland is producing fast break points at a historically low rate. What’s going on? Heading into tonight’s bout with the Sacramento Kings, the Portland Trail Blazers own an 8-6 record off of 104.6 points produced per game. The former number is mediocre compared to expectations; the latter is down more than three points from last season’s rate. A Blazer’s Edge reader wonders if lack of fast-break points could be part of the issue. Quick guards like Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, plus athletic wings, plus big rebounders should equate to buckets on the run, right? As it turns out,...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Fake Damian Lillard Stars in Adidas Ad

Fake Damian Lillard Stars in Adidas Ad

Portland’s point guard is now famous enough to be copied. There’s famous enough to star in your own nationally-televised commercial, and then there’s famous enough to have an actor portray you in a nationally-televised commercial because absolutely everybody knows who you are. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard crossed the boundary from the first category to the second this week as sneaker-titan Adidas included him—or at least his reputation—in their “Greatness Does Good” campaign. The spot begins with doppelgangers of Houston Rockets guard James Harden and New...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Bleacher Report: Offense is Blazers’ Biggest Question Mark

Bleacher Report: Offense is Blazers’ Biggest Question Mark

Outside of the star backcourt, and sometimes their big man, the Blazers’ offense lacks real weapons. The Portland Trail Blazers are known for their offense; stars in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are ready to pop off for 20+ points apiece every night. Jusuf Nurkic lit the league ablaze in his first 20 Blazer games, and he’s been good this season, but even Nurkic Fever is running cool lately. Outside of those three, who steps up for the Blazers is often a mystery. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report highlights this weakness as Portland’s biggest question mark: Did we miss the memo about...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Watch: Damian Lillard Appears on SportsCenter After Greeting WWII Veteran

Watch: Damian Lillard Appears on SportsCenter After Greeting WWII Veteran

From a tweet to a real-life exchange between a fan and a star. Damian Lillard has become ingrained in Portland’s culture, and not just because he plays for the Trail Blazers. Off the court, he hosts a kids basketball camp in the summer, takes impromptu pictures with fans, and occasionally dedicates a shoe to the City of Roses. He’s a basketball superstar and could spurn anyone who approaches him because he’s enjoying himself out in public. But Lillard isn’t about that; Lillard is about loyalty and family, and Blazer fans are as loyal as it gets. So when die-hard fan and 93-year-old...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Evan Turner is Key to Trail Blazers Success

Evan Turner is Key to Trail Blazers Success

The point-forward has been maligned and overlooked, but his production has correlated with Portland wins this season. Conventional wisdom argues that the key to understanding the Portland Trail Blazers is their big three. A team featuring Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic—a trio accounting for more than 62 points a night, each with a usage rate between 25 and 30 percent—seemingly needs no further explanation. Conventional wisdom isn’t right. Gauging by the early part of the 2017-18 season, reserve “point forward” Evan Turner is important to Portland’s success...not...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Shabazz Napier Shines in Blazers’ Victory Over the Orlando Magic, 99-94

Shabazz Napier Shines in Blazers’ Victory Over the Orlando Magic, 99-94

Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Shabazz Napier help the Blazers overcome an atrocious first quarter to triumph over the Orlando Magic at the Moda Center. Inconsistent effort has been driving Portland Trail Blazers fans bonkers for the last 13 months. One night the Blazers will look like world beaters, the next they’ll seem destined for a complete teardown, and a week later they’ll look exactly average. It’s a maddening pattern that has Blazermaniacs vacillating wildly from ecstatic, to downtrodden, to flummoxed. The Blazers upped the ante tonight by packing an entire season of...
Blazersedge Nov 16, 2017
Watch: Blazers Guard Home Court, Beat the Magic 99-94

Watch: Blazers Guard Home Court, Beat the Magic 99-94

Behind Shabazz Napier’s career night, the Blazers beat his former team, the Orlando Magic. Playing the final game of a six-game homestand, The Blazers win with a guard heavy lineup that includes a 19 point outburst by Shabazz Napier, to beat the Orlando Magic 99-94 The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard with 26 points, CJ McCollum added 24 and Shabazz Napier scored 19 off the bench. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 22. Recap While tipoff was scheduled for 7pm, the Blazers didn’t show up until about 7:45. The first quarter was about as unmemorable as Elfrid Payton’s hair is...
Blazersedge Nov 15, 2017
Jusuf Nurkic’s Improved Mid-range Shooting Bodes Well for Trail Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic’s Improved Mid-range Shooting Bodes Well for Trail Blazers

Nurkic is exceeding career averages from the mid-range this season. For the first three years of his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic demonstrated an offensive game typical of bulky seven-footers. His portfolio included backing down opponents on the block and using drop-steps to gain critical space in the paint. This style of play helped a sputtering, center-free offense expand beyond starting guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, propelling Portland to the playoffs in 2016-17. With the dawn of the 2017-18 season, Portland’s offense has...
Blazersedge Nov 14, 2017
Shabazz Napier’s Improved Play Has Caught the Eye of Lillard, Stotts

Shabazz Napier’s Improved Play Has Caught the Eye of Lillard, Stotts

The fourth-year guard is finally starting to carve out a role in a guard-heavy Blazers rotation. Shabazz Napier’s NBA journey began with a thud. The former University of Connecticut star bounced from the Heat to the Magic in his first two seasons, before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. It wasn’t an opportunity to start, given Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the roster. It wasn’t even an opportunity for heavy playing time, with Evan Turner arriving as the big-money free agent destined for much of the backup playmaker minutes. But he would receive chances to shine. And in...
Blazersedge Nov 14, 2017
Nurkic Rebounds, Jokic Falters as Blazers Crush Nuggets

Nurkic Rebounds, Jokic Falters as Blazers Crush Nuggets

The battle of star centers was one-sided tonight. When the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets face off, the battle between Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and his former understudy Jusuf Nurkic takes center stage. The matchup took on special significance tonight, as Nurkic was coming off of a rough weekend following a fourth-quarter benching in Portland’s last game against the Brooklyn Nets. As it turned out, the contest was no contest at all. The Blazers stifled Jokic, holding him to just two made field goals. Meanwhile Portland’s Big 3 of Nurkic, Damian Lillard, and CJ McCollum...
Blazersedge Nov 13, 2017
Damian Lillard Sustains Minor Finger Injury, Will Play Against Nuggets

Damian Lillard Sustains Minor Finger Injury, Will Play Against Nuggets

Portland’s point guard bent his finger in Friday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard sat out practice on Sunday after sustaining an injury to his left ring finger in the last minute of Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. As Oregonlive’s Mike Richman reports, Lillard was seen wearing a protective splint on his ring and middle finger at the Blazers’ practice facility. Lillard is not listed on the official injury report for Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. According to Richman, he is likely to play without the splint....
Blazersedge Nov 11, 2017
Russell, Crabbe Get Last Laugh as Nets Tear Down Blazers

Russell, Crabbe Get Last Laugh as Nets Tear Down Blazers

Portland looked perfectly set up for a win that never happened. The Portland Trail Blazers were set up perfectly for a win against the visiting Brooklyn Nets tonight. Jusuf Nurkic was an indomitable force in the middle. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were primed to counter D’Angelo Russell, scoring over him two to one. Portland’s bench and supporting players matched up favorably against the injured Brooklyn roster. All of those things came true, but a funny thing happened on the way to victory. Portland’s defense and confidence crumbled simultaneously in a fateful third quarter, while...

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