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Blazer's Edge Apr 21, 2018
New Orleans Pelicans Sweep Portland Trail Blazers, 131-123

New Orleans Pelicans Sweep Portland Trail Blazers, 131-123

A very long summer for the Portland Trail Blazers begins now. It’s over. The third-seed Portland Trail Blazers put up a fight, literally, but fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, 131-123 in Game 4 of their NBA Playoffs series. With the sweep complete, the Blazers now being the process of picking up the pieces after a disastrous ending to a once-promising season. Here are a few essentials from game 86 of the season. No more excuses. Every recent season ended with a combination of hope and reasons and/or excuses. “The Blazers had to play the Warriors!” “They just need a full season of...
Blazer's Edge Apr 21, 2018
Offseason Questions Arise for Blazers Following Sweep

Offseason Questions Arise for Blazers Following Sweep

Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest details the reaction from Portland following their sweep with a possibly busy offseason hanging around the team. The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t expect a sweep out of the NBA Playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, but it’s now their reality. Damian Lillard was frustrated all series long and it trickled down to most of the team. With the season over, attention turns to the offseason — which could be busy (head coach Terry Stotts is already reportedly on the hot seat). Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest caught up with the “shocked” Blazers...
Blazer's Edge Apr 23, 2018
More Questions About the Blazers’ Future

More Questions About the Blazers’ Future

The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated think the changes may be in store for Portland After the Blazers were swept out of the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, many writers are questioning the future of the team; in particular, the Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum back court. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post compared the Blazers to the Toronto Raptors of the last several years, but said that the situation feels less hopeful in Portland: Like that Toronto team, Portland has had repeated playoff struggles. This year’s sweep has brought the total to 10 straight losses in playoff...
Blazer's Edge Apr 23, 2018
Who Takes the Fall for the Blazers Playoff Performance?

Who Takes the Fall for the Blazers Playoff Performance?

Lillard? Stotts? Olshey? Is anyone to blame? On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang review (begrudgingly) Game 4 of the playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, then put the series in perspective as a whole. They ask if the Blazers forgot how to play the game they dedicated their lives to, analyze where Portland went wrong (and where Damian Lillard didn’t), sing the praises of Al-Farouq Aminu, and put a final bow tie on the postseason before taking a deep dive into the exit interviews. Podcast...
Blazer's Edge Apr 21, 2018
Video: Terry Stotts Gives Post-Game Interview Following Sweep

Video: Terry Stotts Gives Post-Game Interview Following Sweep

Portland’s coach reflects on the series with New Orleans, the performance of Damian Lillard, and the season. Following the Portland Trail Blazers’ 131-123 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, ending Portland’s playoff run in a four-game sweep, Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts gave post-game interviews to assembled media members. Here is the full video of the event, followed by select quotes from Stotts about the game, the performance of All-Star guard Damian Lillard, and the season as a whole. On Game 4: Tonight I thought we showed a lot of fight. I was kind of an uneven series in that...
Hoops Habit 21 hours ago

NBA Trade Rumors: Latest buzz on Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, more

With updates on Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and others, the latest NBA trade rumors seem to suggest we could see plenty of stars on the move this offseason. Right now, half of the NBA is in the playoffs and the other half is getting a jump start on the offseason. While not a lot can […] NBA Trade Rumors: Latest buzz on Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, more - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Blazer's Edge 20 hours ago
Sweeping Changes: Kawhi for Dame. Worth the Risk?

Sweeping Changes: Kawhi for Dame. Worth the Risk?

Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey has seemed risk averse in recent years. Would he be willing to change that to secure Spurs star Kawhi Leonard? The Trail Blazers probably need to make sweeping changes this summer if they ever want to break out of mediocrity during the Damian Lillard era, despite what general manager Neil Olshey claims. Fortunately for Portland, the NBA’s entered into an unprecedented era of blockbuster trades with all-NBA caliber talent like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, and others changing...

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