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ClutchPoints Apr 20, 2018
Anthony Davis throws down put-back dunk on Jusuf Nurkic

Anthony Davis throws down put-back dunk on Jusuf Nurkic

One of the more surprising matchups of the first round in the 2018 NBA Playoffs is between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Pelicans finished the second half of their season without center DeMarcus Cousins, while the Blazers hit their stride going on a tear winning 13 in a row at […] The post Anthony Davis throws down put-back dunk on Jusuf Nurkic appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Rip City Project Apr 17, 2018

Coach’s Decision: Did Terry Stotts make the right call?

Did going for a layup with less than 10 seconds to go while down by three make sense? Yes! On a disappointing night in the Moda Center, it’s only natural to find a scapegoat. Blame poor shooting, a lack of aggression by Jusuf Nurkic or bad defense on Anthony Davis. Whatever you do, don’t blame Coach […] Coach’s Decision: Did Terry Stotts make the right call? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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 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 Need Pace, Authority, and Jusuf Nurkic to Beat Pelicans

Blazers Need Pace, Authority, and Jusuf Nurkic to Beat Pelicans

The Blazer’s Edge Podcast breaks down Portland-New Orleans in the first round. Welcome to the Blazer’s Edge podcast with Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang talking Trail Blazers vs Pelicans in the NBA Playoffs! It’s a quick look at keys to getting the series and Game 1 going in Portland’s direction, the hopeful of arrival of Playoff Nurkic, how the Blazers will handle Anthony Davis, whether or not the Blazers can play with pace, asserting dominance and more! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Topics include: Intro Reviewing match ups vs Pelicans Playing with pace Can the Blazers play at the...
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 10, 2018
Blazers Lose a Heartbreaker to Nuggets

Blazers Lose a Heartbreaker to Nuggets

Nurkic giveth, but his teammates taketh away. The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets both had plenty to play for when the teams met on Monday night, with seeding in the 2018 NBA Playoffs on the line. Denver wanted to stay in the hunt, earning a tie with the 8th-seed Minnesota Timberwolves. Portland was seeking to solidify possession of 3rd place, avoiding messy tiebreakers with a number of teams below them and earning homecourt advantage in the first round. Jusuf Nurkic turned in one of his best performances of the year against his former team, but it wasn’t enough to propel the...
The Denver Post Apr 10, 2018

Kiszla: Nuggets savor win that keeps playoff dream alive, while Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic eats crow

Does a Bosnian Beast eat crow? The Nuggets served up a heaping helping to Portland center Jusuf Nurkic, beating their biggest nemesis 88-82 Monday in a victory essential to keep a playoff dream alive.
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...
Blazer's Edge Apr 8, 2018
Pelton: Nurkic and Aminu Earn All-Defense Honorable Mentions

Pelton: Nurkic and Aminu Earn All-Defense Honorable Mentions

Kevin Pelton of ESPN breaks down his NBA All-Defense ballot and DPOY candidates. The Portland Trail Blazers’ defensive improvement has been aided by Jusuf Nurkic holding down the middle and Al-Farouq Aminu staying with more mobile big men. While Blazer fans can debate their roles on offense, one thing is clear: the Blazers’ defensive identity runs through both of these players. Aminu’s ability to play small ball and Nurkic’s presence in the paint has allowed Portland to hold opponents to 103.3 points per game, fifth best in the league. As awards season approaches, Defensive Player...
Blazer's Edge Apr 5, 2018
Favale: Nurkic Will Be “Overhyped” in 2018 NBA Free Agency

Favale: Nurkic Will Be “Overhyped” in 2018 NBA Free Agency

Dan Favale of Bleacher Report looks at players who could be overpaid or overhyped in free agency given the lack of exciting free agents. Jusuf Nurkic has turned up his play in the last two months as the Portland Trail Blazers try to hold off other Western Conference teams for the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. The big man will also most likely be a restricted free agent this summer, with potential suitors circling around him. Given this, Nurkic is under more pressure than others entering the playoffs. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, looking ahead to NBA Free Agency, sifts through players that...
ClutchPoints Apr 4, 2018
Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic on upcoming free agency

Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic on upcoming free agency

Free agency has always been a big deal for players. To sign with a team that doesn’t exactly fit one’s capabilities and talents could mean the end of a career. Especially for Portland Trail Blazers’ young center Jusuf Nurkić, who’s slowly on the rise to become one of the top centers in the league. He recently […] The post Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic on upcoming free agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Apr 4, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic Facing Pressure to Perform in Playoffs

Jusuf Nurkic Facing Pressure to Perform in Playoffs

Ben Golliver of SI.com lists Portland’s center among five players who will feel the heat in the post-season. The Portland Trail Blazers have assured themselves of a spot in the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a 48-30 record, good for 3rd in the Western Conference. When they hit the first round two weeks from now, center Jusuf Nurkic will be expected to carry his share of the load. His talent, position, and contract status all mandate a good post-season performance, else the consequences could be dramatic for the 23-year-old center. Ben Golliver of SI.com illustrated this point, placing Nurkic...
Blazer's Edge Apr 4, 2018
Dennis Smith Captains Mavericks to Victory over Blazers

Dennis Smith Captains Mavericks to Victory over Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic shows strong and the bench played well, but Portland’s defense was missing in action and the Mavericks made them pay. The Dallas Mavericks won’t reach 30 wins this season. Dirk Nowitzki is 342 years old, the Nerlens Noel experiment has been a disaster, and even his mom doesn’t think Harrison Barnes is a #1 option in an NBA offense. None of that stopped the Mavericks from rolling past a devil-may-care (cuz we sure don’t) Portland Trail Blazers defense tonight. If the Blazers brought any resistance into American Airlines Center, they left it in the locker room. A good...
Blazer's Edge Apr 3, 2018
Yawn. Blazers Sleepwalk Through 115-109 Loss To Mavericks.

Yawn. Blazers Sleepwalk Through 115-109 Loss To Mavericks.

Debacle in Dallas, as the Blazers laid a late Easter Egg against the Mavs, their second loss to a tanking team in one week. Ouch. The Blazers struggled to hit shots and defend all night in Dallas, while the Mavericks brought the energy and stole a 115-109 win on their home court. Damian Lillard led the Blazers, with support from Jusuf Nurkic. CJ McCollum, Shabazz Napier, and Al-Farouq Aminu also scored in double-figures. Here are a few non-essentials from this game. Not a Third-Seed Performance. A classic “test how much of a Blazers fan you are” game, Portland mailed it in throughout,...

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