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Rip City Project Jan 17, 2018

The Trail Blazers are definitely better than the Phoenix Suns: Morning Blazer

What’s on our minds this morn? Well, we’re thinking of that nice win against the Phoenix Suns. And we’re wondering about Jusuf Nurkic. Again. Good morning, Rip City. Welcome to your hump day Morning Blazer! Aren’t Wednesday’s so much better when the Trail Blazers win the night before? We think so. Even the gray sky […] The Trail Blazers are definitely better than the Phoenix Suns: Morning Blazer - 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 14, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic Part of Loaded Free-Agent Center Class in the Summer of 2018

Jusuf Nurkic Part of Loaded Free-Agent Center Class in the Summer of 2018

HoopsHype breaks down 2018’s free-agent centers with Nurkic firmly in the middle. The class of free-agent centers this summer is full of big names, and Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic will find himself trying to get paid just like the rest of them. After Nurk was ushered out Denver he went on a blazing 20-game stretch, proving his value to the Blazers—and possibly to other teams, too. But, the big man hasn’t shown his magic consistently enough this season to make him a lock for a big payday. He will still draw interest in free agency, with his combination of youth and...
Blazersedge Jan 13, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic Claims DeMarcus Cousins is “not that tough” in Post-Game Comments

Jusuf Nurkic Claims DeMarcus Cousins is “not that tough” in Post-Game Comments

Nurkic and Cousins brought their on-court feud off the court in post-game video provided by NBC Sports Northwest. Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins are two of most talkative players around the league. When they found themselves tangled up with each other on more than one occasion Friday night, the bad blood spilled into post-game comments. In a video posted by NBC Sports Northwest, Nurkic isn’t too kind of his counterpart: "$#!t, he's not that tough...looks like first team flopping... he's never been to the playoffs..."...
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

Three trades the Portland Trail Blazers could make at the deadline

The Blazers acquired Jusuf Nurkic and Arron Afflalo at recent trade deadlines. Who should Portland target this year, and what will it cost? It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. From mid Jan. until Feb. 7 at 11:59 PM, NBA nerds around the world congregate on blogs and subreddits to relish in the […] Three trades the Portland Trail Blazers could make at the deadline - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 10, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic NBA King of Drawing Flagrant Fouls

Jusuf Nurkic NBA King of Drawing Flagrant Fouls

Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight explains why Nurkic’s face takes such a beating. Every player who makes it to the NBA has talent. Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic stands at seven feet, has a reasonably good jump shot, and can spin in the post fast as a whip. As Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight points out, the Bosnian standout has one other bona fide skill: getting his face whacked. Nurkic accounts for almost 10% of flagrant fouls drawn in the NBA this season, all by himself. If the current rate continues, he will dethrone Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who owns the...
Rip City Project Jan 6, 2018

Beast or Least? Jusuf Nurkic’s inconsistency plagues the Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers never know which version of Jusuf Nurkic will show up. Does he need to get bashed in the face before he can dominate? With a new year comes new ways of thinking. So let’s think outside the box, shall we? Let’s try to find a way to get regular production and effort […] Beast or Least? Jusuf Nurkic’s inconsistency plagues the Portland Trail Blazers - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 5, 2018
Contenders Might Want to Pick Up Cheap Blazers Assets at the Trade Deadline

Contenders Might Want to Pick Up Cheap Blazers Assets at the Trade Deadline

Portland can get ahead and trade free agents they may lose this summer. We look at possible buyers who have high playoff aspirations. As the Portland Trail Blazers recently trudged through games without leader Damian Lillard, it became clear that they were lacking in roster weapons. CJ McCollum is Portland’s clear No. 2 guy, but defenses have frustrated him. Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic range from great to ghastly. Well-paid guys like Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless have packed little punch. Lack of consistency among mainline players in a struggling offense has led head coach Terry...
Rip City Project Jan 3, 2018

Jusuf Nurkic’s numbers are in – and it’s not a pretty sight for the Trail Blazers

A comprehensive and numerical look at Jusuf Nurkic’s production reveals what we’ve suspected all along: He’s a big-time drain on the Trail Blazers offense. Like much of Rip City, we’ve watched with increasing dismay as the Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic has sputtered his way through a lackluster season. And it certainly seems like the team’s […] Jusuf Nurkic’s numbers are in – and it’s not a pretty sight for the Trail Blazers - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 1, 2018
Terry Stotts and the Blame Game

Terry Stotts and the Blame Game

Is Portland’s coach at the center of the Trail Blazers’ struggles? On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Dan Marang break down the Portland Trail Blazers’ miraculous comeback versus the Philadelphia 76ers and the absolute dumpster fire that was the match up with the league-worst Atlanta Hawks. What happened, what went right and/or wrong, what does it mean going forward? Plus breaking Jusuf Nurkic's nose before every game, the rise of Shabazz Napier and whether or not Coach Stotts is to blame for Portland’sthe up and down play. Stream the Podcast...
Blazersedge Dec 29, 2017
Jusuf Nurkic on HoopsHype’s List of the Top 25 Players Under 25

Jusuf Nurkic on HoopsHype’s List of the Top 25 Players Under 25

The Blazers big man comes in at No. 25 on the list curated by Frank Urbina. One of the things that makes Jusuf Nurkic so tantalizing as a player is his youth and the potential that comes along with it. Nurkic is only 23 years old as he goes through his fourth NBA season. He’s gone from an unstable situation with the Denver Nuggets to a leading role with the Portland Trail Blazers. The big man isn’t without his faults (throwing up weak shots on post-ups, giving up easy turnovers), but this a player who only picked up the sport of basketball in his high school years. There’s plenty of...
Blazersedge Dec 29, 2017
Jusuf Nurkic Calls Out Joel Embiid for Being a “Skill Player”

Jusuf Nurkic Calls Out Joel Embiid for Being a “Skill Player”

After Portland’s victory over the 76ers, the Blazers starting center has words for his counterpart. Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic had a fine fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers, helping lead his team to a dramatic, come-from-behind win. But as NBCSportsNW chronicled after the game, Nurkic wasn’t done after the final horn. During post-game interviews, he called out Sixers center Joel Embiid, famous for his high draft position, 20ppg scoring average, and social media presence. Apparently Nurkic was impressed by none of those things. "He tries to be more famous...
Blazersedge Dec 29, 2017
Napier, Nurkic Save Trail Blazers in Victory Over 76ers

Napier, Nurkic Save Trail Blazers in Victory Over 76ers

The Blazers were well on their way to defeat until a pair of fourth-quarter heroes turned around the game. As the fourth quarter of tonight’s Portland Trail Blazers - Philadelphia 76ers game commenced, the Blazers found themselves 75% of the way to a discouraging defeat. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ripping up Portland inside and out while Dario Saric and JJ Redick stroked shots alongside. Damian Lillard sat on the sidelines, injured. Thanks to multiple fouls, Jusuf Nurkic spent much of the game there too. CJ McCollum scored big, but it didn’t seem enough to overcome bad defense and...
Blazersedge Dec 29, 2017
Blazers End Home Losing Streak after Sixers Collapse

Blazers End Home Losing Streak after Sixers Collapse

Behind Shabazz Napier, the resurgent Blazers came back from 18 points down to sink the Sixers, 114-110. Things seemed to be going so well for the Portland Trail Blazers. Even without Damian Lillard, they found a way to lead the Philadelphia 76ers by 1 at halftime in the Moda Center. Then it all fell apart. Philly tore off a 27-8 run in the third quarter, interrupted by an ugly collision that sent Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic to the locker room. Portland responded with a crazy 19-0 run of their own. Joel Embiid and the Sixers slowly melted down, and the Blazers finally won a game at home,...

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