2:05 PM EST, Sun February 28, 2021
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NBA Postpones 34th Game of the Season

NBA Postpones 34th Game of the Season

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Chicago at Toronto has been postponed because the Raptors did not have the league minimum number of players. For the 34th time this season, the NBA has postponed a game, and for the 30th time, it is due to the fact that one of the contesting teams does not have the league minimum number of players. The league announced that the Chicago Bulls matchup versus the Toronto Raptors in Tampa will not take place due to positive test results and additional contact tracing, leading the Raptors unable to field the eight players to meet league...
23 hours ago
G League Bubble Could Hold Hidden Options for the Blazers

G League Bubble Could Hold Hidden Options for the Blazers

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Armed with an open roster spot and a vacant two-way contract slot, the Trail Blazers have options if they turn their attention to the G League bubble. The injury-depleted Trail Blazers have three available avenues to bolster their roster for the second half of the season. Outside of executing a pre-deadline trade, Portland can sign multiple players to fill out the bottom of its roster. The Blazers currently possess a vacant traditional roster spot and an open two-way contract slot. The Blazers should be active in the buyout market later...
Feb 27, 2021
Hood’s Contract Holds Trade Value for Trail Blazers

Hood’s Contract Holds Trade Value for Trail Blazers

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz discussed the hidden value that Rodney Hood’s contract holds for the Trail Blazers. Rodney Hood’s return to the floor after last year’s Achilles injury has gotten off to an uninspiring start. Through 27 appearances with the Trail Blazers this season, Hood is averaging 4.9 points per game and shooting 36.4 percent from the field. Hood’s slow start captured the attention of Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz inside his league-wide look at less-than-ideal contracts. For the Blazers, Hood’s newly-signed extension...
Feb 27, 2021
Jones Jr. Will Not Defend his Dunk Competition Title

Jones Jr. Will Not Defend his Dunk Competition Title

Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. revealed that he does not plan on participating in the 2021 NBA Dunk Competition. High-flying Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. is not planning on competing in next month’s dunk competition. Jones, who took home the trophy in the 2020 event, told Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl that he will not defend his crown at the 2021 All-Star Game showcase. After winning the 2020 contest, @TheRea1DJones says he is NOT competing in the 2021 NBA Dunk Contest.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold)...
Feb 27, 2021
Sabonis to Serve as Durant’s Replacement in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Sabonis to Serve as Durant’s Replacement in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis will replace injured Nets forward Kevin Durant in the 2021 All-Star Game. Following an injury update, it was announced that Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis will replace Nets star Kevin Durant in next month’s NBA All-Star Game. Durant, who has missed time due to a hamstring injury, will relinquish his spot as an Eastern Conference starter as he recovers. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps delivered the news on Friday. Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant will remain out until after the All-Star break due to a...
Feb 27, 2021
Blitzing Defense Disarms Blazers’ High-Scoring Offense in Loss to Lakers

Blitzing Defense Disarms Blazers’ High-Scoring Offense in Loss to Lakers

Damian Lillard explained how the Lakers’ defense made things difficult for the Trail Blazers in the second half of Friday’s loss. The Trail Blazers’ current losing streak extended to four games after a low-scoring 102-93 loss to the Lakers on Friday. In the second half, Portland’s offense struggled with turnovers and efficiency—recording just 36 points in the final 24 minutes of action. After the game, Damian Lillard explained how the Lakers interrupted the Blazers’ smooth-running offense. The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress highlighted Lillard’s comments. “In the...
Feb 27, 2021
Lillard Shines, but Lakers Defense Outlasts Blazers

Lillard Shines, but Lakers Defense Outlasts Blazers

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Blazers brought a backcourt to L.A., the Lakers a team. For one half, the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers looked up to the task of topping the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers. If only NBA games were 24 minutes! After a second half of adjustments and ultra-aggressive defense, the Lakers were able to pull away for a 102-93 victory. The loss sends Portland to 18-14, and back into the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference standings. The silver lining is that Portland only has three games left before getting an entire week off to rest...
Feb 27, 2021
Lakers Defense Quashes Blazers Offense

Lakers Defense Quashes Blazers Offense

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Damian Lillard was brilliant, but his team didn’t show up in loss to Lakers. The Portland Trail Blazers showed up to face the Los Angeles Lakers ready to break a three-game losing streak and establish themselves against the World Champions. Damian Lillard did his best Gladys Knight impression, taking the microphone and belting it out, keeping all eyes on him. Unfortunately, his teammates were barely half a Pip. Lillard scored 35, but LeBron James countered with 28. James’ teammates were far superior to Dame’s. Portland shot just 37.8%,...
Feb 26, 2021
Blazers vs. Lakers Game Day Thread

Blazers vs. Lakers Game Day Thread

Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Damian Lillard and LeBron James clash in tonight’s matchup between the Trail Blazers and Lakers. Both the Trail Blazers and Lakers enter Friday’s contest in need of a win. Coach Terry Stotts’ squad is looking to avoid a four-game slide on the heels of a six-game winning streak. LeBron James and the Lakers are also looking to snap a losing streak of their own. Los Angeles enters tonight’s game on a four-game skid. Forget the losing streaks, though. Saturday’s contest features a battle between two bonafide MVP candidates. The...
Feb 26, 2021
McCollum Discusses Injury Rehab & Top Shot Craze During ESPN Appearance

McCollum Discusses Injury Rehab & Top Shot Craze During ESPN Appearance

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joined ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on The Jump to discuss his injury recovery and other topics. Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum dropped in on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s The Jump to discuss his injury rehabilitation, his decision to focus on three-point shooting, and the emergence of NBA Top Shot. Here is the full video of McCollum’s 7-minute appearance with host Rachel Nichols. McCollum and Nichols opened with a discussion that covered the social justice and education initiatives that the Blazers...
Feb 26, 2021
Mario Hezonja Greeted with Warm Welcome from Panathinaikos Fans

Mario Hezonja Greeted with Warm Welcome from Panathinaikos Fans

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Former Trail Blazers wing Mario Hezonja was met by an energetic crowd as he arrived to play for Greek club Panathinaikos. Former Trail Blazers wing Mario Hezonja agreed to a new deal with Greek club Panathinaikos earlier this week and he was greeted by a crowd of energetic fans upon his arrival. On Thursday, video surfaced from the reception that the former lottery pick received when he landed in Greece. This is how Panathinaikos fans greeted Mario Hezonja at the Athens International Airport. (Via https://t.co/4QQhYtiafw / yt)...
Feb 26, 2021
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Blazers look to secure a win in the City of Angels. Portland Trail Blazers (18-13) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-11) The Portland Trail Blazers are in Los Angeles, ending their road trip taking on the Lakers. It has been a tough trip for the Blazers, with their first two games being losses. However, the Lakers have lost their last four games everyone seems to be losing their minds about it. Friday, February 26 - 7:00 p.m. PTHow to watch on TV: NBC Sports Northwest, ESPN, or see games all season on fuboTV, follow on ESPN+, or the ESPN/Disney...
Feb 25, 2021
NBA Needs Fewer Threes, Lillard More All-Star Respect

NBA Needs Fewer Threes, Lillard More All-Star Respect

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Too many threes, not enough All-Star votes for Damian Lillard in the latest episode of Dave and Dia. The Portland Trail Blazers are on a three-game losing streak, but you wouldn’t know it from the latest episode of Dave and Dia, the super most favorite podcast of at least TWO of our Blazer’s Edge staffers! Sure, Dave Deckard and Dia Miller talk about the tough losses and some of the reasons behind them. But they also debate whether three-point shooting is becoming too prevalent in the NBA and share Dave’s absolutely unique,...
Feb 25, 2021
Marks Highlights the Blazers’ Lack of Assets Before the Deadline

Marks Highlights the Blazers’ Lack of Assets Before the Deadline

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via ESPN analyst Bobby Marks examined the assets the Trail Blazers’ pre-deadline assets on Thursday. The Trail Blazers are headed towards next month’s trade deadline with a limited amount of flexibility according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. On Thursday, Marks provided a rundown of the options that each team has as the deadline approaches. For the Blazers, Marks pointed to Portland’s established pillars and meager trade assets outside of that group. In his analysis of the Blazers’ trade assets, Marks explained that Portland’s options...
Feb 25, 2021
NBCA Comments on Timberwolves’ Coaching Decision

NBCA Comments on Timberwolves’ Coaching Decision

Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via The National Basketball Coaches Association delivered a statement that highlighted concerns over the Timberwolves’ decision to move quickly after dismissing coach Ryan Saunders. The Timberwolves decision to quickly hire coach Chris Finch to replace Ryan Saunders caught the attention of the National Basketball Coaches Association. On Wednesday, the NBCA delivered a statement that encouraged all organizations to strive for hiring process that are transparent and include a diverse pool of candidates. It’s always bittersweet when one...