12:54 PM EDT, Sat March 23, 2019
38 mins ago
Layman Focused on ‘Powering Through’ Cold Streak

Layman Focused on ‘Powering Through’ Cold Streak

Trail Blazers forward Jake Layman spoke with The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman about his bounce-back game against the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers’ 126-118 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday was important for their position in the Western Conference and crucial for Jake Layman’s confidence. After converting just a single three-point shot through eight games, the former Maryland standout found his rhythm in the second half of Portland’s win over Dallas. Layman ended the night with 13 points thanks to a 3-6 performance from beyond arc. After the game, The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman...
1 hour ago
Player Movement: Monroe Agrees to Contract With Celtics

Player Movement: Monroe Agrees to Contract With Celtics

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Former Trail Blazers target Greg Monroe is joining the Celtics on a 10-day contract. The Boston Celtics added depth to their post rotation for the playoff push by signing experienced big man Greg Monroe. According the The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the two sides agreed to a 10-day contract on Friday. Monroe, a 28-year-old veteran center, hasn’t appeared on the court since the Raptors cut ties with him prior to the All-Star break. Free agent center Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell...
1 hour ago
Damian Lillard May Be Better than Anyone Imagined

Damian Lillard May Be Better than Anyone Imagined

How many more levels does this guy have? It’s that time of year again...no not March Madness, it’s that time when someone inevitably writes the “oh yeah this Damian Lillard character is REALLY freaking good” article to remind us all that, yeah the dude is really freaking good. With CJ McCollum down for an unknown amount of time due to a Popliteus strain in his left knee, it wasn’t exactly a stretch of the imagination to assume that Lillard would pick up the slack a bit. To expect him to crank out some of his best and most efficient performances of his career while also making it...
11 hours ago
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons

The Blazers aim for three in a row as they take on the Pistons. Portland Trail Blazers (44-27) vs. Detroit Pistons (37-34) Saturday, March 23th - 7:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: CJ McCollum (out)Pistons injuries: NoneHow to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA TVHow to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTVRadio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: Detroit Bad Boys The Portland Trail Blazers have played two games since the night CJ McCollum got injured, and they have two wins. Meanwhile, every team around them in the standings has lost at least once during that time period. Portland now finds...
17 hours ago
Allen Crabbe Supports High School Alma Mater

Allen Crabbe Supports High School Alma Mater

The former Trail Blazers and current Nets guard gives generously to the school his family founded, and for which he played high school basketball. Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe is putting his $18.5 million contract to good use. Ben Golliver of the Washington Post profiled Crabbe’s gift towards his alma mater, Frederick K.C. Price III Christian Schools of Los Angeles. Named for Crabbe’s grandfather, the K-12 institution found itself struggling to make up a budgetary shortfall last summer when Crabbe stepped in with a significant donation. Golliver quotes Crabbe’s...
21 hours ago
CJ McCollum Returns to Practice

CJ McCollum Returns to Practice

The star guard isn’t going all out yet, but he’s going. Multiple media members are reporting that injured guard CJ McCollum has returned to the Portland Trail Blazers practice facility today. He is not participating in full drills, but is engaging in ball-handling and passing work. McCollum sustained a Popliteus strain in his left knee during Portland’s March 16th contest with the San Antonio Spurs. He was expected to be re-evaluated in a week, but no timetable for his return was (or is) set. Joe Freeman of The Oregonian tweeted the news. CJ McCollum is doing some (very) light...
22 hours ago
Blazers Mock Draft Round-Up: Bracket Edition

Blazers Mock Draft Round-Up: Bracket Edition

The NBA Draft experts have delivered a fresh set of mock drafts, what are they predicting for the Trail Blazers? The NCAA Tournament is underway and the pool of prospects that the Trail Blazers will choose from in the 2019 NBA Draft are on display. Once again, Portland’s President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey will look to the latter stages of the first round to supplement the Blazers’ roster. While most pundits hustled to deliver their bracket predictions, the NBA-centric analysts put together a fresh crop of mock drafts. With an established guard tandem of Damian Lillard and...
23 hours ago
Sharp: NBA “Supermax” Contract Experiment is Failing

Sharp: NBA “Supermax” Contract Experiment is Failing

Maximum contract offers aren’t keeping superstars in place and are costing teams huge money for players who might not merit it. The NBA Supermax Contract system is failing hard, according to Andrew Sharp, writing for Sports Illustrated. The provision, enacted in the Summer of 2016 after Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, allowed incumbent teams to compensate designated players (who meet certain league-wide awards criteria) with longer deals and a larger percentage of their salary cap than other teams can offer. This opened the door for enormous...
Mar 22, 2019
Damian Lillard is the Best Hope for Portland to Win a Post-Season Award

Damian Lillard is the Best Hope for Portland to Win a Post-Season Award

Frank Urbina lists the most likely candidate to win a league-wide award from all 30 NBA franchises. Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard is a darkhorse candidate for 2019 NBA MVP. If if the Blazers are going to earn any league-wide awards this season, Frank Urbina of HoopsHype says Lillard provides their best shot. Urbina runs down all 30 NBA franchises, pinpointing their most obvious hope for national accolades. Awards range from Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player to the big one. Urbina quotes Lillard’s famous assertion, “I’m one of the best players in the NBA....
Mar 22, 2019
The Ringer Admires Terry Stotts, Portland’s Seeding Run

The Ringer Admires Terry Stotts, Portland’s Seeding Run

Dan Devine is bullish on the Blazers coping with CJ McCollum’s knee injury. The Portland Trail Blazers are 2-0 so far without starting shooting guard CJ McCollum—out with a knee injury—and according to Dan Devine of The Ringer, that makes them one of the most interesting teams in all the NBA right now. Devine places the Blazers among the top five (team-oriented) stories in the league, and stands in wonder of Head Coact Terry Stotts’ ability to adapt. Or in this case, head back to a familiar well with point guard Damian Lillard... Stotts has designed all manner of ways to get his...
Mar 21, 2019
[Podcast] Tour of NBA Arenas with Amara Baptist

[Podcast] Tour of NBA Arenas with Amara Baptist

Amara Baptist, the woman behind Trail Blazers social media, joins the Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.) podcast to talk about being on the road. On the latest WHAT podcast, Tara and Cassidy talk to Blazers Digital Content Manager Amara Baptist to find out more about life on the road. Pizza rolls. Fro-yo. Ugly photo vests. Bench reactions. Take a tour of the NBA Arenas with someone who has seen them all! Download the episode Highlights 00:55 Icebreaker: what is your go-to game snack? Tip: Ice cream sandwiches on the 300 level at the Moda center are the best! 3:38 How is the first season...
Mar 21, 2019
Summer League Will Feature Chinese, Croatian National Teams

Summer League Will Feature Chinese, Croatian National Teams

The 2019 Summer League Tournament marks the first time two international teams have joined all 30 NBA teams in competition. The NBA has announced that both the Chinese and Croatian national teams will join the field at this year’s NBA Summer League. While China played at Summer League 2007, this marks the first time the Croatian national team will join the tournament. Summer League will run from July 5-15 at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This year’s tournament will begin with pool play, with each team playing four games, followed by a...
Mar 21, 2019
Open Thread: 2019 NCAA March Madness

Open Thread: 2019 NCAA March Madness

Enjoy Thursday’s games with your fellow Blazer fans! 16 games over about 12 hours. March Madness is here! If you want to chat about the games, feel free to hang out and enjoy the events. Here is today’s schedule at ESPN.
Mar 21, 2019
Stotts Reflects on His Time With Dirk in Dallas

Stotts Reflects on His Time With Dirk in Dallas

Dwain Price of Mavs.com relayed Stotts’ trip down memory lane of his Mavericks assistant days. Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks under Rick Carlisle before taking on his current role in Portland. Stotts was with the team from 2008-2012, having a front row seat to the Mavs’ championship in 2011. In his time with Dallas, Stotts got to know franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki very well. With Nowitzki in town to play the Blazers, Stotts reflected on his time spent with the big man, as relayed by Dwain Price of Mavs.com: Stotts,...
Mar 21, 2019
Nurkic ‘A Lot of Room to Grow’ on Foul Troubles

Nurkic ‘A Lot of Room to Grow’ on Foul Troubles

Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest details how Nurkic’s foul accumulation is a work in progress. Jusuf Nurkic brings a certain edge and aggressiveness to Portland Trail Blazers’ offense and defense that is needed. However, sometimes this spark gets him in foul trouble, and that can work to keep Nurkic more subdued when the Blazers need him most. Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest talked to Nurkic about his foul troubles that are a work in progress: The Trail Blazers center spends day after day watching film to review his fouls, whether it’s a foul at the rim or a moving screen....