9:03 AM EST, Fri January 18, 2019
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Blazers vs. Pelicans Preview

Blazers vs. Pelicans Preview

The Blazers look to further solidify their revenge against the Pelicans Friday night. Portland Trail Blazers (27-19) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (21-24) Friday, January 18th, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: Moe Harkless (questionable), Caleb Swanigan (questionable)Pelicans injuries: NoneHow to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)How to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)Radio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: The Bird Writes The Portland Trail Blazers take on the New Orleans Pelicans following a win over the...
16 hours ago
Blazers Recall Swanigan from G-League

Blazers Recall Swanigan from G-League

The Blazers’ sophomore averaged 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in four games with the Texas Legends. Early Thursday afternoon it was announced that Caleb Swanigan would be recalled from the G-League. Joe Freeman of The Oregonian was first with the news. Blazers announce that Caleb Swanigan has been recalled from the G-League and will rejoin the team. He averaged 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in four games with the Texas Legends.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) January 17, 2019 Swanigan played 4 games for the Texas Legends, starting one, where he averaged 22.6 minutes per night shooting...
17 hours ago
Lillard Still 6th Among West Guards in Fan Vote

Lillard Still 6th Among West Guards in Fan Vote

In the last return before voting closes Jan. 21, Lillard’s place remains unchanged. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is still sixth among Western Conference guards in the NBA All-Star Game fan vote, the NBA announced Thursday. Lillard also placed sixth in the first and second returns. He currently has 851,125 fan votes, just ahead of DeMar DeRozan (850,415 votes) and below Klay Thompson (1.12 million votes): Guards 1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 2,979,080 2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 2,712,938 3. James Harden (HOU) 2,315,093 4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 2,090,432 5. Klay Thompson (GSW)...
18 hours ago
Lopez Helped Lillard Start Napping

Lopez Helped Lillard Start Napping

The master sleeper talks about his impact on Lillard with K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Robin Lopez left the Portland Trail Blazers in the summer of 2015 after two seasons, but his impact is still felt in the organization. As Lopez, a master of sleep, tells K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, he was the one that put Blazers star Damian Lillard on to napping: “You do have to adjust a bit,” Lopez said. “I could only watch one episode of my silly sitcoms instead of two before I passed out.” But Lopez doesn’t just pass out. He also passes on his weary wisdom. “Damian...
19 hours ago
Ringer Suggests McCollum for Aaron Gordon Trade

Ringer Suggests McCollum for Aaron Gordon Trade

Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer aims to solve the main problems for each team involved. The NBA Trade Deadline is exactly three weeks away, which means hypothetical trade ideas are all the rave. One Portland Trail Blazers trade idea comes via The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks, who suggests a deal centered on swapping CJ McCollum and Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon. Tjarks highlights the often-said point about Portland’s undersized backcourt as a need for change: He and Lillard seem to have a good relationship, and there doesn’t appear to be any friction about their place in the pecking...
19 hours ago
Curry Wants Invite to 3-Point Contest

Curry Wants Invite to 3-Point Contest

Curry tells Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl that he wants the 3-point contest to be a family affair. Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry is making it clear that he wants to represent the Blazers at NBA All-Star Weekend, specifically in the 3-Point Contest. Curry is qualified (he currently leads the league in 3-point shooting at 48.7 percent), but he also wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Dell, he told Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl: “I’ve always wanted to ever since my dad shot in it a long time ago,” said Seth of his desire to complete in the Three-Point Contest....
19 hours ago
Watch: Nurkic Posts First Career Triple-Double

Watch: Nurkic Posts First Career Triple-Double

The Trail Blazers put together a highlight video from Nurkic’s memorable night. Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic secured his first career triple-double Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, posting a stat line of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Blazers have put together a highlight video to honor Nurkic’s feat: Nurkic also blocked five shots on the night. Portland will need his presence when they next suit up against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
20 hours ago
How Does Jusuf Nurkic Compare to NBA All-Star Caliber Centers?

How Does Jusuf Nurkic Compare to NBA All-Star Caliber Centers?

Jusuf Nurkic is having a very strong season, but does he deserve to be in the All-Star game? The Portland Blazers sit at 4th in the Western Conference standings, and have done so with largely the same roster as last season. While other teams have had more hype, the Blazers continue to quietly win games at a well above-average clip. They are powered, as they have been for a half decade now, by the superstar power of Damian Lillard, but have gotten help from other areas as well. Perhaps the second-best player on the Blazers this season has been 24 year old center Jusuf Nurkic, who has really...
Jan 17, 2019
Blazers, Cavaliers Break NBA Turnover Record

Blazers, Cavaliers Break NBA Turnover Record

Portland, Cleveland play a cleaner game than has ever been seen. The Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers appear to have broken an an NBA record for fewest combined turnovers in a game. Wednesday night’s 129-112 Portland victory featured just 7 turnovers between the teams. Turnovers have only been compiled since the 1970-71 NBA season. Not to be outdone, the official records posted at NBA.com appear to have stopped updating in 2005. But a quick search at Wikipedia bolstered by another at basketball-reference indicates that before tonight, the record stood at 9 turnovers, reached...
Jan 17, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic Triple-Double Blasts Blazers Over the Cavs

Jusuf Nurkic Triple-Double Blasts Blazers Over the Cavs

The Bosnian Beast feasts on the poor Cavaliers. Jusuf Nurkic finished with an ever-so-evasive triple-double for the first time in his career tonight, adding 5 blocks, to help the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Cleveland Caviliers by a score of 129-112. Damian Lillard scored 33 for the Blazers. Nurkic and Lillard looked to be done for the game after the third quarter with Portland up by 19, but the Cavs made a comeback, forcing the starters back in the game and allowing Nurkic to hit his milestone. Dame On Early on, all eyes were on Damian Lillard and his strained right hand. Lillard was...
Jan 17, 2019
Blazers Coast Past Cavs 129-112

Blazers Coast Past Cavs 129-112

Portland snaps a two-game slide behind hot three-point shooting and a triple-double from the Bosnian Beast. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-112 on Wednesday night, bouncing back in their return to Moda Center after back-to-back losses on the road. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 33 points, while Jordan Clarkson led the Cavs with 22. Here are a few key takeaways from tonight’s game: Triple-double! Jusuf Nurkic recorded the team’s first triple-double since 2014 thanks to a late flurry of dimes down the stretch. The big man finished with an even 10...
Jan 16, 2019
Gameday Thread: Cavs at Blazers

Gameday Thread: Cavs at Blazers

The Blazers and Cavs tip off at 7:00 on NBC Sports Northwest. Tip-off: 7:00 pmWatch: NBC Sports Northwest
Jan 16, 2019
Blazers Receive a ‘B’ on Midseason NBA Report Card

Blazers Receive a ‘B’ on Midseason NBA Report Card

Dan Favale of Bleacher Report grades Portland’s up-and-down season. The Portland Trail Blazers’ season to this point has been the typical up-and-down campaign that’s become the norm in recent years. With the Blazers (26-19) currently No. 5 in the Western Conference, Dan Favale of Bleacher Report gave Portland a “B” at the midway point of the season: Their losing record against Western Conference teams is an eyebrow-raiser, but they’ve put up good fights against the Warriors, Rockets and Thunder in recent weeks. There might be a rivalry brewing between them and the...
Jan 16, 2019
Lillard Feels Like He’s on a ‘Different Level’ This Year

Lillard Feels Like He’s on a ‘Different Level’ This Year

Lillard talks about his confidence at this point in the season with Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is feeling great about his season so far. Portland is sitting fifth in the Western Conference, and his MVP-like numbers are making a strong case for yet another NBA All-Star Game appearance. Lillard talked about his confidence to this point with Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl: “I do feel that I’m on a different level this season,” said Lillard. “In the past, it was always like, explosive. I would have like a six-game stretch where I’d...
Jan 16, 2019
Nurkic’s efficiency has improved. But not in the way you think.

Nurkic’s efficiency has improved. But not in the way you think.

The Bosnian Beast has been taking and making more free throws this year, compensating for a continued inability to finish close to the basket. Jusuf Nurkic has been really darn good this year for the Portland Trail Blazers. Especially in the month of January, where he’s averaged 17.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 28 minutes per game. Nurkic’s improved effectiveness for the Blazers has been a revelation — he was knocked last season for struggling to finish plays and being a generally inefficient player. But this year his efficiency has improved; Nurkic’s true shooting...