3:11 PM EDT, Mon October 22, 2018
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Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh Forged Bond During Portland Stint

Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh Forged Bond During Portland Stint

The Athletic’s Moke Hamilton examines Vonleh’s career challenges and how former Portland teammate Ed Davis convinced him to bet on himself. Big men Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis have been on the move a fair bit in their respective careers. The Athletic’s Moke Hamilton examines their relationship, forged during their time together in Portland: Although he would spend just two years in Portland, had his experience there not happened, Vonleh would have never had the opportunity to forge one of the most important relationships of his life — that with Ed Davis. Neither knew it at the time,...
3 hours ago
The Good and Bad of the Season So Far

The Good and Bad of the Season So Far

Portland is 2-0. Here’s a list of things going right and a couple that might not be. We’re two games in to the 2018-19 season and the Portland Trail Blazers are 2-0 and NBA Finals-bound. Well, maybe that isn’t quite true, but the team has looked quite good, despite some lingering issues. Here are some things (good and bad) that have stood out to me thus-far. The Good Remember last fall? The Blazers opened up the season playing fairly stingy defense but the offense wasn’t super efficient, right? Actually, before the offensive stagnation set in, Portland opened the 2017-18 season with...
13 hours ago
Blazers vs. Wizards Preview

Blazers vs. Wizards Preview

The Trail Blazers will try and stay undefeated against the Wizards’ star guard duo. Portland Trail Blazers (2-0) vs. Washington Wizards (0-2) Monday, October 22 - 7:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: NoneWizards injuries: Dwight Howard (out)How 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: Bullets Forever The Blazers are trying to start the new season in style with a three-game win streak at home. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.5 points per...
22 hours ago
Lillard, McCollum Feel Playing Together More Is a Good Thing

Lillard, McCollum Feel Playing Together More Is a Good Thing

The backcourt tells Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest why they’re excited that they’re playing together more. Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers have made it an early focus to play Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum together more. The backcourt is feeling good about the change. Lillard believes it’ll make them more efficient, he told Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest: “We did that the whole preseason and so far the first two games, just being out there together – even in practice we’ve been on the same teams a lot more than we have in the past. “I think it’ll...
23 hours ago
Blazers’ Backcourt Makes Portland Worth Watching

Blazers’ Backcourt Makes Portland Worth Watching

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report outlines the one reason to watch every team. If you’re watching the Portland Trail Blazers, it’s likely because of the explosive backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. They’re often pegged as one of the best in the league and for good reason, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report says: Each can lead an offense or burn defenders as an off-ball sniper. Both can conjure up monstrous stat lines on any given night (Lillard had 25 games with 30-plus points, McCollum added seven more). Lillard dazzles with limitless shooting range, explosive athleticism and...
23 hours ago
Chinanu Onuaku Taken No. 2 Overall in G League Draft

Chinanu Onuaku Taken No. 2 Overall in G League Draft

The big man spent training camp and preseason with the Blazers. Recently released Portland Trail Blazers training camp invitee Chinanu Onuaku was drafted No. 2 overall in the G League Draft held on Saturday. The 6-10, 245 lb. former Louisville Cardinal made waves with Portland during the preseason with his hustle on the court and underhand free throw attempts. With the no. 2 overall pick, @greensboroswarm selects @lifeofnanu_32. pic.twitter.com/HJFQBcK1Tj— NBA G League (@nbagleague) October 20, 2018 The 21-year-old out of Baltimore, Maryland has played in six regular season games...
Oct 21, 2018
Breaking Down Zach Collins’ Picture-Perfect Defense

Breaking Down Zach Collins’ Picture-Perfect Defense

He’s young, but Collins is already ahead of the game in the area the Blazers need most. During the off season, Portland Trail Blazers fans were clamoring for a big move. The problem was, the Blazers were unwilling to trade talented young big man Zach Collins. On opening night of the season against the rival Los Angeles Lakers, Collins showed why. Let’s use that game to examine what makes Collins valuable to the Blazers. The Lakers have made it a priority this year to play a small ball lineup. At the 7:10 mark in the first quarter the Lakers subbed in 6 ft. 9 in. Kyle Kuzma, basically...
Oct 21, 2018
Signature Lillard Performance Leads Blazers Past Spurs

Signature Lillard Performance Leads Blazers Past Spurs

Portland captured its second win of the season with a 121-108 victory over the Spurs. Led by a stellar performance from Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers easily dispatched the Spurs 121-108. After a rocky start, Portland captured a lead in the second quarter that they would never relinquish. Former Blazers cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge struggled to get his offense going, which put all the pressure on newcomer DeMar DeRozan. Adding to the Spurs’ struggles was a electric second-half performance from CJ McCollum. Both Lillard and McCollum shot 9-15 from the field, and they combined for 53...
Oct 21, 2018
Recap: Blazers Unfazed By Spursin Easy 121-108 Win

Recap: Blazers Unfazed By Spursin Easy 121-108 Win

Victory was hardly in doubt as the Blazers had fun en route to an easy victory at home against San Antonio The Portland Trail Blazers looked confident and poised as they cruised to a surprisingly easy dismissal of the San Antonio Spurs 121-108 in front of another booming Moda Center crowd. Damian Lillard was in mid, post, whatever-season form you want to call it as the Blazers never really looked to be worried against a new-look Spurs squad searching for identity. Box Score Random thoughts and takeaways: Effortless. On the night Lillard was presented his award for earning All-NBA First...
Oct 20, 2018
Watch Damian Lillard Receive All-NBA Team Honor in Moda Center

Watch Damian Lillard Receive All-NBA Team Honor in Moda Center

The All-Star point guard receives his due in front of the home crowd. Damian Lillard earned First Team All-NBA honors for his fantastic performance in the 2017-18 regular season. Tonight he received his due in a ceremony at the Moda Center before the Trail Blazers faced the San Antonio Spurs. Here is the video of his short, but warm, address to the crowd, courtesy of NBCSports NW. .@Dame_Lillard addresses #RipCity after being honored for his First Team All NBA season pic.twitter.com/QlDgnbyywn— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) October 21, 2018
Oct 20, 2018
Gameday Thread: Spurs at Blazers

Gameday Thread: Spurs at Blazers

The Blazers play LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs tonight at 7:00 on NBC Sports Northwest. San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers Tip-off: 7:00 pmWatch: NBC Sports Northwest Our Preview
Oct 20, 2018
Evan Turner Pushing Tempo Is Great for the Blazers

Evan Turner Pushing Tempo Is Great for the Blazers

The Portland wing has been maligned during his first two seasons, but boy did he help against the Lakers. Portland Trail Blazers guard Nik Stauskas got most of the attention during Portland’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, but Sauce Castillo wouldn’t have been able to do his thing without the supporting role played by Evan Turner. After a couple seasons in no-man’s land, in Game 1 Turner was everything Portland hoped he be when he signed in 2016. For that, he gets the first official “Things Dan Liked” review. When Stauskas started to heat up, it was Turner...
Oct 20, 2018
Where Does Caleb Swanigan Fit In?

Where Does Caleb Swanigan Fit In?

The second-year forward could help fill the void left by the departed Ed Davis this season, thanks to a tenacious rebounding ability and relentless motor. The front court bench of the Portland Trail Blazers will look a little different this upcoming season, as the venerable Ed Davis has moved on to Brooklyn. Zach Collins will almost certainly be the top big man off the bench in terms of minutes, and unless the team opts to go small, the only remaining candidates to help fill the void left by Davis’ departure will be Caleb Swanigan and Meyers Leonard. For Swanigan, the key to seeing the...
Oct 20, 2018
Blazers vs. Spurs Preview

Blazers vs. Spurs Preview

The Blazers will look to make it two in a row to open the season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs. Portland Trail Blazers (1-0) vs. San Antonio Spurs (1-0) Saturday, October 20 - 7:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: Maurice Harkless (probable)Spurs injuries: Dejounte Murray (out), Lonnie Walker (out), Derrick White (out)How 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: Pounding the Rock The Portland Trail Blazers will look to build on their...
Oct 19, 2018
McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson spoke with CJ McCollum about Zach Collins after the Blazers’ opening victory. Nik Stauskas might have stolen the show in the Trail Blazers victory over the Lakers, but Zach Collins’ solid defensive play wasn’t lost on his teammates. The second-year big man recorded six blocks, and closed out the game as starting center Jusuf Nurkic watched from the bench. After the game CJ McCollum gushed about Collins’ superb night to NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson. “Zach was great. He protected the basket. He was fearless. He’s that guy at the rim...