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What the Blazers need to do to get back in this series

The Blazers need better guard play if they want to beat the Pelicans. The Blazers are in an 0-2 hole and looked like the inferior team for much of the series. Our friends at NBC Sports Northwest tweeted this disheartening stat about Portland’s chances going forward. #TheSevenPercent #ripcity https://t.co/ebVv6WTA9k pic.twitter.com/whR1XF4gOH — NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) […] What the Blazers need to do to get back in this series - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 18, 2018

Injury bug hurting Blazers’ already tough playoff chances

The injury bug has finally caught up with the Portland Trail Blazers after hitting several competing teams during the regular season. Injuries to premier players have highlighted this NBA season. Gordon Hayward played less than six minutes for the Boston Celtics before suffering a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle. Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL and […] Injury bug hurting Blazers’ already tough playoff chances - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 18, 2018

Trail Blazers should retain Shabazz Napier for multiple years

Portland’s backup point guard has made a name for himself in Rip City, and Blazers fans should hope he doesn’t go elsewhere in the offseason. The Blazers find themselves in a tight fight against he New Orleans Pelicans. It’s the first round playoff series in the 2018 Western Conference NBA Playoffs. This is a familiar […] Trail Blazers should retain Shabazz Napier for multiple years - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 18, 2018

Portland Trail Blazers bested by New Orleans Pelicans again, 111-102

The best-of-seven matchup now moves to New Orleans for a Thursday game at the Smoothie King Center. The Blazers are down 0-2, and Dame and CJ are getting outplayed by Rondo and Holiday. Unable to contain either Jrue Holiday or Rajon Rondo (16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists) — not to mention Anthony Davis […] Portland Trail Blazers bested by New Orleans Pelicans again, 111-102 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 17, 2018

Coach’s Decision: Did Terry Stotts make the right call?

Did going for a layup with less than 10 seconds to go while down by three make sense? Yes! On a disappointing night in the Moda Center, it’s only natural to find a scapegoat. Blame poor shooting, a lack of aggression by Jusuf Nurkic or bad defense on Anthony Davis. Whatever you do, don’t blame Coach […] Coach’s Decision: Did Terry Stotts make the right call? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 16, 2018

Blazers need to capitalize on home court advantage

The Portland Trail Blazers worked hard to earn home court advantage in the playoffs, but proceeded to lose Game 1 to the New Orleans Pelicans. Coming off a 13-game win streak, the Portland Trail Blazers re-focused its attention to obtaining home court advantage in the playoffs. Despite four straight losses and the threat of a […] Blazers need to capitalize on home court advantage - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 16, 2018

In wake of Game 1 loss, Blazers’ Damian Lillard asks, ‘Why not some adversity?’

A revealing interview with the Trail Blazers’ all-everything guards should remind Rip City that — even though things may sometimes look bad from the outside — the core of the team remains undaunted. Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest published a story Sunday that sheds some additional light on the calm at the center of […] In wake of Game 1 loss, Blazers’ Damian Lillard asks, ‘Why not some adversity?’ - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 15, 2018

What did we learn about Blazers in Game 1 loss to Pelicans?

The New Orleans Pelicans throttled the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Moda Center in Game 1 of their playoff series. Should Rip City worry? Good news: The Trail Blazers fought, scratched and clawed their way back into a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on a night in which Portland’s stars couldn’t hit […] What did we learn about Blazers in Game 1 loss to Pelicans? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 15, 2018

Lillard and McCollum outworked by Rondo and Holiday in Game 1

In the opening game loss to New Orleans, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 37 points on 13/41 shooting. The NBA announces its end-of-season awards in June, but speculation is reaching peak levels. Although MVP and Rookie of the Year make most headlines, competition is strong for the two All-Defense teams. The New Orleans […] Lillard and McCollum outworked by Rondo and Holiday in Game 1 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 15, 2018

Trail Blazers lose Game 1 to New Orleans Pelicans, 97-95

The Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans opened their best-of-seven series Saturday night at the Moda Center. It was almost all Pelicans. Some of the keys for the Portland Trail Blazers in their match-up with the New Orleans Pelicans: Grab more rebounds than New Orleans. They did: 52-49. Make a lot of threes. […] Trail Blazers lose Game 1 to New Orleans Pelicans, 97-95 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 14, 2018

How far must Blazers go in playoffs for season to be a success?

In the latest installment of the Rip City Project Roundtable, we look at what playoff result can be deemed a success for this Blazers team. Riding a top-ten defense for the first time in years, the Portland Trail Blazers finished third in a crowded Western Conference. The team’s seeding and Northwest Division title certainly surpassed […] How far must Blazers go in playoffs for season to be a success? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 13, 2018

Curry’s injury makes getting the 3rd seed worth it for Blazers

Assuming the Blazers advance in this year’s playoffs, Stephen Curry’s potential absence could make the Warriors a favorable second-round matchup. Defeating the Utah Jazz in the final regular season game didn’t change Portland’s first round opponent. In any result, the Blazers faced the New Orleans Pelicans with home court advantage. The higher seeding did change […] Curry’s injury makes getting the 3rd seed worth it for Blazers - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 13, 2018

Three keys to the Blazers’ first-round playoff series against the Pelicans

The Portland Trail Blazers open their 2018 postseason Saturday night at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. What’s it gonna take to win the series? The Blazers and Pelicans met four times during the 2017-2018 season. And, as our own Nate Mann has documented, the teams split the season series at two games apiece. What […] Three keys to the Blazers’ first-round playoff series against the Pelicans - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 12, 2018

Despite tied season series, Blazers have edge in playoff series

By defeating the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers earned its highest playoff seeding since the 1999-2000 season at third in the West. No matter the outcome of Wednesday night’s game versus Utah, the Portland Trail Blazers had its first round opponent already set. Win or loss, the team would host the New Orleans Pelicans. […] Despite tied season series, Blazers have edge in playoff series - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Apr 12, 2018

Trail Blazers must carry close-out mentality into playoffs

The Blazers beat the Utah Jazz Wednesday night, securing both the third seed in the West and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. There was a lot to like about the Trail Blazers’ thrashing of the streaking Utah Jazz on Wednesday. First and foremost, it meant the Blazers would begin the 2018 NBA […] Trail Blazers must carry close-out mentality into playoffs - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More