1. Blazers-Kings: Preview

    The Kings and Blazers are two teams heading in similar directions. The Kings, once an almost-respectable 5-8 have dropped their last two games, leaving them ahead of only about seven teams, record-wise...

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  2. The Blazers begin a crucial road challenge, starts with the Kings

    Sitting at 7-5 is hardly an enviable position. Even worse, after an extended five game road trip that ended with a home game on the backend of a back-to-back, Portland is now back on the road for another back-to-back...

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  3. Blazers, Warriors, and Bulls: Runs Are the Difference

    When Golden State ran out to an early lead and my wife got worried, I replied, "If there is one team in the lead you don't worry about when they get an early lead, it is New York. But if there are two, the second one is Golden State...

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  4. Portland Trailblazers: A Glance Back and a Look Ahead

    The Blazers bench looked to be the big advantage Portland had over the Hornets. Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw have both played exceptionally well in the first two games of the road trip...

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  5. Preview:Portland At New Orleans

    Last season early on I looked at the rosters and predicted a Portland victory. I was wrong. The Hornets came out and controlled the game start to finish, cruising to an easy win. I was not alone in missing...

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  6. Portland Trailblazers All-Forgotten Team

    The names roll off the tongue. Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, Mychal Thompson, Jim Paxson, Kiki Vandeweghe, Clyde Drexler, Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Roy...

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  7. Rudy Fernandez: Portland Trail Blazers' Bench Is the Key to Their Success

    Last year, tight games meant Portland looked for two things—Brandon Roy showing his other-worldly ability to penetrate virtually any defense, and Travis Outlaw going unconscious and hitting everything in sight...

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  8. Brandon Roy Leads the Portland Trailblazers: Forget the "Need for a Veteran"

    It sounds like the set-up line for a bad joke: "What do you call a road game against Eastern Conference contenders Orlando Magic?"Answer: A relief...

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  9. 1.9 seconds: long enough for a tie, 2 lead changes, and redemption

    After the Rockets won the tip they went inside to Yao Ming for a short lay-up attempt. Somehow, someway, Joel "The Thrilla" Przybilla blocked it...

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  10. Trail Blazers-Suns: Why the Hate for Travis Outlaw?

    Portland played pretty well for half a game in Phoenix. Unfortunately, that half extended from late in the first quarter until early in the third quarter. Before and after those periods, they flat-out got toasted...

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  11. 1-1 Portland at 1-1 Phoenix

    Coming off the emotional one point home win against the Spurs, the Blazers face another team that has been a tremendous nemesis. Suns games have been an exercise in futility for the Blazers recently...

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  12. Boom Boom Batum: Did Portland find their defensive stopper?

    In L.A. the Blazers started slow. They came close to recovering at one point before fading. Tonight against the Spurs they again started slowly, shooting in the low to mid 30s throughout the first quarter...

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  13. Preview:0-1 San Antonio at 0-1 Portland

    The situation could be considered bleak. 0-12. O for Brandon Roy's career. o for LaMarcus Aldridge's career. Projected starting Center and Rookie of the Year hopeful center Greg Oden out...

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  14. Ouch: Blazers get blown away in game one

    I was bummed when Coach Nate McMillan switched his line-up, inserting ace sixth-man Travis Outlaw in the Small Forward slot instead of Rookie Nicolas Batum...

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  15. Preview:Opening Night, Portland at Las Angeles

    This season comes with high expectations for both teams. The Lakers want to return to the Finals, and this time to close the deal. To do that, they need to win enough games to gain the home court advantage...

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  16. Preview: April

    At 47-27, the Blazers will have already exceeded the expectations many people had for them in the preseason but will be behind what others expected them to do.  They start off April in Oklahoma to face the pseudo-expansion Thunder...

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  17. Preview: March

    March opens at home against the Spurs. Portland needs to win this one to show they have legitimately arrived and when they get into the playoffs, they will not simply go quietly...

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  18. Preview:February Post All-Star Game

    Early in the season Portland had to find out how good they were. They had to settle some issues regarding how NBA ready guys like Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Greg Oden, and Nicolas Batum were...

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  19. Preview: February Pre-All-Star Game

    Coming off their home win over Utah, the Blazers will be riding high going into their game in New Orleans. This is one of those games where on paper, the Hornets SHOULD win...but the Blazers are capable of pulling off the upset...

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  20. Preview:January

    After the home loss to Boston, the Blazers will face soon to be arch rival New Orleans. This should be an awesome game. Tyson Chandler has the defensive skills to cause problems for Oden and West can be a nightmare on offense...

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  21. Blazer Preview:December

    An 11-7 record is not particularly awesome and will probably have Portland about the middle of the pack or below, possibly even in the classic (and pointless) "out of the playoffs if they started today" scenario...

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  22. Blazer Preview:November

    Portland should split their first two games and head to Phoenix at .500. Phoenix has a new look this year. Long gone are the Matrix and Mike D'Antoni. In their place are the Big Cactus and Coach Terry Porter...

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  23. Blazer Preview:October

    The Blazers look to improve this year. To do that, they will need to beat Western Conference Playoff teams and beat them often. Should they prove incapable of doing that, they will fail to improve their record and the playoff dream will be deferred...

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  24. Blazer Preview:October

    The Blazers look to improve this year. To do that, they will need to beat Western Conference Playoff teams and beat them often. Should they prove incapable of doing that, they will fail to improve their record and the playoff dream will be deferred...

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  25. Blazers Preseason: Texas Hold 'Em at its Finest

    The NBA Preseason is, in many ways, the most irrelevant thing in basketball today this side of the WNBA. The final scores don't matter, the record bears no relationship to the regular ...

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