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Portland Trail Blazers 2014-2015 News and Updates
4/29/15 - Things are looking rough for the Portland Trail Blazers. They were unable to win the first three games of the playoffs. Even when they returned to their home court, they struggled. The Trail Blazers managed to get an impressive 109 points, but it was still not enough and the Memphis Grizzlies took the win with 115. Being only one loss away from elimination, Portland managed to rally in their next game and make an incredible comeback, with 31 points in the final quarter, closing a seven point gap and surpassing the Grizzlies by another seven points. With this win, the Trail Blazers still have hope at advancing to the next round. To do so, they will need to win all three of the upcoming games.
4/23/15 - In an usually turn of events, the Portland Trail Blazers are ranked immediately above the Memphis Grizzlies, who have more victories than the Trail Blazers. That small difference can really be felt by Portland, who have lost both of their matchups with the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. If they want to see the second round, the Trail Blazers need to make their move now. Between the two games, they have fallen 29 points behind. None of that will matter, however, if they are able to make a stand when the playoffs come to Portland’s home court. You can attend to see if they are able to turn the tide of the postseason, with tickets starting at $56 for the April 25th game.
4/17/15 - The Portland Trailblazers have finished their final game for the regular season and they now sit in the number four seed in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers have lost their last four games, most recently against the Dallas Mavericks, who occupy the number seven seed. Fans would certainly be more confident if Portland could enter the postseason at the top of their game, but they cannot be counted out yet. While their first opponents, the Memphis Grizzlies, are ranked lower than them, in a strange turn of events, Portland actually has fewer wins than the Grizzlies. It looks like the Trail Blazers might be the underdogs in the April 19th matchup, so they will have to play hard to win it. Be sure to catch this exciting game.
4/8/15 - The Portland Trail Blazers were unable to turn their two wins into a three game winning streak when they lost 106-96 against the Nets on April 6th. This game was a makeup for a previously scheduled game postponed due to inclement weather in January. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and Chris Karman remained at home to rest some injuries to ensure they are healthy and ready for the game against Minnesota on Wednesday. Damian Lillard had 36 points, and Meyers Leonard added another 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. The Trail Blazers came back from a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter, brining it to just six points before the Nets drew ahead once again. Tickets to the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday remain available, with prices starting at $34.
3/31/15 - With a 109-86 victory over the Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers have extended their current winning streak to four games. Although the first half ended with Portland ahead by just a few points, they came back and dominated the second half, building a 31 point lead that allowed them to easily take the victory. The win was a team effort, with twelve players adding points to the scoreboard. With this win, the Trail Blazers have secured a place in the playoffs, but the Trail Blazers have no plans to coast through the rest of the season and will be looking to add another win to their record on Wednesday, April 1, when they play the Clippers at home. Tickets are still available, with prices starting at $24.
3/27/15 - The Portland Trail Blazers have added a loss to their current slump. The 122-108 loss to the Warriors brought their losing streak to five games. LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum joined Wesley Matthews on the injured list, and Damian Lilliard stepped up to score 29 points. The Trail Blazers had an early lead, but the Warriors stayed close. A run by the Warriors in the third quarter gave them a significant lead, and the Trail Blazers were unable to catch up. Despite the losses, the Trail Blazers remain on the top of the Northwest Division with a five game lead over the second place Oklahoma City. The team will look to break their current downward trend when they face the Jazz on March 25th, with tickets starting at $13.
3/20/15 - The question on every Portland Trail Blazers fan's mind is whether they will be able to perform without Wesley Matthews, especially with the playoffs quickly approaching. After his injury, the Trail Blazers were able to win three consecutive games, all with over 100 points, but more recently Portland has been struggling on the court. First, they lost 97-105 against the Washington Wizards, then they came up short against the Miami Heat. It is still too early to say with certainty how Portland will cope in the playoffs, but any optimism will not be unfounded. We will get our first taste of playoff-level play on March 24th when they take on the top team in the league, the Golden State Warriors. Tickets for that promising game start at only $35.
3/12/15 - Despite picking up a decisive win over rival Dallas, the Portland Trail Blazers suffered a devastating setback on Thursday night, in the form of a season-ending injury to standout Wesley Matthews. The fifth-year shooting guard tore his Achilles tendon taking a quick step on an ordinary cut to the basket, collapsing near the three-point line as trainers rushed to his attention. His long-distance scoring was surely missed two nights later, as the Blazers came up short versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, 121-113 on the road. Portland will look for the recently-acquired Aaron Afflalo to step up in Matthews’ absence as they enter into a tough week with games versus Houston and Detroit, plus Toronto on the road. Pistons vs. Blazers, Friday night at the Rose Garden—limited seats are available from $33!
3/6/15 - The playoff race in the Western Conference seems to get tighter each week, and the Portland Trail Blazers continue to fight to maintain their position among the top three. The Blazers have rattled off four straight wins over Western rivals, including a narrow victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Trailing 85-75 with four minutes remaining, Portland rallied to force overtime, where Nic Batum took control for his team. The French-born forward assisted on three consecutive alley-oops before making a key block on J.J. Redick, capping off his overtime performance with a three-point dagger to seal the deal. The Trail Blazers take on Dallas on Thursday night before traveling to Minnesota to face Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves on Saturday. Tickets for the Target Center are still available starting at $36!
2/27/15 - Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers scored 31 points in the game against the San Antonio Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 rebounds and Nicolas Batum had nine assists. The Trail Blazers took the win at 111-95, giving the Spurs their fourth straight loss. After two previous losses for the Trail Blazers, the win was a welcome change. The Trail Blazers face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday (2/27), and the Thunder are on fire. They’ll be a tough team to beat. The Trail Blazers come back to the Moda Center at the Rose Garden on Thursday (3/5) to host the Dallas Mavericks. Tickets start at $19. Enjoy a great evening of fast paced fun and excitement with two great teams who are sure to make the playoffs.
2/20/15 - In the 2015 NBA trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers made quite a few changes to their roster. Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, and Victor Claver went to the Denver Nuggets, but the Trail Blazers picked up Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee, both excellent athletes. Afflalo offers play-off experience for the offense, and Gee is a great defensive player. With the Trail Blazers in play-off contention, they need the depth that Afflalo and Gee bring to their team. On Sunday (2/22), the Memphis Grizzlies come to town. Tickets start $36. Wednesday (2/25) brings the San Antonio Spurs to the Moda Center at the Rose Garden. You can get tickets starting at $21. If you need even more basketball action, get tickets to the Oklahoma City Thunder game on Friday (2/27).
2/12/15 - After struggling through their roughest month of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers appear to be righting the ship, winning three of their last four games. The Blazers’ lone loss in February came on the road to a talented Dallas Mavericks team, 111-101 in overtime. However, Portland bounced back the very next night with an impressive victory over James Harden and the Rockets in Houston, 109-98. Even sweeter for Portland fans, point guard Damian Lillard was named as a member of the Western Conference All Stars, following Blake Griffin’s withdrawal due to injury. Lillard and his Blazers will take on the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Wednesday night before the All Star break begins, and a select number of tickets are still available from $25!
2/4/15 - The last two weeks have been rough for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have not managed consecutive wins since having a four-game streak snapped on January 11th. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to play well despite sustaining a thumb injury two weeks ago, posting over 27 points and 9 rebounds per game over the Blazers’ last ten. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard continues to register All Star-quality numbers, despite being passed over for the NBA’s marquee game in New York this year. Portland will welcome the return of Robin Lopez this week, after missing nearly two months with a broken right hand. He should be back in action for Thursday’s tilt with the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden, where a small handful of seats are still available starting at $19. They’ll be gone soon, though, so don’t delay!
1/27/15 - The Portland Trail Blazers have been struggling in the last two weeks, losing five of their last six games. Things were looking bleak with only a single recent win, which was only by four small points. Everyone was expecting another loss when they took on the Washington Wizards, who dominated the early season, on Jan. 24th. After falling way behind in the first two quarters, the Trail Blazers were able to pull together and achieve a last minute upset. Scoring nine and eight more points than their opponents in the third and final quarter respectively, they were able to edge out a slim seven-point victory. Their next game against the Brooklyn Nets was postponed, but they will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in an away game on Jan. 30th.
1/22/15 - After losing three straight games for the first time all season, the Portland Trail Blazers were ready to start winning again. Portland defeated the Sacramento Kings at home on Monday night, 98-94, improving their record to 31-11 for the year. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists, as he led his team back from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit. Portland shot only 39 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 53-35, but they committed eight fewer turnovers and grabbed 16 steals as a team to ultimately come away with the narrow victory. Next up, they will travel to Phoenix to face Goran Dragic and the Suns on Wednesday night. You can get in the game for as low as $19, but seats are going quickly, so don’t wait!
1/15/15 - The Trail Blazers have rattled off four straight victories, winning eight of their last nine games, and 13 of their last 15, dating back to early December. Back-to-back wins over the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers have put the Blazers just a game behind the Golden State Warriors for first place overall in the NBA, although their competition in the week upcoming will be considerably tougher. After hosting Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland will take to the road for games versus fellow Western powers Memphis and San Antonio. Limited tickets for Wednesday night’s game with the Clips are still available, with seats selling for as low as $19, so come on out to the Rose Garden and support your Portland Trail Blazers!
1/6/15 - They opened 2015 with a loss to the sizzling Atlanta Hawks, but the Portland Trail Blazers quickly bounced back with a win over the L.A. Lakers and will look to notch a few more victories as they close out a seven-game homestand at the Rose Garden. The Blazers remain a game and a half behind the Golden State Warriors for the lead in the super-tough Western Conference, but have built a small cushion over the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks by going 8-2 in their last ten games. They will host the NBA’s two teams from Florida to finish out the week, starting with the Miami Heat on Thursday night. You can be a part of the action with Razorgator—a select number of tickets are still available from $28, so act now!
1/2/15 - There are few teams in the NBA as hot as the Portland Trail Blazers, who capped off 2014 with an overtime victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors to push their active win streak to four games. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers to the comeback victory, scoring seven of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help erase a Toronto lead and force the extra session. Star point guard Damian Lillard finished with 26 points and nine assists in the win, including several key plays in overtime that helped seal the game for Portland. The Blazers will get four days of rest before resuming their seven-game homestand, as they host the surprising Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Get in the game with Razorgator—a select number of seats are available starting at $48.
12/26/14 - The Portland Trailblazers continued their excellent start to the 2014-15 NBA season with a 115-111 overtime victory on the road versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, improving their record to 23-7 overall. The Blazers had a five-game winning streak snapped by the Houston Rockets on Monday, but bounced back to strengthen their hold on second-place in the brutal Western Conference. They remain one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies, and two behind the league-leading Golden State Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to pace Portland with nearly 23 points and 11 boards per game, as he and all-star guard Damian Lillard look to build on last year’s surprising playoff run. The Trailblazers will finish out the year with three home games versus Eastern foes, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Get in the game with Razorgator—limited seats are still available starting at $55, so act now!
12/18/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers captured a victory of 108-95 against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, but the win came at a cost. Robin Lopez, starting center, injured his right hand when he hit his hand on Boris Diaw's head. It was confirmed that his hand had been broken and Lopez would have to sit out a game for the first time in almost three years. Lopez averages at 7.3 rebounds and 9.8 points in 25 games, and played in every game for the Blazers last season. The Blazers currently stand at 19-6 in the West. The team hopes to take another victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, even without the help of Lopez. The next game will be Friday night at their home court, Moda Center at the Rose Garden. Tickets start at just $19.
12/11/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers were shocked on Wednesday, as the team lost 82-90 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After falling behind early, the Blazers couldn’t overcome a relentless Andrew Wiggins, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the outing. The Blazers’ Damien Lillard also had 23 points, but LaMarcus Aldridge went scoreless in the first half and managed just 10 points in the second. Despite losing, the Blazers still lead their division and are third in the Western Conference. The Blazers will be on the road for their next two games, travelling to Chicago on Friday and to Indiana Saturday, but they will return home on Monday the 13th to host the 16-6 San Antonio Spurs. Tickets for this matchup of championship contenders are on sale now and start at just $19.
12/5/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers continue their strong season, with a record of 14-4 so far this season, providing them with a number 1 ranking in the Northwest Division. Their latest game ended in a win for them, as they barely nudged out the Denver Nuggets 105-103. The Trail Blazers started the game out strong, with a quick 9-3 lead over the Nuggets. However, the Nuggets soon caught up for a back and forth, with the Trail Blazers once again taking control in the 4th quarter. However, the final victory came down to the final seconds of the game. The winning shot came from Robin Lopez with only 1.3 seconds remaining. The Trail Blazers face the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, December 4 at home next. Tickets are available starting at $12.
11/24/14 - One of the better teams in the NBA right now is the Portland Trail Blazers. They sport an 8-3 record, and things went perfect for them in their last game, facing the New Orleans Pelicans. They got the win with a final score of 102-93. In their win, Damian Lillard had a terrific game, scoring 24 points with 7 assists. He found his teammates time and time again, and his distribution is a great asset that the Blazers will need to take advantage of for the rest of the season. They are hoping to do big things this year, and next up for them is a competitive game against the Celtics, which takes place this Sunday, November 23, 2014. Tickets can be bought right now for a low price of $16.
11/17/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers landed their fourth win in a row on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets. With a final score of 87-97, Portland was ahead every step of the way. This shining victory puts them at 7-3, where they are still firmly in the top position for their division. In fact, they are the only team in the Northwest Division with a positive win-loss ratio. On Sunday the 9th, however, Trail Blazers’ small forward, Nicolas Batum injured his knee. He hasn’t returned to the court yet, but many suspect he will make his big return on Monday the 17th in the home game against the New Orleans Pelicans. If you would like to potentially see Nicolas tear it up on the court again, tickets are available for only $15.
11/14/14 - On Saturday, the Portland Trail Blazers unfortunately lost against the Clippers, bringing their total to 3-3. The very next day, Portland was fighting to keep a positive win-loss ratio against the Denver Nuggets. They were able to build an early lead, ahead by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Then their strong defense was able to maintain the lead until the third and fourth quarters where they were able to expand their lead for a final score of 100-116. Unfortunately, however, Nicolas Batum was injured in the final minutes of the game. It’s not yet known how this will affect his involvement in future games. The Trail Blazer’s next game is on Tuesday against the Hornets and then they will face the Nuggets again on Wednesday.
11/7/14 - With just three games into the season, the Portland Trail Blazers are 1st in the Northwest Division. They won their opening game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, then lost the next 2. This coming weekend, they play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday. The Trail Blazers come home on Sunday to meet the Denver Nuggets, and then on Tuesday the 11th, they play the Charlotte Hornets. The Trail Blazers have a lot of potential in their point guard Damian Lillard, who is shooting 47.3% in clutch situations, making him number 4th in the league. In his rookie year, the 2012-2013 season, LIllard was named Rookie of the Year, and he has trained with experts over the summer. He will be the one to watch.
10/27/14 - With a dynamic duo in LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers are ready for the NBA’s new season. The Blazers won 54 games last season; can they improve on that record this season?
10/23/14 - He’s locked in for two more seasons on his rookie contract. The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they picked up the fourth-year option on All-Star guard Damian Lillard’s contract, ensuring he will be with the Blazers through 2016.
8/20/14 - The 2014-2015 Portland Trail Blazers schedule was just announced and it is lined with can’t-miss bouts from wall to wall! Portland opens up regular season play at home on Oct. 29 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The early part of the season brings tons of rivalry games like the Golden State Warriors (Nov. 2), LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Nov. 4), Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 6), defending champion San Antonio Spurs (Dec 15), Houston Rockets (Dec. 22) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 5). Don't miss the same starting 5 that broke numerous franchise records last year and gave us NBA Playoff semifinals action for the first time since 2000 and lock down your Portland Trail Blazers tickets today!
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of a stellar season in which they finished 54-28 on the year, scored a return to the playoffs and upset Houston in the first round. The All-Star duo of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge were spectacular, with LMA dropping 46 points and 18 rebounds in a single game against the Rockets. Portland exited the postseason in Round 2, dispatched by the title-winning San Antonio Spurs. Can the Blazers step it up in the 2014-2015 season and take it all the way to the top of the Wild Wild West and beyond?
Coming into the 2014-2015 season, Portland owed their two picks and could not add any players through the draft. Instead, they vied for talent via free agency and trades. The Blazers picked up Steve Blake for some veteran influence and a shot blocker in Chris Kaman, in a deal with the Lakers. See if Terry Stott’s talented building blocks can create something great in the Western Conference this season with Portland Trail Blazers tickets!
5/14/14 - They avoided the sweep, but the Portland Trail Blazers are still staring into a 3 games to 1 abyss in their second round series with San Antonio. The Blazers used a big push in the third and fourth quarters, leading by as many as 20 points, to prevent a Spurs sweep, with a 103-92 victory on May 12. Portland got strong performances from Damian Lillard, who recorded 25 points, five assists and four rebounds; LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 19 points; and Nicolas Batum, who picked up a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in the win. Also making a key contribution off the bench was guard Will Barton, who added 17 points and six rebounds to the mix.
5/9/14 - As their second round series with West top seed San Antonio shifts to the Moda Center in Portland, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves staring at a two games to none deficit, having lost Games 1 and 2 in San Antonio by a combined 41 points. In Game 2, despite losing 114-97, the Blazers got a top performance from small forward Nicolas Batum, who led the team with 21 points, along with nine rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal; Damian Lillard, who provided the series-clinching heroics last round, found himself held to 19 points, five boards and five assists in Game 2, and LaMarcus Aldridge collected a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
4/30/14 - In this series, it’s been all Rip City. The Portland Trail Blazers have used outstanding performances (and a little luck) to dominate their series with fourth seed Houston, leading by three games to one going into Game 5. Standouts include LaMarcus Aldridge’s 43-point/eight rebound/three block explosion in Game 2; Damian Lillard’s 30 points in the lone loss (Game 3) for the Blazers; and most recently in Game 4, four Blazers – Aldridge (29 points), Nicolas Batum (25 points), Lillard (23 points) and Wesley Matthews (21 points) combining forces to put Houston in a two game hole. Still, the series has been closely fought, with three of the four games played through April 27 going into overtime. The Blazers will wear a jersey patch going forward to honor the memory of former coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who led the Blazers to their lone NBA title in 1977.
4/17/14 - With an overtime victory against Golden State on April 13, the Portland Trail Blazers cleared some standings space between themselves and the Warriors, and set up a likely first-round playoff date with Houston. The Blazers relied heavily on their starting five in this game, as just three reserves saw court time – but one of those reserves, Mo Williams, came up in a big way with 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had a huge game for the Blazers, scoring 26 points, pulling down seven boards, with three steals and a pair of assists; Wesley Matthews poured in 24, with three rebounds, three assist and a steal. Nicolas Batum had a double-double of 18 points and a dozen rebounds, along with five assists; while Damian Lillard chipped in 13 points, five assists, three boards, a steal and a block.
4/9/14 - With their 100-94 win over visiting New Orleans on April 6, the Portland Trail Blazers booked their place in the NBA postseason; However, the Oregonian newspaper reports that the Blazers are “not satisfied,” and describing the mood in the locker room as “more business-as-usual than celebratory.” The Blazers got a number of standout performances in their clinching game, starting with LaMarcus Aldridge’s 25 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks; and Nicolas Batum, who added 16 points and 12 boards. Wesley Matthews, with 21 points, and Damian Lillard, with 20 (along with six rebounds, five assists and three steals) joined Aldridge at the 20-point plateau.
4/1/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers returned home to the Moda Center this past weekend, after a four games in five days road trip into the Eastern Conference. The Blazers split those four games, falling to Miami and Orlando, then bouncing back with road wins over Atlanta and Chicago before the weekend’s home win over West playoff contender Memphis, 105-98, a win that the Portland Tribune newspaper described as “easier-than-it-sounds.” LaMarcus Aldridge, whom USA Today recently said, “is exactly what the Trail Blazers needed,” proved the newspaper’s point with a strong 28-point offensive performance, and Mo Williams came off the bench to contribute 17 points; guards Wesley Matthews (15 points) and Damian Lillard (13 points) also provided key contributions. Robin Lopez was a force in the paint, pulling down five offensive boards, five defensive boards, and blocking three shots.
3/25/14 - Since hitting the road for contests against Eastern Conference teams from the Southeast and Central Divisions, the Portland Trail Blazers have dropped their first two, a 30 point blowout at the hands of Charlotte, then followed that up with a 93-91 squeaker at Miami. Against the defending world champs, LaMarcus Aldridge was out with a back contusion, but four starters ended up with scoring in double figures; Damian Lillard led those with 19 points, followed by Wesley Matthews’ 15. Nicolas Batum contributed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. As for Aldridge, team officials say he will get a practice in before returning to the lineup.
3/18/14 - As the season grows shorter, so do opportunities for the Portland Trail Blazers to put ground between themselves and the teams behind them in the playoff picture, and the Blazers squandered one such opportunity this past weekend, dropping a 113-112 heartbreaker to Golden State at the Moda Center. Blazers starters Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum did their best to pull the Blazers through; Lillard collected 26 points and seven assists in the loss, while Batum had a double-double, garnering 23 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists, three steals and a block in the loss. Center Robin Lopez also added a double-double of his own with 14 points and 10 boards.
3/13/14 - Since heading on the road last week, the Portland Trail Blazers have dropped their first two contests on this swing through the Southwest Division, losing to Dallas 103-98 and then in overtime to Houston 118-113. The Blazers had no answer for the Rockets’ smaller lineup, as guards James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley proved to be the keys to Houston’s victory. Still, a trio of Blazers – LaMarcus Aldridge (28), Wesley Matthews (26) and Damian Lillard (21) – each had over 20 points; while Aldridge (12), Nicolas Batum (12) and Robin Lopez (11) cleaned the glass effectively. Lopez added five blocked shots as well for the Blazers.
3/5/14 - Ouch. This one had to sting a little. The Portland Trail Blazers gave up a last second alley-oop play as time expired to fall to the cellar-dweller L.A. Lakers, 107-106. The Blazers had four of their five starters record double digit scoring efforts, including 21 from forward LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Damian Lillard; two other Blazers chalked up double-figure rebound counts – 16 (nine of them off the offensive glass) for center Robin Lopez, and 15 (including 10 defensive boards) for Nicolas Batum. The loss broke a five game winning streak for Portland.
2/26/14 - All Star representative Damian Lillard continued his hot scoring hand in the Portland Trail Blazers’ dismantling of the Minnesota Timberwolves last weekend. Lillard hung a game high 32 points on the T’wolves, along with a pair of rebounds and five assists. Thomas Robinson came off the bench for the Blazers and cleared 18 rebounds – 11 defensive and seven offensive – along with a pair of blocks, while Nicholas Batum also had a good night defensively too, with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
2/21/14 - Portland’s young star Damian Lillard had quite a busy weekend in New Orleans during last weekend’s NBA All Star festivities. As a starter in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Lillard had 13 points and five boards in Team Hill’s winning effort. On Saturday night, he highlighted the Skills Competition with Trey Burke for the win; he also participated in the three-point shooting competition and dunk contests. Finally, as a reserve in Sunday’s All Star Game, Lillard hit for nine points in as many minutes of court time.
2/6/14 - Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is set to take part in the NBA’s dunk contest over All Star weekend in New Orleans. Lillard may also take part in the 3-point shooting contest as part of the contests on Saturday night, which would make him the first ever to take part in all five All Star events – the Rising Stars Challenge; the Skills Challenge; the 3-point and dunk contests; and the All Star Game itself, in which Lillard has been selected as a reserve.
1/31/14 - Highest scoring offense in the league? That may hold true for the Portland Trail Blazers, who sit tied with San Antonio for the second best win-loss record in the Western Conference, but don’t tell that to the Memphis Grizzlies, who held the Blazers scoreless for the first two minutes and 20 seconds of a recent win at the Moda Center in Portland. The Blazers lead the NBA not only in points per game average (108.4), but rebounds per game (46.6) as well.
1/20/14 - The Portland Trail Blazers are looking great, sitting atop the Northwest Division with a 31-9 record as the highest scoring team in the league (fronted by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge), and second in the Western Conference—just one game behind the San Antonio Spurs, who they beat last week 109-100. Portland is currently enjoying five consecutive victories, looking to extend their winning momentum tonight over the Houston Rockets and against the OKC Thunder this Tuesday. OKC is close to stealing the top spot in the division, so the match on Jan 21 is pivotal and you can score tickets for just $19! The Blazers will return home after a long four-game road trip to face the Denver Nuggets at the Rose Quarter. Portland tickets start at an affordable $19 on Jan 23, followed by fellow Northwest opponents, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday Jan 25—get into this hot match for $47. Buy Portland Trail Blazers tickets now and join them on their road to playoffs this season!
The average price for Trail Blazers tickets at the newly renamed Moda Center this coming season is $98. After opening the season with two road games in Phoenix and Denver, the Blazers 11/2 home opener against the defending Western Conference Champion Spurs is averaging $118. The most expensive game at the former Rose Garden in 2013-14 is the 12/28 match-up against the NBA Champion Miami Heat, averaging $253. With an average price of $191, the 3/3 game against the Lakers is the second-most expensive. Rounding out the Blazers’ five most expensive home games are the Clippers on 12/26, Nets on 2/26, and Thunder on $211.
The Portland Trail Blazers continue to rebuild around 2-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard. Second-year coach Terry Stotts looks to improve on the team’s 2012-13 record of 33-40 and challenge for a playoff berth. With the additions of former top-5 pick Thomas Robinson and rookie 2013 first round draft pick CJ McCollum, the team managed to add young talent to its already promising core. Veteran free agent big-man Robin Lopez and sharpshooter Dorel Wright should also be important pieces this season. Amidst speculation surrounding Aldridge’s discontent in Portland, the Blazers may need to show improvement early in the season to keep Aldridge happy and off the trading block.