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From the Elbow: Building a Better Tomorrow

It's never too early for the Blazers to start thinking about next season.

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The Blazers needed six games to hand the Houston Rockets the four losses required to be knocked out of the NBA playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs, the Blazers' second round opponent, racked up three wins in three games, and though game four—a Blazer blowout for the ages—breathed some life back into the franchise's first second round series in 14 years, a lopsided loss in Texas Wednesday n...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: The "New" B-Roy?

Damian Lillard shouldn't be compared to heroes of Blazer past. He deserves to stand on his own.

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Unless you live under a rock on the moon, you’re aware that on Friday night Damian Lillard hit a monstrous three-pointer as the buzzer sounded on Game 6 of the Blazers’ now completed first round series with the Houston Rockets. It was the kind of shot that turned 20,000 Portlanders into a bunch of screaming, hysterical children. It was the kind of moment that made at least one ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Above the Noise

The Blazers are winning the off-court battle against Houston by tuning out the drama.

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The quality of a playoff series is determined by the actual games within that series, and the play of the actual players. But sometimes the outcome of a playoff series can be determined by all kinds of things that take place off the court. Over the course of a series that can stretch to two or three weeks, there is ample time for off-the-court distractions. These distractions come ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: That Time of Year Again

Can the Blazers avoid another historic end-of-season losing streak? Does it even matter?

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The Blazers won their final game of last season on March 22. Down in Atlanta on a Friday night, the Blazers handed the playoff bound Hawks an 11-point loss. It was the fourth game of a five-game road trip that included a win the night before against another playoff team in the Chicago Bulls, and back-to-back losses against the Bucks in Milwaukee and the 76ers in Philadelphia. That ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: The Brandon Roy Question

The Blazers are trying to link their current success to their past—and erasing No. 7 from history.

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A few weeks back, a topic of conversation was introduced on Talkin' Ball which, this late in the Blazers' 2013-14 season, seemed like ancient history. The Cleveland Cavaliers had just held a big ceremony to retire the jersey of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Zydrunas—Big Z to his friends and fans—isn’t quite a house...   More
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Not Your Parents' Lakers

The Blazers have had an incredible season. The Lakers have not.

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March marks the final full month of the 2013-14 NBA season, a season that has been chock full of milestones for the Blazers. One such milestone was achieved Saturday evening at the Moda Center when the Blazers beat the visiting Denver Nuggets 102-96. By defeating the Nuggets for the fourth time in as many tries this season, the Blazers completed the season sweep of one of their chief ...   More
Sunday, March 2, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Limping to the Finishing Line?

The Blazers have gotten some unexpected contributions as they try to survive the NBA season stretch run.

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On February 23 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden started in an NBA basketball game. Prior to taking the court with the two-time defending champions last week, Oden had last started in a NBA game on Dec. 5, 2009. Last time he saw action, Oden played a scant four minutes and 15 seconds, and a non-contact knee injury basically end...   More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Selling Damian Lillard

After a busy All-Star Weekend, the Blazers hope the world now knows Damian Lillard.

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In the middle of the second quarter of the Blazers’ gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Pacers in Indiana, ESPN analyst Mike Tirico made a throwaway comment about Damian Lillard.Addressing the national TV audience, Tirico said that if you—NBA viewers outside the Portland metropolitan area—don’t know about Damian Lillard, you will have no choice but to get to know him over the All-St...   More
Monday, February 17, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: The Curious Case of Mo Williams

The Blazers' bench is greatly improved, but questions remain.

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The first month of 2014 wasn’t so kind to the Blazers, in the relative sense. Portland finished two games above .500 for January, a pedestrian record considering the final two months of 2013 were two of the best months in the history of the franchise. Still, some things have changed over the last month with the Blazers.  What’s changed is that the 2013-14 NBA season has en...   More
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by MIKE ACKER
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