Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 3

These are the end times.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 2, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Final Score: POR - 109, MEM - 115 I would not call the pre-game atmosphere juiced. This is a contest with dread, fear and loathing attached. The Blazers have been worked in both of their games, injuries stacked like crackers at The Dippery*, Lillard in the throes of a basketball crisis, cause unknown. The Grizzlies’ ...   More
 
Sunday, April 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 2

The Blazers are a pain in the Grizzlies' collective foot—but like Mike Conley, they're playing through it.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 2, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Final Score: POR - 82, MEM - 97 Observe TNT sideline reporter Lewis Johnson. Johnson came back from halftime with a story about Mike Conley’s foot pain. “Where does it hurt?” he asked. Mike said, “About here,” and Lewis said, “OK, I have all the information and materials I need for a diagram. I also ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

The Blazers Don't Lose To Spanish Players, But They Will Punch Them In The Crotch Now And Then

Who's to blame for Portland's locker room sign mock-controversy? Naturally, it goes back to Rudy Fernandez.

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Athletes like motivational signs. In any room with 10-20 athletes, they will spring up from nothing. “ALWAYS COMPETE!” “SQUASH!” “BLEED FOR THE TEAM!” “IF YOU AIN’T LOSING A HAND, YOU AIN’T GIVING ENOUGH OF YOUR HAND FOR THE TEAM!” These sorts of signs are like the competitive pollen to make winning nectar. You can’t make sports happen without them. Recently, John Canzano—a ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 1

So that happened.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 1, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIESFinal Score: POR - 86, MEM - 100A word, first, for Beno Udrih.  Beno, for Lord only knows what reason, what confluence of stars, what possessing Earth Majick, what horror show of bonding and separating chemicals in his body, lives to absolutely light the Blazers up. The Blazers' bad point-guard defenders and scheme, ...   More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

NBA Playoff Preview, Round 1: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Welcome to the Infirmary Series! May the least injured team win!

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Good afternoon! The Portland Trail Blazers, Portland’s second most popular basketball team (behind Stephen Malkmus’s Portland Parks and Rec Squad, “The Trigger Cuts”) are IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS! If you are a fan of this team, I say to you: CONGRATULATIONS! Here is a Blazers-themed cake for you to celebrate with! Unless you have been living in a hole watching basketball and doing almost nothing ...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

From the Elbow #5: Across the Pond

As the Blazers' season winds down, bench player Joel Freeland looks to the future.

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Time has run out on the Portland Trail Blazers. They avoided total playoff elimination Wednesday night only because the Utah Jazz were unable to find a way to beat the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City, but the Blazers’ next loss will be the final nail in their coffin. With the meaningful part of the regular season coming to a close, it’s nearing time for the Blazers to switch their focus. “You ...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Trail Blazers Tested Tonight


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Today's WW has a piece by Casey Jarman handicapping the Trail Blazers' different playoff possibilities. Two things worthy of noting as you read his piece: tonight's game (the always-difficult second of a back-to-back on the road) against San Antonio will go a long way to determining whether the Blazers get home court advantage in the first round. And Portland better play a hell of a lot better ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 HANK STERN

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