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

Portland Greets the Westboro Baptist Church at Moda Center

Video and photos from the Kansas hate group's protest (and the much larger counter-protest) on Saturday night.

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Last week, the Westboro Baptist Church—the small Kansas-based ministry infamous for protesting the funerals of anyone they believe has defied the rule of God, which, to them, seems to be basically everyone—announced its intent to picket outside Moda Center in opposition of the Trail Blazer organization's vocal support of gay marriage. Bad idea. Because if there's anything Portland loves more than ...   More
 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 LUCAS CHEMOTTI

The Blazers' Non-Basketball Power Rankings: New Year Edition

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Now that we’ve all gotten over our hangovers, made resolutions we’re bound to break by the end of the month, and tweeted about the post-Josh Smith Pistons winning six straight games (just give Stan Van Gundy all the Diet Pepsi), it’s time to queue up our favorite social networks and update the official Non-Basketball Power Rankings. This thing is simple: I rank the Blazers roster based ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

"God Hates Portland Trail Blazers," According to Westboro Baptist Church

Kansas-based hate group plans to protest outside Moda Center this Saturday.

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Everyone's (least) favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland this weekend, and have announced their intent to take in a Blazers game. Excuse me, that should read take on a Blazers game. According to a press release faxed to the WW office, the Topeka-based ministry—known for picketing everything from the Holocaust Museum to the funeral of Ronnie ...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Hangover 4: San Antonio

The Blazers have a bad comedown from a huge win.

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The Blazers are in the playoffs. So, in addition to regularly scheduled Blazers blog programming from Mike Acker, we've asked Janet Weiss, a huge Blazers fan whom you might know from some of her other projects, to provide post-game commentary. Lillard’s miracle shot took us higher than any drug.There was bound to be a hangover.In 1998, my friend Elliott Smith played his gorgeous ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Janet Weiss

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 credentialed ...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 MIKE ACKER

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