The Blazers Off-Season Report

Who's staying? Who's likely going? What the hell is happening?!?!

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Oh, hello there! Welcome to my Blazers Offseason Bungalow, deep in the woods. I like to sit in here with a tall glass of orange juice and consider things that aren't the Portland Trail Blazers. For instance: hummingbirds. They are birds but they share many behaviors with bugs. How exactly did this happen? Are, perhaps, birds and bugs not so dissimilar? If this is the case, how different are we ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 5

That's game.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 5, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Final Score: MEM - 99, POR - 93 To be honest, the season was over when they lost Game 3.  No one has ever come back, and when someone does, it won’t be after a pair of 15-point losses where they looked like their fingernails were getting torn out.  Or maybe it was over when they drew the Grizzlies. They’ve ...   More
 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 4

CJ and Baby Sabonis (© Shaq) pull the Blazers back from the brink.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 4, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES @ PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS Final Score: POR - 99, MEM - 92 You'll forgive me if it seemed like they were doomed. I opened the program and saw this listed under "Tonight's Quote":"We tried to get back in the game. The crowd was into it. We never give up. We keep fighting." — Nicolas Batum, after Game 3. Was this suppose to inspire whomever read ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 3

These are the end times.

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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 3, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES @ PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS  Final Score: MEM - 115, POR - 109 I would not call the pregame atmosphere juiced. This is a contest complete with dread, fear and loathing. 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 ...   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

Damian Lillard To Graduate From College

Three years after leaving school for the NBA, the Blazers point guard has earned a degree in technical sales from Weber State in Utah.

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Just call him Big-Brain Dame.  Three years after leaving Weber State University—the obscure mid-major in Ogden, Utah, that recruited him out of high school—to enter the NBA draft, Damian Lillard is about to become a college graduate. Between elevating the Blazers to championship contention, signing lucrative endorsement deals and appearing in commercials with Nick Cannon and whoever the ...   More
 
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Matthew Singer

Watch Former Blazer Martell Webster's Pacific Northwest-Heavy Rap Video

Filmed in Washington, featuring a Portland rapper-producer and directed by Will Vinton's son.

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Over the NBA All-Star break, Damian Lillard went on the radio and wowed the basketball blogosphere with his rhyme skills. No less an authority than MTV's Sway declared him the best rapper in the league, and most were apt to agree. But another Blazer alum has thrown his warmups onto the court. Former Portland combo guard Martell Webster, currently of the Washington Wizards, spits a bit himself, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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