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

Encore, Encore!

A Blazers game is like a great rock show. Especially when we 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.      Playing drums in rock bands for the past 25 years taught me many things. But one thing is certain—there is no ...   More
 
Monday, April 28, 2014 Janet Weiss

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 trip, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 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 household name, but he’s not exactly a deep-cut, either. Over the course of ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #9: The Next Next Big Thing

The Draft Combine is only the prologue to the never-ending NBA season, but for the Blazers, it could be a glimpse at the future.

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The NBA has no off-season. Certainly, Portland-based professional basketball fans have moved on to other leisure-time activities since the Blazers’ season wrapped up unceremoniously just over a month ago. That doesn’t mean the NBA season is over, however. Or that it will, in fact, ever end.  The NBA’s elites, minus Kevin Durant and an injured Russell Westbrook, are still fighting ...   More
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 MIKE ACKER

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

From the Elbow #4: Gunning for That No. 8 Spot

It's just about over for the Blazers. Don't tell them that, though.

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Almost exactly a week ago, the outlook in Blazerland was rosy. The Blazers were winners of four of their last six—not world-beating numbers by any stretch, but a marked improvement over the seven straight they dropped in February. Coming off unexpected back-to-back road wins against the playoff-bound Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, the Blazers rolled into Oklahoma City with a chance ...   More
 
Monday, April 1, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #3: A Pick Grows From Brooklyn

Portland, the Nets and Damian Lillard

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Back in January, The Gothamist published an article entitled “Are Portland and Brooklyn Actually the Same Place?” This piece came with a handy Venn diagram showing, with just a touch of levity, what the city of Portland and New York City’s largest borough do and do not share. On the Portland-only side of the diagram is affordable rent. On the Brooklyn side is Maggie Gyllenhaal. ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 MIKE ACKER

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