From the Elbow: A November to Remember

The Blazers just finished a nearly all-time best month. But what does it mean?

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All things being equal, November 2013 wasn’t the best month for sports in the state of Oregon. On Nov. 7, down in Palo Alto, Calif., the University of Oregon Ducks football team, as viable a candidate for the BCS Championship Game as there was in college football this season, was steamrolled by the muscular running game of the Stanford Cardinal, ending their bid for the natty.  Then, ...   More
 
Monday, December 2, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Unexpected Early Returns

The Blazers have the second best record in the NBA, have won 10 straight, and for once are winning on the road.

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This new Blazer season was supposed to be all about change. And so far, it has been. There’s a whole new group coming off the bench. There’s a selection of new food items available on the concourses of the newly named arena. But change has been most evident in 2013-14 in the "W" column. The change in wins has been most impressive on the road, something probably even the most ...   More
 
Monday, November 25, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Revenge of the Traded

Blazer Thomas Robinson continues an NBA tradition: playing his best games have against the team that drafted and then ditched him.

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A season ago Jerryd Bayless made his first trip to Portland as a member of an NBA team other than the Trail Blazers. Bayless, for those of you who might have forgotten, was taken 11th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2008 draft and immediately shipped to the Blazers. He was the kind of dynamic scoring point guard in training who, when teamed with All-Pro Brandon Roy, would put the ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Who Needs Chalupas?

Boomshakalaka! New Blazers arena food is on fire!


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These are uneasy days for Trail Blazers fans. Tonight, Portland’s NBA team begins what it hopes will be a Cinderella season, ending with the Western Conference’s eighth playoff seed and the    More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

From the Elbow #19: Crabbe Dribble

In pre-season, Blazers rookie Allen Crabbe is fighting for minutes and finding his way as a pro—all while strapped to a Minnie Mouse backpack.

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Allen Crabbe is a pretty laid back dude. It makes sense, considering he was born and raised in Los Angeles, and spent three years playing college basketball in Berkeley—two cities notorious for fostering chilled-out men and women of all types. One of two Blazer rookies who will be on the Opening Night roster for 2013-14, Crabbe’s laid back demeanor was in full effect following his ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Rip City vs. No Pity: Blazers

Basketball is the real beautiful game.


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You have to start with the pinwheel. When I first started attending Trail Blazers games in 2003, the team’s brand was suffering. This was not because the Blazers were bad: The squad had finish   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Rip City vs. No Pity: The Matchups

Which team has earned fan loyalty? Check the stats.


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Where they play: Blazers: East side! In the Rose Quarter, a non-neighborhood best known for bus stops. Timbers: West side! In Goose Hollow, a historic neighborhood best known for pubs.  Sta   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity

Blazers or Timbers: Who owns Portland?


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Kristin Leichner is driving toward the unthinkable. She’s been attending Trail Blazers basketball games since 1996, when her family used earnings from its trash-hauling company to buy season   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

From the Elbow #11: A New Trend

For Neil Olshey and the Blazers, not totally blowing Draft Night should be considered a major success.

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The Blazers have a history with the NBA Draft, and it’s not the kind of history that needs to be celebrated. With the exception of the wheeling and dealing on draft night back in 2006 that brought Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland, the last player to come to the Blazers as a rookie and end up an all-star was Zach Randolph. Even then, by the time Randolph—selected 18th overall ...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 MIKE ACKER

How Do the Blazers Rank in Franchise Worth?

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This has to be the least-anticipated opening night in the last decade for the Portland Trail Blazers. Even the interesting questions—is Damian Lillard the point guard of the future? Is Lamarcus Aldridge worth max money? Will Nicolas Batum cock-punch anybody?—are overshadowed by the malaise lingering from the suddenly vanished Oden/Roy era.You know what would get everybody in a basketball mood? ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 AARON MESH

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