From the Elbow: Limping to the Finishing Line?

The Blazers have gotten some unexpected contributions as they try to survive the NBA season stretch run.

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On February 23 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden started in an NBA basketball game. Prior to taking the court with the two-time defending champions last week, Oden had last started in a NBA game on Dec. 5, 2009. Last time he saw action, Oden played a scant four minutes and 15 seconds, and a non-contact knee injury basically ended ...   More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 MIKE ACKER

On The Rebound

The Blazers broke our hearts. Are we ready to get back with the NBA’s hottest team?

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Maybe it was when Kobe’s alley-oop to Shaq sealed Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Maybe it was when Greg Oden’s knee exploded for the third time or when Brandon Roy finally gro   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Started From the Bottom Now We Here (on the Jumbotron)

Former WW editor Michael Mannheimer creates an Internet meme at last night's Blazers game. We made it, y'all!

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All right, I know we've overloaded a bit on Drake this week here at LocalCut, but we'd be remiss in not mentioning this brilliant (if I do say so myself, and I do) sign from last night's Blazers game, mocked up by former WW Assistant Music Editor Michael Mannheimer reading "OKC: Softer Than Drake." It apparently made it on the Moda Center Jumbotron a few times, and the Twittersphere exploded (in ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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


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