From the Elbow: The Redeem Team

A playoff series win against an old opponent fits the Blazers' season narrative quite nicely.

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The first games of the first round are in the book, and to the surprise of some, the Portland Trail Blazers were the story of the NBA playoffs’ opening weekend. The Indiana Pacers are in a tailspin, the Golden State Warriors stole home court from a Western Conference favorite L.A. Clippers (before getting blown out in Game 2) and the top overall seed, the San Antonio Spurs, needed a 15-0 run to avoid ...   More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Mike Acker

Beating the Cult of Personality

The Blazers won their first playoff game in three years. You never would have known from TNT's post-game show.


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. The Trail Blazers have no real persona. They entered the 2014 playoffs nice guys with great chemistry, guys who joke around and seem to genuinely like each ...   More
Monday, April 21, 2014 Janet Weiss

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MIKE ACKER

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


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