Game 2: Houston V. Portland


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[youtube NYpBi1WxhtY] Even after three days, it's still painful to watch, isn't it? Yes, the Trail Blazers laid down in Game 1 against Houston, and the fact that many of us feared the Rockets would out-tough Portland doesn't make it any easier to accept. Here are five things we'd like to see happen tonight:1) Stop bitching about the refs. It's the playoffs. The ticky-tack crap that gets whistled ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers v. Houston: On to Game 3


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[youtube rAIjhWW24XM] So before Game 2 yesterday still in the throes of fan depression from Game 1, I opined on five things the Trail Blazers needed to do against Houston last night. Here's how they did. 1) Stop bitching about the refs. DONE. And look what happened, the Blazers shot and made four more free throws than Houston - coincidentally, the margin of victory. 2) Aldridge, play closer ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 HANK STERN

Game 4 Recap: Here Come The Series Post-Mortems


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[youtube FY97mLmWNJQ] With the Trail Blazers facing potential playoff death tomorrow night in Game 5 against Houston, the pundits' eulogies are starting to roll in as to why the Blazers are first-round losers. In no particular order, it's _Greg Oden's fault. No, not entirely. But even conceding some of the refs' whistles are ticky-tack, Oden's whole body language for most of this series has ...   More
 
Monday, April 27, 2009 HANK STERN

Taking A Deep Breath Before Game 6


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[youtube 3j1q6osDAEc] For all the back-and-forth over what the Trail Blazers should — or shouldn't — be doing in their first-round series against Houston, we're going to take a step back on this day off between Games 5 and 6 to employ that classic sports bromide — "putting things in perspective." Sports fans ask one of two things from our teams: 1) If you're going to be jerks, ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 HANK STERN

What Ron Artest Had To Say on His Day Off


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[youtube L4YlrkkP9SA] Houston's Ron Artest is always entertaining. In this interview between Games 5 and 6 of the Rockets-Trail Blazers series, we learn that Artest thinks Brandon Roy is better than Kobe and LeBron — but not better than some guy Artest grew up with who went to jail. And we learn what Artest thinks of Charles Barkley, as well as what Barkley thinks Artest needs to do with ...   More
 
Thursday, April 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Almost Live: Thunder vs. Blazers (Torn Meniscus Edition)


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BREAKING BLAZERS NEWS: Brandon Roy has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee and is out for the final two games of the regular season. The team says he'll be day-to-day during the playoffs, but I'm pretty sure he's out for the season. Wow. Well, did you expect anything else? In what is arguably the strangest season in the Portland Trail Blazers' 40 year existence, it only makes sense that their ...   More
 
Monday, April 12, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Brandon Roy Definitely Out For First Round of Playoffs


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What had been in little doubt in this injury-riddled season for Portland is now in no doubt: Brandon Roy's partial meniscus tear in his right knee will mean he's going to miss the Trail Blazers' first round series against Phoenix. The Blazers announced this afternoon that Roy will undergo surgery on Friday, but refused to rule out the possibility that he could return if Portland beats Phoenix ...   More
 
Thursday, April 15, 2010 HANK STERN

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