Trail Blazers v. Rockets: Your Playoff Preview


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[youtube J57XM_uTsgk] Whether Brandon Roy can shake Houston's Shane Battier and Ron Artest; if Houston has enough offense to win; and whether Greg Oden will step up in the first round of the playoffs ... it's all here in this video. And of course Casey Jarman sussed out a Houston-Portland series last week in this piece. And of course check back here throughout the day as Blazermaniacs are ...   More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 HANK STERN

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

Houston's Dikembe Mutombo: Gone But Not Forgotten


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[youtube bDKQhCgLqxU] We take a brief pause in building up our Irrational Fan Hatred of the Houston Rockets before tonight's Game 3 between the Trail Blazers and the Rockets to pay tribute to Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo's long career ended in Game 2 against Portland, when he injured his left knee. And while his absence means less rest for Blazers nemesis Yao Ming, it's hard to take much glee in the ...   More
 
Friday, April 24, 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

Lamar Odom is A Trail Blazers Fan


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Tuesday, April 28, 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

Blazers Aftermath: Some Video Consolation


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[youtube pDVFxfUdv5M] Sure, last night's end to the Trail Blazers season was disappointing. But here's some consolation to get you through today's letdown of realizing that Greg Oden stunk, Travis Outlaw and Nicholas Batum shrunk and Steve Blake suffered through on-again, off-again funk. There will be plenty of time to analyze what the Blazers need to do next season. But for the moment, let's ...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2009 HANK STERN

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