Trail Blazers v. Houston: On to Game 3

[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 2: Houston V. Portland

[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. Rockets: Your Playoff Preview

[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

Forgive? Maybe. Forget? Never

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Friday, April 10, 2009 HANK STERN

Now That Was a BIG Game!!

[youtube OjViBwlLi4w] Remember the grief I took from some commenters last December when I wrote that people should stop hyper-ventilating about the Trail Blazers game that night against Boston as a BIG game (Okay, probably not. But I'm a small person and I remember). Well, just to show I can recognize an actual BIG game in the regular season when I see one, I hereby acknowledge that last night's ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers Tested Tonight

Today's WW has a piece by Casey Jarman handicapping the Trail Blazers' different playoff possibilities. Two things worthy of noting as you read his piece: tonight's game (the always-difficult second of a back-to-back on the road) against San Antonio will go a long way to determining whether the Blazers get home court advantage in the first round. And Portland better play a hell of a lot better ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Blazers Aftermath: Some Video Consolation

[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

Your Newest Trail Blazer: It's Miller Time

The Pritch is Back. Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has made it official: the Blazers have signed Andre Miller to a multi-year deal. A quickie take? A 33-year-old point guard will have enough short-term oomph — if his durability remains a constant — to make the Blazers better. But he's not exactly the final piece of the long-term puzzle either. And the next obvious short-term question: ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers Playing Again on Christmas Night (UPDATED with Blazers releasing schedule)

Fanhouse has a beat on the NBA's 2009-10 schedule, and the insta-takeaway is that the Blazers will be one of the featured teams on Opening Night with an Oct. 27 game against Houston, the team that knocked Portland out of the playoffs last season. And the Blazers are again playing on Christmas night, with a game against Denver that will be televised on ESPN. UPDATE: The Trail Blazers just ...   More
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 HANK STERN


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