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3/25/15: The Portland Trail Blazers may be taking a long look at themselves in the mirror right now. The team is still in first place in the Northwest Division and should have a good playoff seed. However, the three game losing streak is something to be worried about. The loss at the Orlando Magic was particularly hard. They trailed early by double digits. Then stormed back for a double digit lead, only to lose at the end. Orlando may be a developing team, but Portland is established and needs to right the ship before the playoffs get started.
3/18/15: The Portland Trail Blazers are losing the services of Joel Freeland for a game. He was suspended, as was Shawne Williams of the Detroit Pistons, when the two head-butted each other in last week's match. Portland was blowing the Pistons out of the building when Williams took offense to a shove from Meyers Leonard. Freeland stuck up for his team mate and both simultaneously, and unnecessarily, head-butted each other. In the grand scheme of things, it is minor, but could have ramifications if either gets into any trouble later in the season or in the playoffs.
3/11/15: The Portland Trailblazers have a comfortable lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division and are in good shape to make the playoffs based solely on the excellent work they have already done this season. But there is reason for concern in Portland since the unsung Wesley Matthews (the Trail Blazers starting two guard) went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Portland loses one of the best three point shooters in the game with Matthews out. They called Ray Allen for a possible return to the NBA, but Allen is content to play golf and may return next season.
3/4/15: With about a fourth of the season left on the schedule, the Portland Trail Blazers are still holding on to their lead in the Northwest Division. But that lead is not as safe as it once was because the Oklahoma City Thunder are barreling in on the Blazers at full speed. Portland still has a nice six game lead, and they will need to do what they can to protect it. Portland has been excellent at home, going 24-6. The road record is another story, however. They are only 13-13 away from home and that will need to improve significantly in the playoffs if they are going to be a legit competitor.
2/25/15: Amidst all the excitement of the trade deadline, which was the busiest transaction day in the last 25 years with 39 players getting traded, the Portland Trail Blazers lost one of their legends. Sadly, Jerome Kersey passed away at age 52. Kersey was a longshot to make the NBA as a second round pick from Division II Longwood College. But he played 11 years with Portland and averaged 17 points per game. Out of respect, current Trail Blazers guard Steve Blake put away his 25 jersey - the same number Kersey wore - and changed to number 5.
2/18/15: It took a while to get the proper recognition, but Portland point guard Damian Lillard finally got his invite to the All Star Game. Actually, it took Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers suffering a staph infection in his arm to get an invite, but it came nonetheless. As a team, Portland is in great position heading into the final stretch of the regular season. They have a 36-17 record, good for first place in the Northwest Division, eight games ahead of Oklahoma City and currently sit with the third seed in the Conference, which would mean home court during at least the first round of the playoffs.
2/11/15: The Portland Trailblazers have had a rough go of it lately, finishing their last 10 games with a lowly 4-6 mark. However, they are still comfortably ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division and still comfortably in the mix for a playoff spot. The NBA All Star Game is this weekend and Portland is not as well represented as they should be. LaMarcus Aldridge was selected by the coaches as a reserve, but point guard Damian Lillard is a big snub. Many believe that he should have Chris Paul's spot. Lillard is reportedly upset about the snub, and that may be bad news for the rest of the West. In the end, Lillard got the nod to replace Blake Griffin, who is out with a staph infection.
2/5/15: Portland already has one of the best teams in the NBA and, barring a massive collapse, should be in the playoffs this season - likely with home court advantage for at least the first round. Now, they may be even more motivated. Damian Lillard made no bones about being upset if he should be snubbed for an All Star spot. He was not selected to be the on the team and that means that he may end up channeling his anger and taking it out on the rest of the league. Since there have been some injuries to the Western stars, Lillard may end up being a replacement, but that choice would come from Commissioner Adam Silver.
1/28/15: LaMarcus Aldridge is having another monster season for the Portland Trailblazers and is a major reason why the team has dominated the Northwest Division and sits third overall in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. So it was terrible news that he tore a ligament in his left thumb. The team initially said that it would require surgery and Aldridge would be out six to eight weeks. Aldridge has a different opinion and does not want to miss two months. Instead, he is playing through the pain in a gutsy effort to keep the Trailblazers strong season going.
1/21/15: It has been a good season for the Portland Trailblazers so far. Good, but quiet. While the team has been one of the first to reach the 30 win mark (something the L.A. Lakers may not do and something the New York Knicks certainly will not do), not many people are talking about one of the best teams in the NBA. Actually, the entire Western Conference is on its head this season as the divison leaders are Portland, Golden Stae and Memphis. While that does not make for good media copy, it certainly makes for good basketball, which is what Portland is doing these days.
10/18/12: Everyone in Portland agrees that the 2011-12 season did not exist. In fact, they may just change the record books to say "2011-12: No Season Played". But the team is rebuilt. Terry Stotts is the new head coach. They still have all-star LaMarcus Aldridge and the best point guard in the draft class, Damien Lillard. Without Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers will be able to run an uptempo offense and keep defenses offbalanced and tired. There are no promises of a postseason here, but at least they should be able to keep the 2012-13 records for the future.
10/4/12: Portland finished at 28-38 last season, and many people think they could make a run at a playoff spot this time around. Most of the focus is on LeMarcus Aldridge and what he must do (read: raise his game) for this team to succeed. Aldridge has built a nice start to his NBA career, which many miss because he plays in Portland. But he is among the best young players (only 27), and is starting to learn team defense. Should Aldridge improve as many expect, then there may be some excitement back in the Rose City this year. If not, the line for tee times starts on the right.
8/16/12: John Wall is now the longest tenured player for the Wizards. That would not be an extraordinary piece of trivia except that Wall was drafted only two years ago in 2010. Wall earned this honor when the Wiz used the amnesty clause to rid themselves of Andray Blatche, who was a second round pick in 2005. Washington has made many personel missteps over the years, affording them the opportunity to secure good tee times in May on a regular basis. But even for a team that once selected Kwame Brown first overall, this is remarkably high turnover. The Wizards need stability, and the new roster looks as strong as any in recent memory.
8/2/12: Damian Lillard proclaimed himself the best point guard in the June Draft, and is now showing it on the court. Though he is from tiny Weber State, Lillard was the #6 overall pick, and may be the most important piece to Portland's rebuilding process. He is considered a 'can't miss' prospect who can run the floor and shoot, and is expected to start for the Trail Blazers once the season is underway. He stole the show in the Las Vegas Summer League, and shared MVP honors with Memphis guard Josh Selby. With summer work finished, it is only a few months before we see if Lillard can continue on in the big leagues.
7/26/12: In a a curious move, Portland matched a 4 year, $46.5 million dollar offer sheet by the Timberwolves for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. Minnesota presented Batum the offer sheet after several attempts to trade for him were shot down by Portland. One offer reportedly included three future first round picks and SF Derrick Williams. The Trail Blazers tried to extend Batum last year with a $5 million per year deal, but Batum declined. All of this seems to be a overpriced and outlandish for a guy who averaged 14 ppg last summer and clearly does not want to be in Portland any more.
5/23/12: Reports out of Oregon indicate that former #1 overall pick Greg Oden has undergone a controversial procedure to revive his career. The Trail Blazers passed on Kevin Durant five years ago to take Oden, who has been plagued by major injuries since college. Kevin Durant, in the meantime, has gone on to become one of the best and most popular players in the league. Thereby continuing a sad tradition of the franchise of wasting premiere draft choices (see: Michael Jordan). Portland now hopes to secure another top pick in the upcoming lottery, and this time (finally) pick that franchise player they so dearly need.
5/15/12: Despite rampant rumors, owner (and Microsoft co-founder) Paul Allen insists that the team is not for sale. Allen went so far as to write an open letter to fans describing his current intentions, the search for a new/permanent general manager, and his hiring goals in the near term. Allen also said that the past season was the most disappointing in his 24 years as an owner, particularly after a 7-2 start. The Trail Blazers have loads of cap-space and two high draft picks, and LaMarcus Aldridge came into his own (earning his first All-Star appearance) so a quick turnaround is very possible.
5/11/12: As Portland licks its wounds and develops its draft and free agent strategy for the offseason, the team must define its real needs. Lamarcus Aldridge was terrific all year, finishing 8th in scoring at 21.7 points per game and 25th in rebounding with 8 per game. But Aldridge needs players around him. Restricted free agents Nicolas Batum and J.J. Hickson will likely return, but neither addresses the Trailblazers most glaring weakness, a cener. Portland waived former number one oveall pick Greg Oden, who has never been healthy, and the team lacks a true interior presence to draw double teams and grab rebounds.
5/3/12: The Portland Trail Blazers ended the season on a very low note, losing seven in a row and nine of their their last 10 games to finish 28-38 on the season. The Trail Blazers made the playoffs the previous three seasons, getting eliminated in the first round each time. The team and fans were optimistic about making the second round this season, but failure to meet expectations led to the March firing of head coach Nate McMillan after almost seven years at the helm. The team must decide their intentions on restricted free agents Nate Batuma and J.J. Hickson soon as well.
4/25/12: Portland was utterly routed 124-89 by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, giving rise to speculation that the Trail Blazers are tanking the season to improve their lottery draft odds. The Spurs locked up the number one seed in the West, and have the luxury of resting starters in their final week. Portland is playing short-handed and has not made any moves to fortify their bench as the season winds down - the first time they will miss the playoffs in four years. Portland wrapped up their season with a 96-94 loss to Utah, finishing the 2011-12 campaign at 28-38.
4/18/12: With the team eliminated from going to the postseason, it would be easy to tank the remainder of the season. Despite losing their last three games to Dallas, Sacramento, and Phoenix, respectively, the Trail Blazers continue to compete. Dallas edged Portland 97-94 on Friday, and Sacramento survived on Sunday only because of a winning jumpshot with 3.4 seconds remaining by Marcus Thorton. The heavy schedule took a toll the following night, as Phoenix overwhelmed Portland 125-107. Portland has four games remaining, at home versus Utah, then finishing with three on the road against Memphis, San Antonio, and Utah again.
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Portland Trail Blazers - Venue InformationThe Portland Trail Blazers have called the Rose Garden home since October of 1995. Ground broke on the project in 1993 and ultimately cost $262 million to build. In addition to the Trail Blazers, the WHL's Portland Winterhawks also play their home games at the Rose Garden. "The Garden," as it's come to be known, has a capacity of 21,401 for hockey and 18,280 for hockey. The name "Rose Garden" was chosen to reflect Portland's nickname as the Rose City. Currently, the Trail Blazers are seeking corporate sponsorship for the arena but have yet to make a deal with anyone. It is one of the few arenas in the NBA to not have its own naming rights. The arena features 70 skyboxes, each one with a seating capacity of 22 guests. Skyboxes include amenities such as catering, private restrooms, wet bars, multiple TVs, and a sound system. The arena features four concourses in total, all featuring concession stands. In addition to hockey and football, the Rose Garden has hosted many WWE events and NCAA basketball games.
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|Apr 29, 2015||Western Conf Quarterfinals: Portland Trail Blazers - Memphis Grizzlies - Game 5||93 - 99|
|Apr 22, 2015||Western Conf Quarterfinals: Portland Trail Blazers - Memphis Grizzlies - Game 2||82 - 97|
|Apr 19, 2015||Western Conf Quarterfinals: Portland Trail Blazers - Memphis Grizzlies - Game 1||86 - 100|
|Apr 15, 2015||Portland Trail Blazers - Dallas Mavericks||98 - 114|
|Apr 13, 2015||Portland Trail Blazers - Oklahoma City Thunder||90 - 101|
|Apr 11, 2015||Utah Jazz - Portland Trail Blazers||111 - 105|
|Apr 8, 2015||Minnesota Timberwolves - Portland Trail Blazers||91 - 116|
|Apr 6, 2015||Portland Trail Blazers - Brooklyn Nets||96 - 106|
|Apr 4, 2015||New Orleans Pelicans - Portland Trail Blazers||90 - 99|
|Apr 1, 2015||Los Angeles Clippers - Portland Trail Blazers||126 - 122|
|Mar 30, 2015||Phoenix Suns - Portland Trail Blazers||86 - 109|
|Mar 28, 2015||Denver Nuggets - Portland Trail Blazers||114 - 120|
|Mar 27, 2015||Portland Trail Blazers - Phoenix Suns||87 - 81|
|Mar 25, 2015||Portland Trail Blazers - Utah Jazz||92 - 89|