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February 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (26-28) host the Portland Trail Blazers (25-29) on Friday night at Staples Center. The two have met two times already this season, both teams winning on their home floors. The Lakers recently climbed into ninth place in the standings, ahead of the Blazers by just half a game. Given the Lakers hope to climb into the top eight to make the playoffs, they'll need to lock in a 2-1 series lead with a win. The two meet a final time in Portland on April 10. Key Matchup The Blazers rely on five players.
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Portland Trail Blazers expected to make the playoffs. They never envisioned practically wrapping up a spot by the day after Christmas. A 24-5 start gave them the best record in the NBA and made them the league's biggest marvel. "I would lie," center Robin Lopez admitted this week, "if I said the beginning of the season didn't surprise me. " The next three months would be startling in a different sort of way. The Blazers have gone 25-23 since their world-beater days, though they're on the verge of clinching their first playoff berth since 2011 and still have a chance to secure home-court advantage in the first round.
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February 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
On their day off Wednesday, the Lakers were tied with the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings. The New Orleans Hornets defeated Portland, 99-63, on Wednesday night, dropping the Blazers to 25-28, the same record the Lakers have after a 91-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The Lakers are still technically in 10th place. The Lakers and Blazers have split their two games, with the next tiebreaker based on conference record. Portland is 16-16 and the Lakers are 14-18 against conference opponents.
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February 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Jason Collins said the reaction to him becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA had been positive, with one exception. “Well, of course on Twitter you're going to have a few crazies,” Collins said before the Brooklyn Nets practiced Tuesday at the men's gym at UCLA. “I've always done a good job of just blocking those people immediately and never responding to that. That's Twitter. As far as people who actually have my number, the support has been overwhelmingly positive.” Among the messages Collins has received since he made history Sunday against the Lakers was one from tennis legend Billie Jean King, who recently returned from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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June 11, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He has the headbands. He has the dance. He's the talk of town. Now Cliff Robinson has a worthwhile showing in the NBA finals to go with all of that. Shooting 33.3% and averaging just 2.3 rebounds the first three games, Robinson checked in as more than a local cult hero Wednesday night. He became a key player getting 17 points, six rebounds and four assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls, 93-88, in Game 4 of the NBA finals at Memorial Coliseum. That was more like it.
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May 5, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
The sun had yet to break through the usual patches of fog at Manhattan Beach one recent morning, which was reason enough for all but the most dedicated runners and surfers to stay inside. But there on the boardwalk was Jack Ramsay, a slim, balding and surprisingly fit 60-year-old, briskly cutting through the morning stillness. Eyes fixed straight ahead, Ramsay was running reasonably fast--a 7-minute 30-second pace for four miles--and apparently with little discomfort.
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March 30, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul did it again. As he has so many times for the Clippers this season, Paul delivered in the game's most tense moments, lifting them to a 98-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at Staples Center. Paul's driving layup with 5.0 seconds left were the final points of the game. He beat Portland's J.J. Hickson off the dribble with a modified crossover move to score the last of his 20 points on eight-for-13 shooting. He also had 14 assists, including one to Randy Foye (20 points)
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April 11, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant would like some rest eventually. Just not a whole summer's worth. The finish line to the Lakers' playoff push is in sight, and Bryant is ready to breast the tape at the point of unconsciousness if necessary. "Three more [games] and then get a couple of days off, hopefully," Bryant said Wednesday night after squeezing 48 minutes and a season-high 47 points out of himself during the Lakers' 113-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. About the only time Bryant has left the court in the Lakers' last six games has been for timeout huddles and at halftime.
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October 22, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Guard Robert Pack, a second-year player from USC, signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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February 12, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Maybe J.J. Redick could play with his sore right hip, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is taking no chances with his starting shooting guard, who will sit out Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Redick said his injury has improved, but he will listen to Rivers and miss his fourth straight game. "I don't think that I'll play tomorrow. That's what Doc says," Redick said. "It's a day-to-day thing. " With the All-Star break coming up Thursday through Sunday, Redick will have had two weeks off to make sure his hip is 100% healthy.
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February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Looking ahead OKLAHOMA CITY AT PORTLAND, 7 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: NBA TV. Neil Olshey can never get enough credit. The Mike Dunleavy protégé turned the Clippers into big winners and now has built the Portland Trail Blazers into a Western Conference power in only his second season as the team's general manager. New additions Robin Lopez and Mo Williams have bolstered the core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum while making Portland one of the NBA's breakthrough teams.
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February 7, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in five events during All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will do the slam dunk contest, the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the three-point contest and he made the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. "A lot of people don't get the opportunity," Lillard told USA TODAY. "So I just felt like it was something that had never been done, and I'm capable of doing all the things that need to be done in all the competitions, so I figured why not go out and be the first one to do everything and get that experience.
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December 27, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
One shot or one play doesn't necessarily determine the outcome of a game, coaches and players like to say, because there are so many shots and plays during the course of a game. But there was one shot Thursday night, by Portland's Nicolas Batum, that had the Clippers talking after the game, all of them lamenting how they should have done something different to prevent the game-tying three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers said he should have had his team commit a foul to put one of the Trail Blazers at the free-throw line.
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December 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
After an emotional, drama-filled game that led to two ejections, the Clippers are forced to turn their attention to playing a very good Portland Trail Blazers team Thursday night. It'll be interesting to see how Blake Griffin responds after he was ejected from the rumble-and-tumble Golden State Warriors game Wednesday night in Oakland. The Clippers lost, 103-105. Griffin cannot afford to let his mind linger back to the Warriors game because he'll be facing a tough opponent in power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
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December 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (9-8) return home from a three-game trip to host the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) on Sunday night at Staples Center. The Blazers have been one of the best teams in the NBA through the first month of the season, already with seven wins in nine road games. Portland is a very different team than the Lakers, relying heavily on the offensive production of four players (LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum) -- each scoring at least 14.1 points a night.
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November 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Techno team The core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum is approaching Big Three status. Newcomers Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson and Dorell Wright have added quality depth that was missing last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews has made an insane 50.5% of his three-pointers. There's also the iPads. The what? That's right, one of the reasons the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) bring the second-best record in the Western Conference into Staples Center on Sunday against the Lakers is their use of hand-held devices often associated with playing video games and surfing the Internet.
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July 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers, playing their second summer league game in Las Vegas, improved to 1-1 on Sunday with an 81-63 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Lester Hudson led the Lakers with 15 points on five-of-eight shooting in just over 22 1/2 minutes of action. Marcus Landry contributed 14 points, and while he shot just five of 14 from the field, he led the Lakers with a plus-minus of 26 points. Landry, brother of Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry, has the look of a possible camp invitee for the Lakers.
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