April 1, 2014 |
The Lakers (25-48) stunned the Trail Blazers (48-27) in Portland on March 3, 107-106. The Blazers are fighting for a playoff position in the West, but with a three-game winning streak, Portland is 3-1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Phoenix Suns (44-30). Can the Lakers play spoiler again, as they did Sunday with a surprise 115-99 win over the Suns? Portland has improved in recent games, getting All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on the court from a back injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks.
February 25, 2014 |
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.
February 12, 2014 |
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.
February 8, 2014 |
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.
February 7, 2014 |
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.
December 27, 2013 |
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.