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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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January 28, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Most NFL players require years to hone their football skills and become pros. Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas needed one season of college football. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Thomas played basketball for four seasons at Portland State, then joined the school's football team and ended up being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Three years later, he's preparing for the Super Bowl. "This isn't something that I imagined doing when I was 20 years old, getting ready to play in the NCAA tournament," Thomas said this week.
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January 2, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers have to improve on the road. They are 8-9 away from Staples Center this season, having lost three of their last four road games. They did keep it close in losses last week at Golden State on Christmas and at Portland on Dec. 26, but they know that the NBA's elite teams win even when they are not the home team. “We have to play better on the road,” Coach Doc Rivers said recently. “I know we were great and it was close [at Golden State and Portland], but we have to win games on the road.” The Clippers will get another opportunity this weekend as visitors against two tough opponents.
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December 27, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The missed shots, when the game hangs in the balance, gnaw at Chris Paul more than the highs he gets from making clutch shots for the Clippers. Paul experienced that unpleasant feeling during the Clippers' last two road games, both narrow losses, at Golden State and Portland. "It hurts more to miss it," Paul said after the loss Thursday to Portland. "When you practice this all the time, you expect to make it. So when you make it, it doesn't surprise you…. "In those situations, your team is counting on you, depending on you. So I think the worst part about it is letting them down.
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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 25, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 20-9 before Wednesday night's game; Trail Blazers 23-5. Record vs. Trail Blazers (2012-13): 3-1. Update: Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is having a great season, averaging 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. The Trail Blazers are 11-2 at home.
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December 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Caleb Porter, who led the Portland Timbers to the Western Conference finals, was named Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year on Monday. Defender Kevin Alston of the New England Revolution, who returned to the field in July after 4 1/2 months of treatment for cancer, was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year. Both winners were determined in a vote of media members, MLS players and club management. Porter, in his first year with the Timbers, led the team to a conference-best 14-5-15 record, matching the league record for fewest losses in a 34-game schedule.
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December 1, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
A 20-point deficit is often too much for a team to overcome. Not the feisty, fun-to-watch Lakers. But comebacks from two massive deficits? Sorry. Too much to ask. GAME SUMMARY: Trail Blazers 114, Lakers 108 The Portland Trail Blazers made sure of it, finally pushing away the Lakers, 114-108, on Sunday at Staples Center. The effort was there from Xavier Henry, who had a career-high 27 points for the Lakers, and Robert Sacre, who had career highs in points (12)
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