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  • Blazers' Damian Lillard on Ribs Injury: 'Obviously You Feel It, but That's It'

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard's uncharacteristic performance, which has led to his Portland Trail Blazers trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals, may have an explanation.   While meeting with the media Sunday, the All-Star point guard confirmed he has..." May 20

  • Meyers Leonard is tired of hearing criticism of Damian Lillard

    Clutch Points "Most headines today about the Golden State Warriors – Portland Trail Blazers series might be about how Damian Lillard has been mediocre in the Western Conference Finals thus far. Blazers big man Meyers Leonard was having none of it. He defended his All-NBA point guard and added..." May 19

  • Damian Lillard does not think injured ribs are impacting his play

    Larry Brown Sports "Damian Lillard has not had the impact on the Western Conference Finals that he would have wanted to have, but he refuses to blame his injured rib for that. Lillard is dealing with separated ribs sustained during Game 2. In Game 3, he shot just 28 percent from the field while being..." May 19

  • Blazers Fan Chugs His Beer As Security Struggles To Toss Him Out of Playoff Game

    Total Pro Sports "This is rather impressive. The Portland Trail Blazers are down to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals 3-0 and are on the cusp of being sent home for the summer. For the second straight game, the team held a double-digit lead against the Warriors, only..." May 19

  • Terry Stotts says Trail Blazers need effort over strategy in Game 4

    Sporting News "Terry Stotts thinks effort will be more important than strategy when the Trail Blazers try to avoid being swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors moved up 3-0 in the series with a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday, Stephen Curry scoring 36..." May 19

  • Damian Lillard reportedly playing with separated ribs "Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has struggled during the Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors, and it might partly be attributed to injury. Lillard has been playing with separated ribs, according to Shams Charania of The..." May 19

  • Warriors guard Klay Thompson has great appreciation for city of Portland

    Clutch Points "Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has a great appreciation for the city of Portland. Thompson played his college basketball at Washington State University. The Warriors guard talked about Portland and the state of Oregon in general. “I’m like a..." May 18

  • Kevin Durant forcefully responds to Seth Curry’s claim that Warriors are harder to guard without him

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry recently said the Golden State Warriors are harder to guard without Kevin Durant because the ball moves more. Durant, who is currently sidelined with a right calf strain, saw the comment and reacted to it on Instagram. The two-time Finals MVP..." May 18

  • Bucks, Warriors sweeps would set stage for ultimate NBA Finals battle

    USA Today "Damian Lillard will hurry to tell you that all the Golden State Warriors have done so far is “protect home.” Likewise, there are no white flags being hoisted by the Toronto Raptors, despite a 2-0 deficit that arose from a combination of being wasteful in one game and woeful in..." May 18

  • NBA says referees were right not to call foul on Andre Iguodala’s late strip

    Larry Brown Sports "Last 2 Minute reports are often used to rip on NBA referees, but the league’s release of the report from Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors-Portland Trail Blazers series indicates that they got a tough call right in the decisive stages. According to the L2M report, Andre..." May 17

  • 'I was trying to get in his head': The Curry sibling rivalry briefly took over Game 2

    ESPN "The fact that Sonya Curry sent a group text to her extended family on the eve of the Western Conference finals is not surprising. She's always sending inspirational texts to the family. Or as she pronounces it, "texes, like Texas." But this "texes" message was..." May 17

  • Damian Lillard: 'Lot of contact' by Andre Iguodala on final play

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard believed there was contact before Andre Iguodala's strip that sealed the Golden State Warriors' 114-111 win in Thursday night's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, but he didn't blame the referees for not blowing the..." May 17

  • Steve Kerr says Warriors 'stole' Game 2 after being 'outplayed' by Trail Blazers "It was in question for much of the game, but the Golden State Warriors eventually found a way to take a 2-0 series lead with a win over the Trail Blazers. In Game 2, the Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points, entered the half down 15 points and trailed by eight points with under..." May 17

  • Seth Curry Believes The Warriors Are ‘Harder To Guard’ Without Kevin Durant

    Dime Magazine "Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals felt familiar, as the Warriors dominated the Blazers as they’ve done twice in the past in the playoffs, and did so in the way that first made them the league’s best team back before the addition of Kevin Durant. With Durant..." May 16

  • Blazers have a lot of problems to fix after Game 1 -- on offense and defense

    NBC Sports Northwest "You couldn’t blame Steve Kerr. It was just kind of a little slip, you know. He didn’t mean anything disparaging. And he was probably correct, anyway. Asked about how well his bench played during Tuesday night’s series-opening 116-94 win over the Trail..." May 15

  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • Turkish TV won’t air Enes Kanter’s NBA playoff games. He says government is ‘afraid’ of him.

    Washington Post "Turkish sports broadcaster S Sport will not air the NBA’s Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers because of the political stance of Portland center Enes Kanter, a vocal opponent of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip..." May 14

  • Damian Lillard denies saying Warriors "due" but confident in Blazers' chances

    NBC Sports Northwest "Eyebrows were raised Monday morning when a quote from Damian Lillard started circulating in which the Portland Trail Blazers star supposedly told a Denver Nuggets ball boy that the Warriors were "due" to be beaten in the playoffs. Later Monday, Lillard adamantly..." May 14

  • Steve Kerr: The Curry family is NBA royalty

    Sporting News "Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the Currys are NBA royalty as brothers Stephen and Seth prepare to clash in the Western Conference finals. It will be a family affair in the west with Stephen Curry's two-time reigning champions Warriors facing Seth's Portland..." May 14

  • Rodney Hood considered day-to-day after clean MRI on knee

    Larry Brown Sports "Rodney Hood appeared to be in a significant amount of pain when he suffered a leg injury during the Portland Trail Blazers’ win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, but it sounds like he could be available for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Shams Charania of The Athletic..." May 13

  • Blazers' Damian Lillard Says Warriors 'Due' for an Upset Entering West Finals

    Bleacher Report "Damian Lillard had an encouraging thought about the Golden State Warriors immediately after his Game 7 win Sunday. "They're due," the Portland Trail Blazers star said, indicating a series loss could be coming soon. Lillard's words..." May 13

  • Kevin Durant told CJ McCollum last year Blazers are not championship team

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors will have to get through the Portland Trail Blazers if they want to make it to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals. Assuming Kevin Durant’s opinion has not changed much since the offseason, he can’t be all that worried about his upcoming opponent. Back..." May 13

  • Terry Stotts admits Blazers would be ‘at home watching television’ without Rodney Hood, Enes Kanter

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers have had quite a run in these 2019 playoffs, and they are on the cusp of the Western Conference Finals as they head into a Game 7 matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. They are already in much better position today than they were a year ago. At this..." May 12

  • Sonya, Dell Curry to flip coin over which son to support in conference finals

    Larry Brown Sports "With the Portland Trail Blazers having come back from 17 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Seth Curry and his older brother Stephen will now be facing each other in the Western Conference Finals. That could make rooting a bit awkward for their parents, but it sounds like the..." May 12

  • Stephen Curry, Seth Curry to be first brothers to play in conference finals

    Clutch Points "It won’t be spicy Curry — with no bitter taste or resentments — but it will be wet Curry with all the 3-point splashdowns likely to occur: Yes, Stephen Curry and Seth Curry will meet in the 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals, the first time in league history that two brothers..." May 12

  • Blazers' Enes Kanter Trolls Nuggets for Premature WCF Ticket Pre-Sale

    Bleacher Report "It took only a few minutes for Enes Kanter to troll the Denver Nuggets and their fans after Game 7. After the Portland Trail Blazers won their second-round series over Denver with a 100-96 win Sunday, Kanter took to Twitter to mock the team's pre-sale for the Western Conference..." May 12

  • Rodney Hood exits Game 7 with apparent knee injury

    Sportsnaut "Rodney Hood was forced off the court with an apparent knee injury with just over five minutes remaining in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets. Hood injured his leg on a screen as he was on defense. He appeared to..." May 12

  • Mike Malone downplays Nuggets-Blazers scuffle: 'It's playoff basketball'

    ESPN "Nuggets coach Michael Malone dismissed the notion that a shoving match between Denver's Will Barton and Portland's Seth Curry in Game 6 might carry over into Game 7 on Sunday at Pepsi Center, especially after the Trail Blazers guard called the Nuggets..." May 12

  • Dame Lillard Calls Denver Radio Show Host a 'Clown'

    Complex "Portland's Dame Lillard responded to the Denver radio host that sent a verbal shot at his teammate Jusuf Nurkic.  In the closing minutes of Portland's Game 6 victory over the Nuggets, frustration seemed to drift past the players on the floor. After CJ..." May 11

  • Seth Curry calls Nuggets 'sassy dudes' and 'front-runners'

    SLAM Online "Whew boy, do we have a series on our hands. The Blazers and Nuggets have been neck and neck all series, and with Portland pulling away 104-90 late in Game 6, things got heated between the two teams. Will Barton and Seth Curry shoved each other, culminating in Barton sticking his..." May 11

  • Nuggets scorer Will Barton says there’s ‘no beef’ with Blazers, not worried about a suspension

    Clutch Points "While Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was hoping there won’t be further discipline for a skirmish late in Game 6 against the Portland Trail Blazers, his forward Will Barton is not worried about a potential suspension coming his..." May 10

  • Seth Curry, Will Barton altercation causes commotion in Nuggets-Blazers Game 6

    Clutch Points "Tempers flared between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of their second-round NBA playoff series on May 9. More specifically, Blazers guard Seth Curry took exception to Nuggets guard Will Barton’s antics. After officials called Denver..." May 10

  • Lillard: No choice but to finally play our best

    ESPN "Backed up against elimination following a disappointing Game 5 where the Denver Nuggets led by as many as 31 points, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard said he was still waiting for his team to play its best game. "We don't feel like we've played our best..." May 08

  • One Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Pick

    Bleacher Report "Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery on May 14 will focus its attention on Zion Williamson. That organization can also expect phone calls from franchises across the league looking to pry away the No. 1 pick. Regardless of how highly the lottery winner thinks of..." May 08

  • Trail Blazers Video Coordinator, Jonathan Yim, leaves hospital with the help of Noah Vonleh

    NBC Sports Washington "Jonathan Yim, the team’s hard-working video coordinator and a developmental coach, was recently hospitalized after a serious auto accident that involved his mother, sister and sister’s husband. Today, he left the hospital, with a little assistance rom former Trail Blazer..." May 07

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Should Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The approaching 2019 NBA offseason means attention will soon pivot from reality to fantasy. When the games end, roster reconstruction begins. That means the draft, free agency and, most of all, fanciful trade speculation. Every team has a shot to do something spectacular..." May 07

  • Enes Kanter texts Olajuwon for Ramadan advice

    ESPN "Enes Kanter, a devout Muslim, is fasting from sunrise to sunset each day for the next month in observance of Ramadan. He even sought out an NBA legend for some advice on how to do it while maintaining a high level of play in the playoffs for the Portland Trail Blazers. "I..." May 07

  • Detroit Pistons have Seth Curry on their target list this summer

    Detroit Bad Boys "Last season, the Detroit Pistons were stuck trying to fill plenty of holes and no money to work with. The team settled on a modest deal to Glenn Robinson III and vet minimum contracts for Jose Calderon and Zaza Pachulia. While you’re mileage may vary on Zaza, I’d say none of the..." May 06

  • Was Nikola Jokic’s push of Enes Kanter cheap or just playoff basketball?

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s the playoffs and everyone is trying to manipulate the referees to get calls down the line. It’s about planting seeds in the minds of referees. Was that a cheap shot? Portland coach Terry Stotts unsurprisingly thinks it was, via NBC Sports..." May 05

  • Terry Stotts: Nikola Jokic’s box out on Kanter was ‘uncalled for’

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Jokic’s physical contact with Enes Kanter on a box out during a free throw attempt in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night has sparked plenty of discussion. Jokic was seen ramming into Kanter on a free throw attempt during the second quarter. The..." May 04

  • L2M Report: 4 incorrect calls made late in Nuggets-Blazers 4OT epic

    The Score "Four calls were either made incorrectly or missed in the final two minutes of regulation plus the extra time needed during Friday night's four-overtime clash between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA's last-two-minute report confirmed. With 1:02 left in..." May 04

  • C.J. McCollum is the Key That Unlocks the Blazers

    The Big Lead "The Blazers came away with a thriller of a victory on Friday night, outlasting the Nuggets in quadruple OT and coming away with a 2-1 series lead. Rodney Hood was the hero of the moment, hitting the go-ahead three with 17 seconds left to put the Blazers up 140-137. But the real hero, and the..." May 04

  • Enes Kanter Injured Separated Shoulder More in Nuggets-Trail Blazers Game 3

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter said he "separated [his] shoulder more" during the first overtime of the team's 140-137 quadruple OT victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Kanter has been dealing with the injury since the final game of the..." May 04

  • Cheap shot? Enes Kanter calls out Nikola Jokic for dirty play on Twitter

    Oregonian "It’s playoff time, and that means teams fight a little harder in the postseason while scratching and clawing their way to a win anyway they can. Usually, those efforts stop short of throwing elbows or intentionally trying to hurt an opponent. This video of Nikola Jokic throwing..." May 04

  • Blazers coach Terry Stotts not taking credit for key substitution

    Yardbarker "Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts made a substitution late in Friday night’s playoff game against the Denver Nuggets that propelled his team to victory in a four-overtime affair, but he is not ready to be hailed as a genius. Rodney Hood entered Game 3 with 1:59 remaining..." May 04

  • Who will start if Maurice Harkless can't go tonight for Trail Blazers?

    NBC Sports Northwest "WHO WILL START IF MAURICE HARKLESS CAN’T GO?: A great question because Terry Stotts is one of the most unpredictable coaches you’ll ever find when it comes to his lineups. If you just want to move up the most effective bench player capable of handling the position,..." May 03

  • Enes Kanter draws support of union after drawing jeers

    ESPN "The National Basketball Players Association issued a statement Thursday in support of Enes Kanter after the Turkish big man took to social media to call out mistreatment from Denver Nuggets fans and the NBA Turkey Twitter account. "The National Basketball..." May 03

  • Blazers' Harkless to have MRI on right ankle

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right ankle Thursday after spraining it during Wednesday's Game 2 victory over the Denver Nuggets. "There's no update other than that," Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters on..." May 02

  • Blazers’ Coaches Wore Bow Ties in Game 2 for Video Coordinator Jon Yim

    Blazer's Edge "The entire Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff wore bow ties for Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets in honor of Jon Yim, the team’s video coordinator/developmental coach. Yim was in a serious car accident in Portland last week and is currently recovering in the..." May 02

  • NBA cuts ties with its Turkish Twitter vendor after Kanter's criticism

    The Daily Beast "The NBA is cutting ties with a Turkish vendor that runs a Twitter account in that country under its logo after Portland Trail Blazers star Enes Kanter complained it “censored’’ his contribution to a victory. “How can the official NBA allow this?” tweeted Kanter, a..." May 02