No surprise: Arron Afflalo is DOUBTFUL for tomorrow per Blazers.
CJ McCollum making hard cuts and quick moves off the dribble. Looks like the left ankle is just fine.
Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
Mavs Moneyball "I know this game was largely meaningless, but it feels good to hit the 50-win mark again. Plus the basketball gods smiled upon MFFLs everywhere, as the Pelicans and Rockets won in order to give Dallas a matchup with Houston in the playoffs rather than yet another soul-crushing series against the..." April 16
Real GM Basketball "The Golden State Warriors finished the 14-15 season first in the NBA in efficiency differential in the regular season at +10.3 per 100 possessions. The Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers round out the top-5. The Warriors, Spurs, Hawks and Portland..." April 16
Blazer's Edge "Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum suffered a knee injury during the Blazers' 101-90 loss to Oklahoma City last night. After the game, the team reported that X-Rays were negative, and Batum would receive an MRI today. The latest update has just come in." April 15
McCollum (ankle) and Batum (knee) are OUT; Kaman (back) is QUESTIONABLE; and Aldridge (foot) is PROBABLE for tomorrow vs. Dallas. #RipCity
The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook bristled at the question, probably because by now he expects everyone to know his feelings on the matter. And so when he was asked before Monday night’s game against Portland whether he cherished playing even more after being granted leniency by the league office, Westbrook..." April 14
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
Portland G CJ McCollum (left ankle sprain) will not return.
Portland F Nicolas Batum (right knee injury) will not return. X-Rays are negative.
Terry Stotts says he's hopeful that LaMarcus Aldridge (left foot) will be able to play Wednesday vs. Dallas
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Blazers just announced LaMarcus Aldridge (foot sprain) is out at OKC tonight.
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Stotts said LaMarcus Aldridge had an MRI on his foot Friday. It was negative but foot was sore so he'll sit.
Salt Lake Tribune "Derrick Favors knew long before tipoff that he wasn't going to set foot on the court. So, too, did Gordon Hayward, who sat at the end of the bench with a towel to wave, not wipe away sweat. Trevor Booker made sure he had plenty of chances to use it. The fifth-year forward scored a..." April 12
Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge (left foot sprain) is OUT for Saturday's game with Utah. #RipCity
CSN Bay Area "The Warriors on Thursday night, for the fourth time this season, entered a game having lost two in a row. And for the fourth time, they avoided a third consecutive loss. Stephen Curry made sure of that, scoring 19 of his game-high 45 points in the fourth quarter and leading the Warriors to a..." April 10
MRI confirms Portland G Arron Afflalo has a right shoulder strain. He's expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks. #RipCity
Pro Basketball Talk "A few weeks back, the Trail Blazers were my dark horse pick to come out of the West. Golden State and San Antonio are the most likely to advance, but I could see Portland giving anyone and everyone trouble. Then Wesley Matthews went down for the season. That seemed to end any dream of a run to..." April 10
Blazer's Edge "LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers split the season series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking them down easily, 116-91 Wednesday night at Moda Center. The extra rest certainly seemed to help the players who did not make the trip to New York...." April 09
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
New York Post "Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. That adage can be applied to the Nets in multiple ways, and especially after they beat the Trail Blazers 106-96 in Brooklyn on Monday night. For starters, the fact the Nets are in the Eastern Conference, where three teams could make the playoffs..." April 07
Nets Daily "Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets won their fifth straight game at home and helped their playoff chances with a 106-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Before the game, Robin Lopez, Brook's brother jokingly said, "It's amazing how far you can go with a crappy center." Lopez then scored..." April 07
Stotts also said he has no plans to rest any players again after tonight's game vs. Nets.
Blazer's Edge "John Dorn, a featured columnist at bleacherreport.com predicts the players he thinks may thrive when the bright lights of the NBA playoffs are turned on in a few weeks. His list includes C.J. McCollum along with Houston's Terrence Jones, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chicago's Jimmy Butler,..." April 06
Nicolas Batum, Chris Kaman, and LaMarcus Aldridge will not travel with the #Blazers to Brooklyn per sources. Will all stay home to rest.
Dorell Wright (left hand fracture) expected to miss 4-6 weeks
CSN Northwest "Near the end of the third quarter of Wednesday night’s contest between the Blazers and the Clippers, Chris Kaman received a flagrant foul for shoving Chris Paul to the floor, after which a brief altercation ensued. As the league weighs its options in terms of additional punishment for Kaman in..." April 03
Los Angeles Times "Doc Rivers was tired and grouchy before the Clippers took the court at the Moda Center, joking that he would be ejected for complaining before the end of the first quarter. Of course, that would have entailed missing all the fun that followed. Chris Paul was shoved to the court Wednesday..." April 02
Portland F Dorell Wright (L hand fracture) is OUT Friday @ LA Lakers. Wright did travel with team to LA where he'll be further evaluated.
CSN Northwest "Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand in Wednesday night's 126-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Trail Blazers announced. X-Rays confirmed the fracture and the timetable for Wright's return remains indefinite. While it has not been..." April 02
Oregonian "There was no group celebration. No backslapping or high-fiving. The Trail Blazers clinched a berth to the Western Conference playoffs Monday night with a dominant 109-86 drubbing of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd of 19,441. Yaaaaawn. Grab your pillow. "This is not the peak for..." March 31
Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31
Pro Basketball Talk "The Blazers have signed rookie guard Tim Frazier, who has played in the D-League as well as a brief stint with the Sixers. The team announced the signing in a press release on Monday: The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Tim Frazier for the remainder of the season, President of..." March 31
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
CSN Northwest "The Utah Jazz had everything under control on Wednesday night. The Jazz had just finished another explosive quarter, took a 10-point lead into the final period, only 12 minutes away from sending Portland to its sixth straight loss. “We knew that we were in control at that point in time,”..." March 26
CSN Bay Area "For the first time since 1976, the Warriors are Pacific Division champions. After a relatively lethargic first half, they came out in the third quarter and blitzed the Trail Blazers en route to a 122-108 victory at Moda Center in Portland. The Warriors (58-13) not only clinched the division..." March 25
LaMarcus Aldridge (L index finger sprain) & Nic Batum (low back pain) are QUESTIONABLE; Chris Kaman (R shoulder strain) is OUT 2nite @ Utah.
CSN Northwest "Damian Lillard wants to make something clear. Despite the Blazers All-Star point guard playing a team-high 2,462 minutes in all 68 games, completing 4,282 passes, scoring 1,445 points and attempting 1,132 field goals, he’s not fatigued. Is Lillard tired? After a five-game road..." March 24
CSN Northwest "When discussing how the Blazers took pride in not losing consecutive games, Meyers Leonard used the word: "refocus.” Leonard was explaining how Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts doesn’t do much yelling, especially after losses, but instead watches film, pinpointing the team's mistakes,..." March 22
ESPN.com "What players described as a nightmarish road trip for the Portland Trail Blazers took another scary turn when star center LaMarcus Aldridge and forward Nicolas Batum were injured in Saturday's 97-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Aldridge bruised his left hand in the first quarter and..." March 22
Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For months, the Miami Heat had been able to back up something substantive with something else substantive. Instead, the winning streaks, as limited they were, were backed up against the likes of the Orlando Magic or Los Angeles Lakers. And then came Monday's victory over the Cleveland..." March 19
Washington Post "Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers’ all-star point guard, spotted a rare sliver of space in the swarming Washington Wizards defense, put his head down and attacked the basket with his left hand. He was seeking to ignite his floundering squad, overmatched for the previous 28 minutes,..." March 17
USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17
Oregonian "Did the Trail Blazers' no-doubt-about-it 113-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors impress you? Did you find beauty in watching the basketball whiz around the perimeter like a hot potato? Did you think that old free-flowing "flow" offense resembled a work of art? You were not alone. "That..." March 16
CBSSports.com "One of the best running gags in the NBA is Robin Lopez's feud with every single mascot in the NBA. This feud has now gone international as with the Blazers traveling to Toronto tonight, Lopez had a run-in with the Raptor. Perhaps planning for his encounter with Lopez, the Raptor brought in..." March 16