Oregonian "After spending the first two games of the first-round playoff series watching from the end of the bench, Trail Blazers shooting guard Arron Afflalo says his strained right shoulder is healthy enough for action. Afflalo is officially listed as probable, but he said Friday that he plans to play..." April 25
CBSSports.com "The San Antonio Spurs have their new franchise cornerstone in Kawhi Leonard, the two-way superstar who scored 32 points while smothering the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 on Friday. He'll be a restricted free agent in July, and the Spurs are hoping to lock him up with a max deal, then chase..." April 25
Per Blazers: Chris Kaman (L ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE and Arron Afflalo (R shoulder strain) is PROBABLE for Saturday's Game 3
Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24
Fox Sports Tennessee "Mike Conley stripped All-Star Damian Lillard and pumped a couple of fists. A sellout crowd pumped a lot of fists Wednesday as the Grizzlies beat Portland, 97-82, a second straight dominating win in this Western Conference first-round series. A newly-animated Conley and his unheralded team..." April 23
We know Knicks & Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July, but at least two teams in Texas believe they have shot at him: Spurs & Mavs
Pro Basketball Talk "It was meant to be an internal joke that got out and blown way out of proportion. That according to Portland’s Nicolas Batum, who told CSNNW.com he was the one who wrote the “We don’t lose to Spanish players” line on a motivational card in the team locker room. Batum, who is French and says he..." April 22
SB Nation "LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and will no doubt be one of the more coveted ones. The belief, though, has always been that he'd be re-signing with Portland. Not only can the team, via the league's Bird Rights rules, pay the most the money and give him an additional year, but..." April 21
ESPN.com "The Portland Trail Blazers had a laminated card in their locker room at the FedExForum on Sunday that included the phrase "We don't lose to Spanish players." The Memphis Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers' opponent in their Western Conference first-round series, feature one of the NBA's most..." April 21
Oregonian "It was 40 minutes before Game 1 here Sunday when Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen arrived at FedExForum and caught the eye of LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers star was in the midst of his pregame warmup when he stopped to run over to the corner baseline to greet the man who has paid him..." April 20
Memphis Commercial Appeal "LaMarcus Aldridge dribbled across the lane and tried to get off a shot that would beat the clock. But the Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star power forward bounced off Grizzlies center Marc Gasol and then crashed into backup big man Kosta Koufos before he fell to the court with the..." April 20
CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20
CSN Northwest "After enduring one of their most difficult nights on offense, a little help may be on the way for the Trail Blazers. Arron Afflalo could return to the lineup for Game 2 on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland fell 0-1 in the best of seven first round series against Memphis with..." April 20
Arron Afflalo will NOT play in Game 1
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