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Blazers’ Corner: Portland Woes Continue, Joel Freeland Could be Out for Season

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Portland Struggling at Wrong Time

Following a 103-90 loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, the Blazers have now fallen to 0-4 on their current 5-game road trip.  This latest loss led to a players-only meeting after the game.  It’s never a good sign for a team when the players need to discuss things without the coaches present.  Panic hasn’t set in apparently, but the players are certainly aware of their recent struggles.

They’ve lost 5 of 6 overall and have gone winless in their last 11 meetings against Western Conference playoff teams.  Their current four-game losing streak is also a first this season.  To say they’ve played their worst stretch of the season would be an understatement.

And it’s the way they’ve lost that has been even more maddening.  In the Texas-Two Step, Portland blew late fourth quarter leads in spectacular fashion.  In Dallas, after overcoming a 30-point deficit, the team regrouped in the second half and led 89-82 with under five minutes left.  They would go scoreless the rest of the way and allowed Dallas to get back in the game with free throw shooting.

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Portland has a month to turn things around before the real season starts. | (www.sports.net)

The Houston game was even more of a head-scratcher.  Leading virtually the entire way, the Blazers held a 13-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter.  Then suddenly, they couldn’t hit a shot or make a free-throw before eventually losing in overtime.

The last two, against Memphis and the Spurs, weren’t even that close.  Poor shooting continued to plague the team resulting in poor shot selection.  Gone was the crisp ball movement, slashing & cutting and confidence.  With one game remaining before returning home, the Blazers need to rediscover what worked for them earlier in the season.

Remember, this team has two wins each over San Antonio and Oklahoma City and victories against Indiana, Houston, Golden State and the Clippers.  They know how to beat good teams and yet lately, they’re reacting rather than dictating the tone of these games resulting in losses as well as making unforced mistakes like turnovers and missed free throws.

Negative results leads to negative press as well.  The “Damian Lillard can’t play defense” talk is back, LaMarcus Aldridge’s shooting percentage and shot selection are in question and the interior defense continues to haunt the team and fan’s dreams.

Since beginning the season 24-5, the team has gone just 18-18 and after being near the top of the Western Conference standings, they find themselves just a game-and-a-half ahead of the Warriors for sixth in the west.

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Losses and injuries don’t mix well. | (www.nba.com)

Oh, and I forgot, Aldridge and Mo Williams are now both out with injuries so Portland now has to rely even more on bench players who have been inconsistent to say the least.

They’ve played with house money for the entire year and with a month to go in the regular season, beginners luck has been replaced with a slow losing trend.

Joel Freeland Mostly LIkely Out for Remainder of Regular Season

When Trail Blazers’ backup center Joel Freeland crumpled to the floor; clutching his leg and writhing pain, most people, including me, thought he had torn a ligament in his knee.  The injury, which occurred on Feb. 11 against Oklahoma City, ended up being a sprain of the right MCL.  The timetable for his return following the injury was four to eight weeks.

According to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian, Freeland said on Tuesday that he could miss another five weeks, which translates to the remainder of the regular season.

It’s been four weeks and Freeland hasn’t even participated in any basketball-related activities.  He’s been reduced to riding an exercise bike and shooting jumpers in practice.  The regular season officially ends on April 16 and Freeland intends to be on the court when the postseason start.

“I look at it like I’ve got a month to get ready for the playoffs,” said Freeland.

You wouldn’t think the team would miss 3 points and 4 rebounds a game, but it’s Freeland’s defense and basketball intelligence that the team’s second unit is missing.  Yes, Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard have been effective lately, but they still produce head-scratching plays every now and then because they’re still out to prove that they can be high-level players in the league.

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Portland misses Joel Freeland’s presence in the middle. | (www.fansided.com)

Freeland knows what he is and he’s accepted it.  He knows that the team needs strong defense, aggressiveness in the paint, quality screens and a hard foul every now and then.  When Robin Lopez goes out of the game, the team lacks that dynamic and Freeland was the closest replacement the team had.

Freeland is one of the players that you don’t really appreciate or value until he’s out.  His teammates and fans certainly miss his presence and Freeland is in a situation he’s never faced before.

“It’s frustrating,” said Freeland.  “I’ve never had an injury in my life.”

Welcome to Portland, Freeland.

 

 

 

Blazers’ Corner: How Should You Feel About The Season So Far

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It’s Been an Interesting Season No Matter How you Look At It

As the Trail Blazers head into the All-Star break following three difficult and frustrating losses as well as defeats in six of their last nine games overall, how well should they and fans feel about their play in the first half of the season?

If you were told before the season started that Portland would be 36-17 by the break, you would have taken that record and ran with it.  And yet with the way the last two weeks have gone, there is a sense that the honeymoon period is officially over and reality is setting in.  That reality being that Portland is a very good team that got off to a blazingly (no pun intended) hot start before cooling off and realizing that they are very good, but still not quite elite.

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This particular Blazer unit has been very successful. | (Bruce Ely / The Oregonian)

But again, they’re 36-17 and two games behind San Antonio for second in the West.  If not for this recent stretch, the feeling would be one of excitement and optimism.  It probably still is.  I guess it comes down to whether or not you’re a glass half full kind of person or the other way around.  Let’s break down both perspectives.

Half Full

You’ve had one of the best records in the league for the first-half of the season and have consistently been 20 games over .500, a mark only the Heat, Pacers and Thunder can claim.

Against the elite teams (Miami, Indiana, OKC, San Antonio, Houston, Clippers), you’re 7-7 but really should be 10-4 if not for late threes by Chris Bosh and George Hill and a missed open jumper by LaMarcus Aldridge.

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Coach Terry Stotts has a lot to be happy about this season. | (nba.com)

Your 17 road wins (a good barometer for great teams) is tied for the third most in the entire league and more than the Pacers, Rockets and Clippers.

Seven of your first eight games following the break are at home so the recent slump could be quickly forgotten.

CJ McCollum has played terrific in the last four games which is huge for a bench that has had only one consistent contributor; Mo Williams.  The team already has the best offense in the league and now you can add another potent scorer to the mix.

The last three losses have all been games you could have and should have won.  Against both Indiana and OKC, you had control for most of the game against two potential finals teams and lost thanks to a missed offensive rebound and a missed open jump-shot.  The Clippers loss came down to bad shot selection in the final two minutes.

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Portland has seen a lot of success on the road. | (Kyle Terada / USA TODAY Sports)

So really, you could chalk up the team’s recent struggles in late-game situations as nothing more than the “Basketball Gods” setting things right.  Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t during a long season.

Half Empty

You should be concerned.  The Blazers are limping into the break and the loss against the Clippers has them tied for third in the West but really fifth because the two teams in front of them have winning records over the team.

The defense, which has been your crux the whole season, isn’t getting any better and now other issues are drawing concern including poor shooting, turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds.

The bench just got even thinner with Joel Freeland going down with a knee injury.  Now the only two players to rely on to spell Aldridge and Robin Lopez minutes are Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson; two players with freakish athletic ability and a lot of potential, but also inconsistent and lacking in basketball intelligence.

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Portland facing adversity as of late. | (sportsrant.com)

The team has two five-game road trips to look forward to including stops in Dallas, Houston, Memphis, San Antonio and Miami.

The Blazers are the only team in the league that can say they’ve had the same starting five for every game up to this point.  Can that last?  Does another team rely on their starters more than Portland?

The starters aren’t playing quite as many minutes as they did last season, but there is fear once again that they could begin to break down.  Blowouts would be nice, but when the defense can’t stop anybody, convincing wins are hard to come by.

No matter how you view the team’s play so far, you have to admit it’s been a fun ride.  The team has exceeded every expectation, which in that case has to mean it’s been a success, but now they’re feeling greedy which means any loss is considered a big deal.  They were a borderline playoff team before the season started and look how far they’ve come.  The second half should be very interesting.

Blazers’ Corner: Trail Blazers Struggling, Oden Returns, Aldridge Loses Bet

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Portland Needs to Fix First-Half Struggles As Tough Road Trip Begins

The Trail Blazers just completed a 6-game stretch against some of the worst teams in the NBA and despite finishing with a 4-2 record, the team would probably be the first to admit that other than the first game against Charlotte (a 134-104 blowout), their performance, particularly in the first half of those games, was less than stellar.

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Portland looking for answers in first half. | (Getty Images)

Against the other five opponents, Portland allowed an average of 27.8 points in the first quarter and they trailed at halftime in 3 of the 5 games.  The deficits were all by single digits, but giving lesser opponents the belief that they could compete and possibly win in the Moda Center is a recipe for disaster.

The Trail Blazers seemed sluggish and disinterested to start the games despite the fact that they had multiple days off in between most of the them and this gave the Sixers, Magic, Celtics and Cavaliers the opportunity to play with confidence.

Portland is “reacting” rather than “dictating” the rhythm of the game and it isn’t until midway through the third quarter and sometimes not until the fourth that the team is playing with passion and desire.

Is this a matter of an elite team going through the motions in the so-called “dog days of January” in the NBA?  Probably, just look at Miami and Oklahoma City right now.  But Portland can’t afford to start slow in their next stretch of games.  Beginning Friday, the Blazers begin a 4-games-in-five-nights trip against the Spurs, Mavericks, Thunder and Rockets.

The good news is Portland has already beaten three of those teams and they have the second best road record (13-5) in the league.  They’re certainly battle-tested this season, but if they want to maintain one of the best records in the NBA, they have to play for 48 minutes, especially in their next four games.

Greg Oden Finally Returns

For the first time in more than four years, Greg Oden played in an NBA game.  In 8 quality but brief minutes, Oden contributed 6 points on 2 for 3 shooting, two rebounds and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line.  But most importantly, he left the court on his own power.

Oden’s last appearance in a regular-season game was Dec. 5, 2009, when he fractured his left kneecap going for a block on Aaron Brooks of the Houston Rockets.  The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft never played for Portland again.  Miami is hoping Oden can finally avoid the injury bug that has plagued him his whole career.

As Blazer fans will remember, the stat line doesn’t tell the whole story of Oden’s impact on the floor.  The Heat were getting blown out on Wednesday night by an inspired Washington team.  When Oden stepped on the floor late in the second quarter, Miami was down 34.  By halftime, they had trimmed the deficit to 21.

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Greg Oden playing in a game. I really happened! | (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

 

By simply being a “presence” on the floor, Oden affected the game by doing what Miami brought him in to do.  With the team trading backup center Joel Anthony on Wednesday, the speculation has been that this will open up an opportunity for Oden as the second half of the season begins.  At least for one night, Oden showed why the Heat have been patient with him.

The Oden era in Portland will forever be thought of as frustrating, disappointing and what might have been.  But I’m sure many Blazer fans are rooting for the big man to get healthy and have a long career in the NBA.  How could you not after all that he’s been through.

LaMarcus Aldridge Pays the Price After Losing Bet

The Oregon Ducks concluded their 2013 season with a 30-7 victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl and many people in Oregon were no doubt happy about the outcome.  One person who was not was Portland All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

The power forward went to the University of Texas for two years before entering the NBA draft in 2006.  To make the Oregon vs. Texas game even more interesting, Aldridge made a bet with the Blazers’ basketball communications manager Collin Romer who graduated from Oregon.  The bet was pretty simple:  If the Longhorns won, Romer would have to wear Texas gear for a day, and if the Ducks won, Aldridge would have to do the same.

Well, Aldridge finally paid his bet on Tuesday donning an Oregon hoodie and a pair of Nike Lunar Hypergamer low shoes.  The kicks are an especially nice touch due to the fact that the Oregon players wore them on Nov. 29 during the Civil War game.  The University of Oregon athletic department provided LA with the sneakers as they’re not even available to the public.

Aldridge shared his punishment with fans on Twitter and Instagram.  He looks especially dejected in the Instagram photo, but hey, a bets a bet.

“I lost a bet to Collin, that my Longhorns would beat his Ducks and I lost,” said Aldridge, “so I kept my word and I wore all Oregon gear today.  It was tough, but I did it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Blazers Bounce Back With 113-98 Road Win Over Denver Nuggets

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DENVER – The story of the Portland Trail Blazers’ (1-1) 113-98 win over the hosting Denver Nuggets (0-2) is simply the win itself. Portland snapped a five year drought of failing to capture a victory in the mile high city, which dated back to the 2007-08 season.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the win back in December of 2007. Aldridge missed the trip due to an injury at the time. “I stayed home and watched the game… in my theatre. And I haven’t won here since.”

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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge posts up against Denver’s J.J. Hickson. Hickson was acquired by the Nuggets this offseason from the Blazers. | (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Aldrdige had himself an impressive game all around, finishing 12-of-26 with 25 points and nine rebounds. However, the star of the show was guard Wesley Matthews who finished with his first double-double of the season collecting 21 points and 12 boards. Most impressive was his 7-of-13 shooting and 4-of-4 from three point range.

“Top to bottom, solid win for us,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.

More importantly than snapping the mile-high drought, Portland captured its first win of the season. The Blazers now sit at the .500 mark with a tough remaining stretch ahead. Saturday the Blazers will host the San Antonio Spurs (2-0) then the Dwight Howard-led Houston Rockets (2-0) on Tuesday.

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Blazers Crushed 104-93 in Season Opener Against Suns

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After an incredibly exciting offseason, or so we thought, for the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) a 104-93 opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns (1-0) has fans and analysts alike scratching their respective heads.

“œThe Phoenix Suns outplayed us,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “They were ready from the get-go. They got out and ran. All the things that we were working on, we had a setback today. Transition defense; we were slow reacting to that. Their guards did a good job of penetrating.”

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Portland Trail Blazers big man Robin Lopez drives to the hoop in the team’s loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Lopez finished the game 1-of-4 with three points and two rebounds | (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

As was the issue last season, the Blazers’ bench failed to help out and a lack of depth sill seems present. Only two Portland players scored in double-digits – LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard – and the collective bench only managed 12 points.

“We were not ready,” Blazers SF Nicolas Batum said. “We can talk about how much better we are and all the things we want to do, but we’ve got to be ready. We had a good preseason. We had a good training camp. But the preseason is over.

“œThat was a good warning for us.”

Batum was the next leading scorer for the Blazers behind Aldridge and Lillard with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds.

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Blazers’ small forward Nicolas Batum dives for a loose ball against the Suns | (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

But as has been mentioned, the two bright spots were Portland’s two stars in Aldridge and Lillard who finished with 28 and 32 points respectively. Should the Blazers find a way to get the rest of its players more involved, this team is talented enough to make a playoff push. It’s only game one.

“We have 81 more games — that was only one,” Batum said. “But we have to correct things now. We can’t wait.”

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LaMarcus Alrdridge Predicts a 7th Place Finish in the West for Blazers

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LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers’ all-star big man LaMarcus Aldridge, following a tumultuous offseason season that included trade rumors and allegations left and right, is saying his team will end a two-year playoff drought.

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This isn’t the first time Aldridge has talked about the Blazers’ playoff chances this offseason. On media day, Aldridge told Sarah Hecht of Blazers.com that he thought the team would be in contention.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”I feel like we are [fighting for the playoffs]. I feel like we definitely got better. We were right there last year, even with the group that we had last year. I feel like this team is definitely better than last year. From day one in training camp, myself and the other captains, setting the tone early, let’s get after it, let’s get better.”[/gn_quote]

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Portland Trail Blazers Lose 2nd Preseason Game, 104-98 vs Phoenix Suns

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The Portland Trail Blazers (0-2 preseason) dropped another game, this time to the visiting Phoenix Suns in a 104-98 loss at home. This is the Blazers’ second loss in as many attempts. While preseason games have no baring on the regular season, fans have to be disappointed with the poor play thus far.

Phoenix held a 19-point lead in the early minutes of the fourth quarter before a valiant comeback effort by Portland. Guards Will Barton and Damian Lillard, combining for 17 points in the quarter, made the lopsided game appear closer than it actually was. Barton finished the game with 13 points and Lillard a team-high 19.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns | (Bruce Ely/Oregonian)

The Blazers were without a few stars. Starting small forward Nicolas Batum is out indefinitely with a concussion. No. 10 draft pick C.J. McCollum is still out and as well as offseason pickup Dorell Wright.

Making his return to the lineup was center LaMarcus Aldridge who posted 10 points and six rebounds in 13 minutes of action. The big man has been battling the injury bug this offseason and it’s unclear when he’ll be back to 100%.

For the Suns, Goran Dragic‘s 19 points off of the bench was the difference maker. He led the team in scoring while also tallying one rebound and five assists. Power forward Marcus Morris finished with 15 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes.

Portland will return to action on Friday night for a bout with the Utah Jazz in the Moda Center.

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The good, the bad, the ugly: Police report surfaces, accuses Colt Lyerla of assault in 2012

GOOD

  • After completing 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns this past weekend against Colorado, Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Mariota joins De’Anthony Thomas and Bralon Addison as Ducks who have received the award this season. Thomas was named the Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in Week 2 against Virginia and Addison earned POW honors for his special teams performance against California the following week.
  • Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad on Tuesday in the wake of E.J. Manuel’s knee injury. Dixon worked out with the team the day before signing with them. The Oakland native is not currently on Buffaloe’s 53-man roster and will presumably act as their third in-house option behind Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel over the next six weeks.
  • De’Anthony Thomas’ status for Saturday’s game at Washington is still unclear, but he did have his walking boot removed and was seen walking at practice today without any noticeable limp. Thomas indicated that he wouldn’t take the field on Saturday unless he was 100 percent.

BAD

  • The most recent cross country polls came on Tuesday and the Oregon women slipped one spot to No. 6 after finishing runner-up to Washington at this past weekend’s Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Oregon women are now ranked third in the West Region behind No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 Washington. The top two teams at the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 15 will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
  • For basketball fans, placing Las Vegas bets on the Portland Trail Blazers this season may not be a wise choice. The oddsmakers at Bovada are giving the Trail Blazers 150-1 odds to win the NBA Championship, tied for 20th out of the league’s 30 teams. It is Portland’s lowest preseason odds since the 2006-2007 season. The Miami Heat have the best odds to take home the championship trophy at 2-1. The Blazers lost their preseason opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night by a score of 89-81.

UGLY

  • Two days after Colt Lyerla withdrew from the University of Oregon, a 2012 police report accusing the former Ducks’ tight end of assaulting three men has surfaced. On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune obtained a Eugene Police Department report, which states that three men claimed that Lyerla appeared to be either extremely drunk or under the influence of drugs and proceeded to assault them on the street in April 2012. One of the men who reported being assaulted, Joshua Daniel Thurston, claimed to approach Lyerla, who was “stumbling around” on the street, and told him, ”Take it easy, you have the spring game coming up.” Lyerla reportedly responded, “What’s your business with that?” and pushed Thurston and two other men to the ground. The report states that none of the three men required medical help, but initially wanted Lyerla prosecuted for physical harassment. Thurston told an officer that he and the two other men decided not to pursue charges in a followup interview on May 3. The case has since been suspended with no desire for prosecution.

Portland Trail Blazers Fall 89-81 in Preseason Opener

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Portland Trail Blazers | (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The NBA is back, and the Portland Trail Blazers started their exhibition slate with an 89-81 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center Monday night. It was a poor shooting game as both teams finished below 37 percent from the field and 20 percent from three.

DeAndre Jordan capitalized on the lack of LaMarcus Aldridge and the introduction of Robin Lopez to lead all players with 16 points. Jordan added eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals to own the spotlight Monday. The Clippers also had big showings from Blake Griffin (14 points), Willie Green (14 points, 4 assists) and Chris Paul (15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists).

The Blazers were led by once-again stellar efforts from Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard. Batum led the Blazers in scoring with 12 and Lillard added 11 and 6 assists. New addition Lopez started center, where he’ll work from during the season, and nearly earned a double double by scoring eight and picking up 10 boards.

From the bench, rookie from Cal Allen Crabbe scored six, rookie from Mississippi State Dee Bost scored seven, Will Barton scored seven and sophomore backup center Meyers Leonard scored ten and had six rebounds.

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Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews | (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Blazers, in addition to missing Aldridge, were without the talents of new guard Mo Williams, offseason pickup Dorell Wright, and first-rounder C.J. McCollum.

Portland played the Clippers close, with a Crabbe put-back slam pulling the teams even early and Crabbe adding a three soon later that made it 28-27 Portland. However, 17 first-half turnovers made the going tough for the piecemeal squad.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”Well, it looked like a first exhibition game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.[/gn_quote]

A bad pass by Aldridge’s replacement, Thomas Robinson, set up a Griffin dunk at the other end that made the Clippers lead 53-40.

Stotts is coaching the Blazers for his second year. The Clippers acquired a new coach in the offseason, Doc Rivers from Boston, and he has LA looking like a brand-new team from all reports. CSN columnist Dwight Jaynes said about as much after the game.

“Doc already has made a big impact on the defensive end and you know he’s going to insist on unselfish offense. This is going to be a juggernaut.”

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New NBA Championship Betting Odds: Blazers 150-1 to Win NBA Title

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Anyone believing in a 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers’ championship better starting placing some bets. The oddsmakers at Bovada have given the Blazers 150-1 odds to win the 2014 NBA title, ninth lowest in the league. Along with their title odds, the Blazers are also 66-1 favorites for the Western Conference and 18-1 to win the Northwest Division.

The 150-1 mark is the lowest preseason odds for the Blazers since Brandon Roy’s rookie season. Portland entered the 2012-13 season as 100-1 odds, 40-1 odds for the 2011-12 season and 30-1 odds for the 2010-11 season. All odds are from Bovada.

2014 NBA Championship Betting Odds:

  1. Miami Heat 2/1
  2. Chicago Bulls 8/1
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
  4. Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
  5. Houston Rockets 10/1
  6. Indiana Pacers 10/1
  7. Brooklyn Nets 10/1
  8. San Antonio Spurs 12/1
  9. Golden State Warriors 16/1
  10. New York Knicks 22/1
  11. Memphis Grizzlies 28/1
  12. Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
  13. Dallas Mavericks 50/1
  14. Denver Nuggets 50/1
  15. Cleveland Cavaliers 66/1
  16. Detroit Pistons 75/1
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
  18. New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
  19. Washington Wizards 100/1
  20. Atlanta Hawks 150/1
  21. Boston Celtics 150/1
  22. Portland Trail Blazers 150/1
  23. Toronto Raptors 150/1
  24. Utah Jazz 150/1
  25. Milwaukee Bucks 250/1
  26. Philadelphia 76ers 300/1
  27. Phoenix Suns 300/1
  28. Sacramento Kings 300/1
  29. Charlotte Bobcats 500/1
  30. Orlando Magic 500/1

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