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Risk Management in Rip City

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Over the past 13 games, the Portland Trailblazers have completely fallen apart, giving up 108.4 points per 100 possessions. You can’t mimic Indiana’s conservative defense when your starting point guard hasn’t met a screen that hasn’t smushed him. Robin Lopez has provided the Blazers with a defensive foundation, a solid backdrop on which they built their philosophy. But Roy Hibbert he is not. Continue Reading

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Open Shots (1/28): On DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, Miami Getting Big, Paul George Superstar, and more

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The Corner Three Toronto  DeRozan/Ross Two games before Terrence Ross set twitter ablaze with one of the most unlikely 51-point performances in NBA history, DeMar DeRozan scored 40 of his own and no one seemed to notice. The disparate public… Continue Reading

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How The Blazers Got Damian Lillard An Open Three When it Mattered The Most

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Thanks to a third quarter meltdown which saw their five point half-time lead evaporate into thin air, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves with their backs against the wall in the final 12 minutes of last night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Continue Reading

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Double Or Nothing: How The Clippers Contained Damian Lillard

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On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers – a team lead by the league’s best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers – the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league. Continue Reading