The HP crew had a very spirited debate about the purpose, the merits, and the endgame behind the league issuing a statement about the blown call at the end of the Blazers-Rockets first playoff game, as well as the league's statements about other controversial calls.
How Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge put the team on their back.
The Larry O'Brien trophy isn't the only thing driving this year's playoff field. There are deeper driving forces beneath the surface, and Derek has uncovered them all just in time for tip-off.
Just like there's more than one way to skin a cat, there's more than one way to develop an NBA rookie. As long as you do it, does it really matter how it happens.
Before the Portland Trail Blazers fell into a rut in the month of March in wake of their leading-scorer, LaMarcus Aldridge, sustaining a back injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks, they were fighting for home-court advantage in the rocky road that is the Western Conference.
"When you have guys who are willing to talk on defense, that's really half the battle right there," Lopez said.
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.
Robin Lopez is one of the most interesting players in the NBA. For one, he's got kooky hair. Everyone loves kooky, frizzy hair. Secondly, he's that guy who does all the dirty work on the court, which you can only tip your hat to.
Back on December 4th when the Portland Trail Blazers were taking the NBA world by storm with the best record in the league, they sent out a little something on Twitter that set the basketball blogosphere world on fire: Is it too late to join the Eastern Conference? Asking for a friend.
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.