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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The Trail Blazers' management and coaches have some personnel decisions to make, after what fourth-year coach Terry Stotts called a 'great start' in 2015-16.
May 18, 2016

Blazers handle the how, but what about the who?

by Kerry Eggers
Free agency, trades could bring tweaks, although players like what they have in Portland/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS In the aftermath of any NBA season, successful or not, comes a busy offseason.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - TheTrail Blazers' collective effort, like from Mason Plumlee (left) and Gerald Henderson, have caused problems for defending NBA champ Golden State.
May 11, 2016

Blazers have earned respect -- and they'll make Golden State…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS OAKLAND — Stephen Curry turned the series and may have saved the postseason for the Golden State Warriors. In turn, he may have doomed the Trail Blazers to the end of The…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Klay Thompson (center) of Golden State struggles with the ball in Game 3 versus the Trail Blazers and Gerald Henderson (left) and Allen Crabbe.
May 10, 2016

Warriors pledge more resolve for Game 4

by Kerry Eggers
Steve Kerr got his message across to the Golden State Warriors during their video session and practice Sunday at Moda Center. One by one, his players parroted the instructions their coach…


TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard's 40-10 game (40 points, 10 assists) led Portland to a win in Game 3.
May 07, 2016

Lillard, 'Chief' lead way as Blazers make it a series

by Kerry Eggers
Draymond Green was the ultimate triple-threat, and Klay Thompson knocked down shots as if he were in a penny arcade. The Trail Blazers had more than enough, though, to thwart the Stephen…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard gets to the basket against the Clippers.
April 30, 2016

With Clippers dismissed, it's bring on the Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
There was nothing easy about the Trail Blazers’ close-out 106-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series at Moda Center. A member of the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has plenty of space to launch a shot over Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 6 of their playoff series Friday night at Moda Center.
April 30, 2016

Trail Blazers say they're ready for a fight

by Christopher Keizur
At the final buzzer, it was pandemonium in Moda Center. Red and silver streamers fluttered from the rafters as the fans, who had been on their feet for most of the fourth quarter, roared in…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers in six games with their victory at home in Portland on Friday night.
April 30, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Pulling through, Blazers push their way into second…

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from Game 6, Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, won by Portland 106-103 Friday night at Moda Center. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: DAVID BLAIR…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Gerald Henderson of the Trail Blazers is fouled on a drive in the Feb. 19 home game against the Golden State Warriors.
April 30, 2016

Blazers vs. Warriors: Here's how they did head-to-head

by Christopher Keizur
It’s 0-0 now. But, in the regular season, the Golden State Warriors were 3-1 against the Trail Blazers. All four games were high-scoring affairs. Here’s a look back at the teams that will begin…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Stephen Curry led Golden State in scoring against Portland during the regular season.
April 30, 2016

Blazers vs. Warriors stats

by Portland Tribune
Regular-season head-to-head leaders, and more/ Points per game Portland — Damian Lillard, 36.5 Golden State — Stephen Curry, 32.5 Rebounds per game Portland — Mason Plumlee, 5.75 Golden State…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Mason Plumlee, Portland center, dishes off as he comes up against the Clippers' Jeff Green (right). Plumlee finished Game 5 Wednesday night with 10 points and a team-high 15 rebounds, plus four assists.
April 28, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Blazers pull away in Game 5

by Portland Tribune
LOS ANGELES — It was pretty much just a matter of time. The Trail Blazers pulled away from the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter Wednesday night at Staples Center to win 108-98 and take…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers pull away from the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter Wednesday night at Staples Center to grab a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
April 28, 2016

One more win, and it's bring on the Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Those Trail Blazers who began the season focusing on development of all their young players, with the playoffs hardly on their radar? They’re a victory away from advancing to the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Minus injured guard Chris Paul (above) and injured forward Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers have an uphill battle ahead of the against the Trail Blazers.
April 26, 2016

Jinxed or not, Clippers down to just a fighting chance

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS LOS ANGELES — The sky is falling in Clipperville, and there are storm clouds in Warrior World, too. Could the door to glad tidings be opening for the Trail Blazers? With…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers will be shorthanded when they try to hold on to homecourt advantage Wednesday night against the Trail Blazzers.
April 26, 2016

Rivers, Clippers look at 10 possible lineups for Game 5 vs.…

by Kerry Eggers
'WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY,' SAYS REDICK LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have taken a double whammy — maybe the biggest in a single day in NBA playoff history. Perennial All-Stars Chris…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Terry Stotts has a conversation with NBA official Brian Forte during Game 4 of the Trail Blazers first-round playoff series Monday night at Moda Center.
April 26, 2016

Stotts second in Coach of the Year vote

by Portland Tribune
Terry Stotts is No. 2. The Trail Blazers coach finished second to Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Coach of the Year balloting. Kerr got 64 first-place votes and 381 total…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers broke his right hand in the third quarter Monday night, as the Trail Blazers won 98-84 at Moda Center to tie the team's first-round playoff series at 2-2.
April 26, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Trail Blazers get even

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from Game 4 of the Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Clippers NBA playoff series Monday night at Moda Center. Portland won 98-84 to even the best-of-seven first-round matchup at 2-2. TRIBUNE…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Mason Plumlee puts up a shot in Game 3.
April 24, 2016

Keys to Blazers evening series with Monday win over Clippers

by Kerry Eggers
Five things the Trail Blazers will try to do at Moda Center in Monday night’s Game 4 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers … • Ride Mason Plumlee’s…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is the third Trail Blazers player, joining Kevin Duckworth and Zach Randolph, to win the NBA Most Improved Player award.
April 22, 2016

Rewarded: Hard work, inner faith and family spur McCollum to NBA…

by Kerry Eggers
CJ McCollum won’t forget those days when, as a 5-2, 108-pound high school freshman in Canton, Ohio, friends scoffed at the notion he might one day play in the NBA. The underdog mentality is part…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Sharpshooting Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson is not afraid to take on a challenge at the basket or above the rim - or with the written word.
April 21, 2016

HENDERSON HAS LOTS TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

by Kerry Eggers
Academics matter for shooting guard with big year off bench/ LOS ANGELES — The Trail Blazers are a literate bunch — some of them, anyway. There is CJ McCollum, former sports editor of the Brown…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - Los Angeles Clippers guard jamal Crawford, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, tried to get around CJ McCollum of the Trail Blazers during Game 1 of their playoff series.
April 23, 2016

Clippers' Crawford takes the Sixth, again, and in style

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was using a bit of hyperbole, but the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers was trying to get a point across about Jamal Crawford, who on Tuesday won his third NBA sixth man…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - Austin Rivers gets off a jumper against the Trail Blazers in Game 1.
April 23, 2016

Austin Rivers in the flow, as father-son combo clicks for…

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — A special synergy exists between Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and a young guard he brings off the bench. After all, Doc has known the kid since, well, the day he was born.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - The Trail Blazers break a huddle during Game 1 Sunday night in Los Angeles, where they lost by 20 points to the Clippers. They plan various tweaks for Game 3 on Wednesday, including adjustments in their pick-and-roll game and with possible more minutes for center Chris Kaman.
April 18, 2016

Trail Blazers say no excuses, as they make adjustments for Game 2

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Through the final 26 minutes of Sunday night’s 115-95 loss to the Clippers in the opener of their first-round playoff series, the Trail Blazers were like a few blades of grass,…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers guard, puts up a jump shot in a game this season against one of his former teams, the Trail Blazers.
April 16, 2016

Blazers not his 'old team,' but Clippers' Crawford looks forward…

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford smiled broadly when asked if there will be anything special about going against his “old team,” when Crawford and the Los Angeles Clippers face the Trail Blazers in…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum reacts after hitting a shot in a regular-season game.
April 15, 2016

NBA playoffs: Here's who wins

by Kerry Eggers
First round Western Conference No. 8 Houston vs. No. 1 Golden State The Rockets are dangerous, and with James Harden, they may be able to steal a game or two. But they won’t upset the Warrior…
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April 14, 2016

A thankful Mark Mason, a battling Greg Ballard, and a football…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Mark Mason is “holding,” and fortunate to be alive. The long-time public-address announcer for the Trail…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The agent for Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is expected to seek a longer-term contract for his client.
April 14, 2016

Stotts a lame duck -- but probably not for long

by Kerry Eggers
As the Trail Blazers enter the NBA playoffs, Terry Stotts is on a short list of candidates for the league’s coach of the year award. Stotts is also — in a way — a lame-duck coach. The Cedar…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers will have to play the Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
April 13, 2016

Blazers-Clippers schedule

by Portland Tribune
It's what the Trail Blazers wanted — a first-round NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, not the Oklahoma City Thunder. It's No. 4 in the Western Conference (Clips) vs. No. 5…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Blazers guard CJ McCollum looks to set up a move against Denver.
April 14, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Blazers nail Nuggets in finale

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from the final regular-season game of the 2015-16, the Trail Blazers vs. the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at Moda Center. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: DAVID BLAIR…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Coach Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers are looking at various ways they can clinch the No. 5 playoff spot in the Western Conference on the final day of the season. Portland plays host to Denver on Wednesday night in Game 82 of 82 before the postseason.
April 13, 2016

Blazers have various ways to No. 5

by Portland Tribune
The Trail Blazers go into their Wednesday night regular-season finale with two basic chances to earn the No. 5 playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference. If the Dallas Mavericks lose to the San…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - On top of all the numbers, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has the 'X' factor.
April 09, 2016

Meet NBA's most deserving for official, and other, awards

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON THE NBA With the NBA regular season concluded and the playoffs looming, my selections for the NBA’s official awards, along with a few extra offerings: Most Valuable Player…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Portland guard Damian Lillard says the Trail Blazers have come together as a team and this has been his best NBA season by far.
April 07, 2016

DAMIAN LILLARD: THE FACE OF THE BLAZERS

by Kerry Eggers
When the subject of Damian Lillard’s comportment is proffered, his coach is a willing witness. “I’m extremely impressed with how he handles everything,” Terry Stotts says of the Trail Blazers’…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Terry Porter (right), new men's basketball coach at the University of Portland, greets supporters Tuesday at the school.
April 05, 2016

Porter's hiring excites students, fans, players at UP

by Steve Brandon
Fans of Terry Porter’s hire as University of Portland men’s basketball coach run the gamut and span generations. When Porter arrived Tuesday for a noon press conference introducing him to the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Terry Porter is all smiles as he takes over as men's basketball coach at the University of Portland.
April 05, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Porter takes Pilots' helm

by Portland Tribune
The University of Portland introduced its new men's baskeball coach — former Trail Blazers star Terry Porter — to the Pilots community on Tuesday in ceremonies at Chiles Center. TRIBUNE PHOTOS:…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Mason Plumlee has clear sailing to the basket for two of his 17 points on the Maimi Heat, as the Trail Blazers win handily Saturday night at Moda Center, 110-93.
April 03, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Blazers still streaking

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from the Trail Blazers' seventh consecutive home victory and fourth straight win overall, a 110-93 knockout of the Dwyane Wade- and Chris Bosh-less Miami Heat on Saturday night at Moda…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Damian Lillard hoists a 3-pointer against the Miami Heat on Saturday night at Moda Center.
April 03, 2016

Blazers make a point from 3-point range

by Christopher Keizur
With five minutes left against the Miami Heat Saturday night at Moda Center, CJ McCollum hit a 3-pointer that on any other night would have been mundane for the Trail Blazers. McCollum was able…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Blazers guard Gerald Henderson dunks inside the Miami Heat defense on Saturday night at Moda Center.
April 03, 2016

Complete game has Blazers thinking No. 5

by Steve Brandon
Let’s see, solid team defense, good individual defense, passing, efficient running of the floor, a high percentage on 3-pointers, home court defended, business taken care of — the Trail Blazers…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu expresses himself as Portland beats Boston.
April 01, 2016

Lillard gets locked up, but 'Chief' to the rescue

by Kerry Eggers
There was little mystery to Boston’s game plan Thursday night in the Moda Center. The Celtics were going to smother Portland guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and make their teammates…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Al-Farouq Aminu of the Trail Blazers dunks on Boston.
April 01, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Big win for Blazers

by Portland Tribune
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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - ERIK SPOELSTRA
March 31, 2016

Spoelstra turns up the Heat in Miami

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Much is the same for Erik Spoelstra, the Portland native, Jesuit High and University of Portland grad who is in his eighth season as coach of the Miami Heat. Spoelstra, 45…
ELSA/GETTY IMAGES - Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (right) celebrates the team's 2008 NBA championship with then-coach Doc Rivers.
March 29, 2016

'Danny Change' rebuilds Celtics

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS It seems as if it were just yesterday that Danny Ainge was roaming the sports fields and facilities for North Eugene High, the state’s greatest all-around prep athlete of…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless dunks early as Portland gets off to a good start en route to a relatively easy victory at home over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
March 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Blazers all over Kings

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from the Trail Blazers-Sacramento Kings game Monday night at Moda Center, where Portland won 105-93: TRIBUNE PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ _psEmbed("http://tribunephotography.photoshelter.com");

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe goes for a loose ball Monday night against Sacramento.
Mar 29, 2016

Blazers roll over star-less Sacramento, with thoughts on NBA…

by Steve Brandon
If Damian Lillard has anything to say about it, the Trail Blazers already are in playoff mindset mode. On Monday, the relatively lowly, star-less Sacramento Kings were in town to play victim to…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum shoots the game-winning shot and is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington at Moda Center
Mar 27, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Blazers win - barely

by Portland Tribune
The Trail Blazers got by the Philadelphia 76ers — barely — Saturday night at Moda Center, with CJ McCollum's three-point play at the 7.6-second mark rescuing them in a 108-105 victory over the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 25 points and had the winning three-point play in the closing moments Saturday as the Trail Blazers held off the Philadelphia 76ers at Moda Center.
Mar 27, 2016

McCollum Time: Blazers pull one out against the 76ers

by Steve Brandon
Not much went according to form down the stretch Saturday at Moda Center, but the Trail Blazers survived with a harder-than-expected 108-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Blazers were…