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  1. Learning from the masters

    Daniel Nowell

    There were no miracles in store for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5. Like most of the series before it, the game was a trouncing, with the Blazers unable to counter the San Antonio Spurs' defensive pressure or ball movement. Not even Tony Parker...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  2. Trail has gone cold

    Daniel Nowell

    When a team is down 3-0 in a series, every media availability becomes a dance. What's most frustrating? Well, we need to focus for the full game. What's most disappointing? Well, obviously it's tough to lose a game on your home court, or obviously it...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  3. The Trail Blazers are here to stay

    Daniel Nowell

    The Portland Trail Blazers are once again a marquee team. There are qualifiers to be made and some nuance to add, but let's treat Portland's series win over the Houston Rockets -- and the Damian Lillard buzzer-beater on which it occurred -- as what i...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  4. Blazers' lesson plan continues into playoffs

    Daniel Nowell

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- With the Rockets and Blazers tied and the clock under 35 seconds in Friday's Game 3 in Portland, the Rockets had the ball for the game's penultimate shot. James Harden took a high screen from Dwight Howard, and another, and anot...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  5. Blazers, Rockets take similar paths to Rd. 1

    Daniel Nowell

    The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets tip off Sunday in a first-round matchup that will seem, in many ways, like warp-speed shadow boxing. This series is perhaps the most stylistically even of any in the opening round -- both teams are i...

    Blog | April 19, 2014
  6. Middle-earthy

    Daniel Nowell

    About a month ago, the Portland Trail Blazers were in a bit of a shooting slump heading into a matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. During Terry Stotts' pregame media availability, a reporter asked the coach why the shots weren't falling. "Wel...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  7. Playing defense with team data

    Daniel Nowell

    Aside from the media, there are two classes of people at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: people who have jobs and currency, and the people who would like jobs and currency. The difference between these classes, behaviorally, is disclosure: The...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  8. Has the Blazers' bubble burst?

    Daniel Nowell

    The Portland Trail Blazers just played their 41st game, but already there's a sense that the season has passed them by. Their 11-game win streak, their national coming-out party, happened nearly two months ago, and the NBA news cycle, as is its wont,...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  9. Terry Stotts' long road to the top

    Daniel Nowell

    In the spring of 1988, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was preparing to accept a job offer from Upjohn pharmaceuticals. He'd spent the eight years since graduating from the University of Oklahoma bouncing around the basketball world: c...

    Blog | December 26, 2013
  10. On a hot streak and Blazer-focused

    Daniel Nowell

    It's been three weeks since the Trail Blazers lost a game. That's not much time, but it's enough to obscure the many questions that Portland seemed to carry into the early season. New players, middling attendance, a defense that seemed like a work in...

    Blog | November 27, 2013
  11. Finding an identity under the flannel

    Daniel Nowell

    The Rose Garden is no longer. This summer, Portland's arena -- one of the few left without a corporate sponsorship -- was folded into the flock. The Portland Trail Blazers now play in the Moda Center. Elsewhere, the Blazers' business team, just in it...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  12. What is Las Vegas Summer League?

    Daniel Nowell

    Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesLas Vegas Summer League: The world's first glimpse at future stars in their NBA uniforms.It seems impossible that we need more basketball. The NBA Finals ended less than a month ago, and for the past several ye...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  13. Can an NBA junkie survive without Twitter?

    Daniel Nowell

    Do fans have to be online using tools like Twitter in order to get the full NBA experience? To put this theory to the test, the writer went on a three week TwitterFast -- no active tweeting and no passive lurking on Twitter, even for potential assign...

    Blog | April 23, 2012