Trail Blazers vs Thunder Friday, 04/12/13 AT 07:00PM

  1. Postgame Notes And Quotes: Thunder Strike In Portland

    Written by ripcitysarah on Apr 12, 2013

    Head Coach Terry Stotts and Will Barton on OKC win in the Rose City. Continue Reading

  2. Big Third Quarter Propels Thunder Past Trail Blazers

    Written by erikgundersen on Apr 12, 2013

    The Portland Trail Blazers (33-45) were step for step with the Oklahoma City Thunder (59-21) for the first half. However, Continue Reading

  3. Trail Blazers Host Western Conference Leading Thunder

    Written by erikgundersen on Apr 12, 2013

    On Friday night the Portland Trail Blazers (33-45) take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (58-21) at the Rose Garden for their Continue Reading

  4. Will Barton: Student Of The Game, Life

    Written by erikgundersen on Apr 11, 2013

    It was a Sunday night and I had just arrived for a 6PM tipoff at the Rose Garden where the Trail Blazers would later host Continue Reading

  5. Lillard Receives Kia Community Assist Award

    Written by trailblazers on Apr 9, 2013

    Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard has been named the recipient of the NBA’s “Kia Community Assist Award” for March in Continue Reading

  6. Damian Lillard Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie Of The Month For March

    Written by trailblazers on Apr 5, 2013

    Lillard, 22, paced all rookies with 21.3 points, 6.8 assists, 119 field goals, 42 3-pointers and 61 free throws made to Continue Reading

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Trail Blazers Vs. Thunder Game Thread

Portland started four of their five rookies against the Lakers and saw promising results. Damian Lillard went toe-to-toe with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, posting a career-high 38 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Victor Claver added in 9 points of his own to go along with 4 assists, and 2 rebounds. Claver only shot 3-11 from the floor, so watch his shooting as the season comes to a close. He's got great form and arc on his shot, but it just isn't falling at a consistent clip right now. After a stat-stuffing line against the Mavericks, Will Barton had 9 points and the usual 2 steals, but like Victor, he couldn't find the range on his shot, shooting just 4-12. As expected, Meyers Leonard had his hands full with Dwight Howard and could only muster up 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists as he dealt with foul trouble much of the game. Meyers didn't look for his shot, especially from mid-range, which I thought could have been used to lure Howard out of the key. Look for Meyers to be more aggressive against Kendrick Perkins and take him on the perimeter and knock down a few more jumpers Friday. Overall, you have to be pleased with how our crop of rooks has grown this season and are performing currently. Let's hope these final four games show even more progress heading into their Sophomore campaigns.

So Rip City, what are your keys to victory? Continue>>>

My Starting 5

Actual score:

Average predicted score:

Player Pts Ast RB
#12   LaMarcus Aldridge 12 1 2
#8   Luke Babbitt 5 2 1
#4   Nolan Smith 2 0 0
#21   J.J. Hickson 7 0 7
#0   Damian Lillard 10 8 3
#11   Meyers Leonard 10 0 5
#5   Will Barton 18 0 7
#18   Victor Claver 3 1 2
#19   Joel Freeland 5 0 6
#1   Jared Jeffries 0 0 0
#3   Sasha Pavlovic 7 5 2
#6   Eric Maynor 11 3 1
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