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  1. Jan 28

    After facing early deficits in each of the last two games, the second unit for the Portland Trail Blazers has proven to be key in helping the team get back into the game. While some of his impact does not show up directly in the stat sheet, Dante Cunningham has been prominent in helping his team comeback from double-digit deficits in each of the last two games.

  2. Jan 25

    Despite losing both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to season-ending injuries, the Portland Trail Blazers have still managed to do a nice job of controlling the paint on both ends of the court. While the play of LaMarcus Aldridge, Juwan Howard, and Jeff Pendergraph has been tremendous, the Trail Blazers will have to be at their best when they face the New Orleans Hornets

  3. Jan 15

    Since entering the NBA directly out of high school, Rashard Lewis has had tremendous success as a 4/3 combo who can score from the perimeter and take a smaller defender into the post. At 6'10, Lewis is a match up nightmare with his ability to draw bigger defenders away from the paint and open up driving lanes for the rest of his team. When these teams played

  4. Jan 13

    Although it ended in a loss for the Trail Blazers, the December 12th double overtime defeat against the Bucks has to rank as one of the most exciting and competitive games so far this season. With the exciting combination of Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut, the Bucks have exceeded many expectations and also play a very high-tempo brand of basketball. While Milwaukee

  5. Jan 13

    Ever since Brandon Jennings burst on the scene as the top recruit in the class of 2008, it has been impossible to ignore the talent and personality that he brings to the court. Jennings has been the best rookie in the NBA this season, averaging an impressive 18.2 points and 6.0 assists. With his ability to get to the rim and hit shots from the perimeter, Jennings has drawn

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