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Trail Blazers 2020 playoff preview: Dame Time running late?

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:20 PM

'Dame Time' Lillard has always pulled Portland out of a tight spot, but can he weave his magic one more time in the NBA playoff race with a new format?

HOPE STILL ALIVE. Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers sit just a spot outside the playoff picture in the loaded Western Conference. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

LOOKBACK: 2 teams that could have challenged the Bulls’ dominance

May 28, 2020 - 9:50 PM

These teams in the Jordan era already had good rosters that could have been even way better

WHAT IF. Had Lithuanian star Arvydas Sabonis joined Portland immediately after the draft, a potent Blazers squad could have challenged the heavyweights. Photo by Bob Strong/AFP

No playoff chance, no play says Blazers ace Lillard

May 27, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Portland star Damian Lillard thinks there’s no point in playing 'meaningless games' if the Blazers 'don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs'

CHANCES. Damian Lillard and the Portland Blazers stand just a spot outside the playoffs.  Photo from NBA

LOOKBACK: Ranking Chicago Bulls’ finals opponents

May 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The dual three-peat runs cemented the Chicago Bulls’ legacy, but not without some tough challenge

THRILLER. Karl Malone (second from right) and Jazz teammate Greg Ostertag fight for a loose ball with Bulls stars Michael Jordan (right) and Dennis Rodman during Game 4 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Photo by Jeff Haynes/AFP

Blazers' Hood taking recovery slow

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Rodney Hood may be getting extra recovery time, but the injured Portland forward isn’t rushing his NBA return

STILL GRINDING. Work continues for Rodney Hood in rehab. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: CJ McCollum jokes about Jamal Murray after IG scandal

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Speaking to teammate Damian Lillard live on the official NBA account on Instagram, CJ McCollum reacts to a comment alluding to the Jamal Murray scandal

STAR GUARDS. Jamal Murray and CJ McCollum have both been on a tear before the NBA shut down its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP (Murray) and Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (McCollum)

NBA fines Blazers' McCollum, Kings' Len for shoving match

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:06 PM

CJ McCollum and Alex Len almost come to blows after shoving each other

PUNISHED. CJ McCollum has been fined $20,000 for shoving Alex Len and trying to escalate the altercation. File photo from Twitter/@trailblazers

Blazers' McCollum taking break from autographs amid coronavirus fears

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The NBA, NHL, and MLB have all said they are monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus, which has reached every continent except Antarctica

CAUTIOUS. CJ McCollum has urged fans to follow tips on preventing the spread of the virus, such as frequent handwashing. Photo from Instagram/@trailblazers

Vintage Carmelo shows up to lift Blazers past Pistons

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony records his first 30-point game since 2017 as the Blazers snap a three-game skid

STILL GOT IT. Carmelo Anthony proves he can still play at a high level. Photo from Twitter/@trailblazers

Zion Williamson firing on all cylinders puts away Trail Blazers

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'I don't really think he's comparable to anyone that I have seen,' Portland's Melo Anthony says of Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson

HULKING. Zion Williamson pumps in a career-high 31 points. Photo from NBA

Seething Lillard slams refs over blown call

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:50 AM

'Plenty money,' says Damian Lillard as the Portland star expects a fine after lashing out at officials for a non-call in a pivotal play

FUMING. There’s no appeasing Damian Lillard after a non-call cost the Blazers the game. Photo by Steve Dipaola/EPA-EFE

Jazz escape Blazers in controversial ending, leave Lillard fuming

Feb 08, 2020 - 3:19 PM

The referees miss what should have been a goaltending call on a potential game-tying basket by Damian Lillard in the last 10 seconds

SORRY LOSS. Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers fall short of their sixth win in the last 7 games. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Damian Lillard makes NBA history as Trail Blazers rip Jazz

Feb 02, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Damian Lillard follows up his 48-point, 10-assist, and 9-rebound outing against the Lakers with another masterful showing against the Jazz

DAME TIME. Damian Lillard slowly but surely inserts his name into the MVP conversation. Photo from Twitter/@trailblazers

Lillard notches career-high of 61 in OT escape of Golden State

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Lillard drains 11 three-pointers to spoil the Golden State Warriors' groove

HOT NIGHT. Damian Lillard drops a career high of 61 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an overtime win. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis bounces back as Bucks whip Trail Blazers

Jan 12, 2020 - 5:00 PM

After tallying a season-low 13 points, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo unleashes a huge double-double

IN THE ZONE. Giannis Antetokounmpo regains his rhythm in the Bucks’ big road win. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks

Vintage Melo grabs winner as Blazers stun Raptors

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Carmelo Anthony knocks in the game-clincher as the Trail Blazers rally from a double-digit deficit against the defending champions

CLUTCH. Carmelo Anthony lifts the Trail Blazers to a road-game upset win. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

'Perfect' Robinson, Knicks spoil Melo's return

Jan 02, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Mitchell Robinson makes franchise history by shooting perfect from the field as the Knicks also give former team star Carmelo Anthony a warm welcome

SEASON'S BEST. The Trail Blazers fall short even with Carmelo Anthony delivering a season-high performance.

Injured LeBron shows up as Lakers snap losing streak

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:56 PM

LeBron James brushes off a groin injury and a pre-game drama with Kyle Kuzma to tow the Lakers back in the win column

BACK ON TRACK. LeBron James and the Lakers arrest their longest skid of the season. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers

Mitchell sizzles, Clarkson debuts as Jazz hold off Blazers

Dec 27, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Donovan Mitchell takes over in the second half as Jordan Clarkson boosts the Utah bench

Trail Blazers waive Spanish veteran Pau Gasol

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Paul Gasol says he still has the 'same excitement and passion for the game' and the Trail Blazers’ offer of a coaching role would just be a stopgap

ON THE MOVE. Still recuperating from injury, veteran big man Pau Gasol saw action with the San Antonio Spurs before heading to the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony seals Portland move

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:28 AM

A year after getting axed by the Houston Rockets, 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony finds a new home in the Portland Blazers

NEW CHAPTER. Carmelo Anthony sees his move to the Trail Blazers as a 'perfect opportunity.' Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden, Westbrook shine as Rockets extend win streak

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:14 PM

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combine for 64 points to lead the Rockets to 8 straight wins

STREAKING. James Harden leads the Houston Rockets to 8 straight wins. Photo from NBA Twitter

Struggling Blazers pick up Carmelo Anthony

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Carmelo Anthony joins his fifth team in 3 years as the Portland Trail Blazers try to pump life into their campaign with the former All-Star

ROCKY RUN. Carmelo Anthony last played over a year ago with the Rockets. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi's late surge lifts Clippers past Blazers

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:08 PM

After getting fined for contradictory statements on Kawhi Leonard's fitness, the Clippers pull off a win behind their well-rested star

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Trail Blazers lose Zach Collins for 4 months after surgery

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Portland's 7-foot forward Zach Collins starts rehab treatment after dislocating his shoulder

KEY LOSS. An erratic-playing POrtland squad hopes to hit its stride even minus Zach Collins. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Korkmaz drains game-winner as Sixers nip Trail Blazers

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The Sixers stay unbeaten even without suspended star Joel Embiid as Furkan Korkmaz comes to the rescue

CRUNCH MAN. Furkan Korkmaz comes up clutch for the perfect Philadelphia 76ers. Photo from Twitter/@sixers

Golden State Warriors end skid for 1st win

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The Warriors bounce back against the New Orleans Pelicans for a breakthrough win this season

FIRST WIN. The Golden State Warriors score a breakthrough win after dropping their first two games of the season. Photo from NBA Twitter

San Beda on brink of elims sweep; Mapua secures much-needed win

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Defending champion San Beda picks up its 17th straight win while Mapua keeps its Final Four bid alive

SIZZLING. Calvin Oftana erupts for a career-high 29 points to power the Red Lions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Sebastian erases 19-point deficit, ends Lyceum's streak

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Down 19, Allyn Bulanadi scores 28 points to lead San Sebastian's comeback over Lyceum

KEY PLAYER. Allyn Bulanadi tallies 28 points to lead San Sebastian in its stunning win over Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda puts lock on No. 1 spot; Lyceum clinches Final Four berth

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Defending champion San Beda keeps its bid for an outright title berth alive as Lyceum also advances to the semifinals

NCAA95 SBU vs MU Sept 6. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Choco Mucho shuts down Motolite, Petro Gazz blanks Chef’s Classics

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Bang Pineda's phenomenal floor defense keeps Choco Mucho's streak alive, while Petro Gazz secures its 8th win of the conference

SAVING GRACE. Bang Pineda's excellent floor defense lifts Choco Mucho to its fourth straight win in the 2019 PVL Open Conference. Photo from release

Lyceum takes down Letran; EAC stuns San Sebastian

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Propped up by Jaycee Marcelino and Reymar Caduyac, Lyceum outlasts a relentless Letran side to keep hold of the No. 2 spot

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

San Beda stays unblemished as Letran, Mapua extend win streak

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Defending champion San Beda cruises to its 13th straight win of NCAA Season 95 basketball

FIREPOWER. James Canlas flashes a perfect 5-of-5 shooting in the 1st half and finishes with 20 points, 4 boards and 5 dimes. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran ends San Sebastian streak; Lyceum, Mapua nab victories

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Knights bounce back to halt the Stags’ five-game winning run as the Pirates and Cardinals trip separate foes

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Motolite survives Tolentino's outburst, BanKo drubs BaliPure

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Motolite spoils Flying Titan Kat Tolentino's 33-point performance in the 2019 PVL Open Conference

TURNING BACK. Isa Molde leads Motolite to a win over the pesky Choco Mucho Flying Titans. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bulanadi drops career-best 32 in Stags win, LPU sweeps Perpetual

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Cementing his status as the NCAA's top scorer, Allyn Bulanadi delivers a career-high performance to power the Stags past the Blazers

HOTSHOT. Allyn Bulanadi   Bulanadi. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

B-day boy Balanza leads Letran win; San Beda sweeps 1st round

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Letran captain Jerrick Balanza celebrates his birthday with a key triumph as San Beda completes a 9-0 sweep

BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT. Jerrick Balanza powers the Knights to a 24-point whipping of the Blazers on his 23rd birthday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Creamline streaks to 6-0; BaliPure cops second win

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Alyssa Valdez and Creamline overpower Choco Mucho in a blockbuster PVL duel

PVL Open Conference Creamlie vs Motolite (8-14-2019). Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Blazers subdue Bombers, snap 2-game skid

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:33 PM

St Benilde gets back on the winning track against pesky JRU as San Sebastian extends it own win streak

BACK ON TRACK. Ray Carlos and the St Benilde Blazers rediscover their winning ways against the JRU Bombers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

San Beda pounds Perpetual by 46; Lyceum deals Benilde its first loss

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The Red Lions stretch their perfect NCAA run to 6 games as the Pirates stay within striking distance at 6-1

SPOILER. Jayvee Marcelino and the Pirates halt the Blazers' hot start. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blazers keep historic streak alive, Mapua continues resurgence

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The Blazers remain perfect with 5 straight wins in the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament

RETURN. High-flying forward Justin Gutang (#18) returns from his injuries with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the CSB Blazers fifth straight win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA postpones August 9, 2019 games

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Due to inclement weather, the NCAA reschedules the men's basketball games for the third time this week

SPOTLESS. James Pasturan and the unbeaten St Benilde Blazers hope to sustain their momentum even after a week-long break. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA postpones August 6, 2019 games

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The league reschedules the men’s basketball triple-header headlined by Letran and St Benilde clash

RESCHEDULED. St. Benilde's Justin Gutang makes his way past his defenders.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA postpones August 2, 2019 games

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The league reschedules the men’s basketball triple-header headlined by the San Beda-St Benilde clash due to bad weather

DERAILED. James Canlas and the San Beda Red Lions won’t get a shot just yet against surprise co-leader St Benilde. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

CJ McCollum, Trail Blazers agree to $100M extension

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:17 AM

After locking up Damian Lillard, Portland makes sure CJ McCollum will also be around as the Trail Blazers vie to contend in the Western Conference again

CJ McCollum. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

NCAA: CSB wins 4th straight, Letran and Perpetual escape

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The CSB Blazers continue to make history with a perfect 4-0 start

PERFECT. CSB Blazers’ Unique Naboa closes the score gap in the last quarter to retain their winning streak. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

Spotless Benilde survives Mapua in chippy affair

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Blazers stretch their unbeaten run to 3 games against the winless Cardinals

HEATED BATTLE. Justin Gutang and the CSB Blazers survive Mapua's gritty challenge. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

Pau Gasol agrees to Trail Blazers deal

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The two-time NBA champion joins his sixth club on his 19th year in the league

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Pau Gasol #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 04, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

NCAA: Letran, San Sebastian, CSB coast to easy wins

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Letran, San Sebastian and CSB continue to contend for the NCAA Season 95 basketball title

HERO. Bonbon Battalier erupts for 14 points to lead the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Sebastian nails opening win as Perpetual, Benilde survive late rallies

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The San Sebastian Golden Stags prove why they are early season favorites in the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament

FIRST WIN. RK Ilagan leads the Golden Stags with 25 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler