Lillard in the Limelight

By Erik Gundersen April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Damian Lillard had formed a new post-game routine in the week before the Portland Trail Blazers clinched their playoff birth.

Energy off bench suits Blazers' Williams

By Erik Gundersen April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The Trail Blazers X-factor has always been, and will likely continue to be, back-up point guard Mo Williams.

Matchups: Blazers vs. Rockets

By Erik Gundersen April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Matchups for the Blazers-Rockets playoff series

Get ready for Blazers-Rockets playoff game with live chat

By Erik Gundersen April 19, 2014 11 p.m.

Blazers reporter Erik Gundersen will chat with fans in advance of the tip-off of Sunday's Game 1 between the Blazers and Rockets.

Blazers in transition for Houston

By Erik Gundersen April 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Tactically, the Blazers haven’t been shy to address their focus for this series. “Transition, transition, transition, transition,” in the words of Mo Williams.

Blazers finish regular season strong with 54th win

By Erik Gundersen April 16, 2014 10:42 p.m.

Behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from Will Barton as well as 15 points and nine rebounds from Lopez in 14 minutes, the Blazers defeated the Clippers 110-104 at the Moda Center.

Blazers notebook: Blazers join Williams' lead

By Erik Gundersen April 16, 2014 8:29 p.m.

Fans who follow Blazers guard Mo Williams on Instagram, they know he's very serious about the way he dresses from his tailored suits to the designs on his socks.

Blazers' focus on Rockets heading into season finale

By Erik Gundersen April 15, 2014 10:07 p.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. — With their playoff match-up and where they will begin the postseason set in stone, the Portland Trail Blazers turned their focus from Game 82 against the Los Angeles Clippers to their best-of-seven series against the Houston Rockets.

Blazers week in review 4/14

By Erik Gundersen April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Weekly review of the Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers outlast Warriors in overtime

By Erik Gundersen April 13, 2014 10:07 p.m.

the Portland Trail Blazers won a Wild West shootout 119-117 at the Moda Center in Portland behind 26 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, 24 points from Wesley Matthews, dodging a 47-point effort by Golden State's Stephen Curry.

U.S. looks to reclaim peak at Hoop Summit

By Erik Gundersen April 11, 2014 6:57 p.m.

The last two Nike Hoop Summits haven't turned out well for the kids in Red, White and Blue.

Vancouver man's hoop invention headed to Hall of Fame

By Erik Gundersen April 10, 2014 11:04 p.m.

Vancouver's William A. Dittrich helped bring the slam dunk to the masses.

Blazers notebook: Kings coach likes Blazers, Lillard to be force in playoffs

By Erik Gundersen April 9, 2014 10:35 p.m.

Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone was an important assistant on Mark Jackson’s staff last season with the Golden State Warriors.

Blazers beat Sacramento on Wright's late 3-pointer

By Erik Gundersen April 9, 2014 11:03 p.m.

Dorell Wright's corner three-pointer with 7.6 seconds left on Damian Lillard's 10th assist gave the Portland Trail Blazers a nail-biting 100-99 win over the Sacramento Kings

Playoff position focuses Blazers

By Erik Gundersen April 8, 2014 9:49 p.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. — Maybe it was the sunny weather in the area that had something to do with the Portland Trail Blazers being in such a good mood on Tuesday.

Blazers week in review 4/7

By Erik Gundersen April 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Weekly look back at the Blazers comings and goings

Blazers wrap up NBA playoff berth

By Erik Gundersen April 6, 2014 10:04 p.m.

Behind a big second half and 25 points and 18 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 100-94 on Sunday at the Moda Center.

Robinson's game continues to grow with Blazers

By Erik Gundersen April 5, 2014 5:03 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson has really started to come into his own since the All-Star break.

Suns too hot for Blazers

By Erik Gundersen April 4, 2014 10:43 p.m.

Behind Gerald Green’s 32 points, the Suns kept themselves in a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with a 109-93 win over the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Friday.

Blazers can't relax yet with Suns on the rise

By Erik Gundersen April 3, 2014 9:52 p.m.

The Phoenix Suns, all-due respect to the rest of the Western Conference, have been Portland’s least competitive match-up. The Suns, along with the Blazers, have been the NBA’s biggest surprise.

Blazers on right track going into stretch run

By Erik Gundersen March 31, 2014 5 p.m.

The Blazers insist that during the losing and the winning that things have stayed the same.

Blazers week in review 3/31

By Erik Gundersen March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Weekly look back at the Portland Trail Blazers and a look at upcoming games

Blazers turn tables on Grizzlies

By Erik Gundersen March 30, 2014 10:06 p.m.

Behind 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers were able to get rolling early and held on for a 105-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center on Sunday.

Blazers notebook: Resolve after Magic debacle

By Erik Gundersen March 30, 2014 7:04 p.m.

One noticeable difference since their tough loss to the lowly Orlando Magic on Tuesday has been the presence of LaMarcus Aldridge.

All-Region Boys Swimming: Hamlik Rises to the Top

By Erik Gundersen March 27, 2014 10:17 p.m.

Jaron Hamlik, for most of his high school career, was the boys swimming team for Prairie High School.

Wright stuff for Blazers without Aldridge

By Erik Gundersen March 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Dorell Wright who has now started 10 games this season at power forward in place of LaMarcus Aldridge. In the five games since Aldridge was hurt, Wright is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from three.

Blazers week in review 3/24

By Erik Gundersen March 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Look back at the highs and lows of the Blazers week

One last road trip could help define Blazers' season

By Erik Gundersen March 21, 2014 11:23 p.m.

Heading into their final extended road trip of the season, the Trail Blazers are trying to focus on what has gotten them this far.

Blazers trio lead way past Wizards

By Erik Gundersen March 20, 2014 10:59 p.m.

Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard and a double-double from Nicolas Batum helped propel the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-103 win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

Blazers notebook: Robinson feels at home in Portland

By Erik Gundersen March 20, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Portland's Thomas Robinson, for the first time in his NBA career, feels like he's settled in somewhere.

Mo Williams, other Blazers step up to aid Lillard

By Erik Gundersen March 19, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Damian Lillard notices the difference. Teams are looking for him more. They are showing harder on pick-and-rolls, trapping him and trying to get the ball out of his hands.

Blazers Notebook: Wright helps team pick up tempo

By Erik Gundersen March 18, 2014 10:08 p.m.

It appears as if Dorell Wright's play as the starting power forward in games without Aldridge has earned him a spot moving forward.

Aldridge likely out for rest of week

By Erik Gundersen March 17, 2014 4:17 p.m.

After yet another gut wrenching loss on Sunday night, the Blazers got after it in practice Monday.

Blazers Week in Review, 03/17

By Erik Gundersen March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

A look back at the past week for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers can't hold 18-point lead against Warriors

By Erik Gundersen March 16, 2014 9:54 p.m.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points to help push the Golden State Warriors past the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112 at the Moda Center on Sunday.

Blazers' Aldridge out at least two games

By Erik Gundersen March 13, 2014 9:37 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers will be without LaMarcus Aldridge for the next two games and possibly more.

Blazers Week in Review, 03/10

By Erik Gundersen March 9, 2014 7:58 p.m.

Blazer bravos, beefs and a look ahead to next week.

Wesley Matthews at peace in the post

By Erik Gundersen March 9, 2014 7:56 p.m.

February wasn't a great month from the field for Wesley Matthews.

Aldridge hopes to find his shooting touch on road trip

By Erik Gundersen March 6, 2014 8:44 p.m.

The Trail Blazers and their recently stingy defense got back on track against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday before the team embarked on a five-game road trip on Thursday morning.

Blazers get back on track against struggling Hawks

By Erik Gundersen March 5, 2014 11:08 p.m.

After a disappointing loss to a struggling Los Angeles Lakers team, the Portland Trail Blazers went back to taking care of business against lesser teams on Wednesday.

Aldridge's absence brings out aggressive side of Batum

By Erik Gundersen March 4, 2014 11:36 p.m.

In the Blazers' time without LaMarcus Aldridge, the notion of it being a blessing in disguise has been talked about frequently with regards to their bench, their defense and the elevated play of Damian Lillard.

Lakers start fast to beat Blazers

By Erik Gundersen March 3, 2014 11 p.m.

The Los Angeles Lakers led by 13 points after the first quarter on the way to a 107-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at the Moda Center.

Blazers Notebook: Leonard getting back to normal

By Erik Gundersen March 3, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Monday was Meyers Leonard's second game since injuring an ankle in practice. He said that probably the biggest issue he faces is getting his conditioning back.

Barton reflects on making contributions off Blazers' bench

By Erik Gundersen March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

It's been a good stretch for Will Barton. He's been playing well, all in games that the Portland Trail Blazers have won.

Blazers week in review 2/3

By Erik Gundersen March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

A look back at the Trail Blazers week and what's coming up

Blazers on bucket list for one local retiree

By Erik Gundersen March 2, 2014 6 a.m.

The Blazers may have lost, but it didn't stop a few elderly basketball fans leaving the Moda Center from feeling like winners.

Blazers beat Nuggets again, 102-96

By Erik Gundersen March 1, 2014 10:53 p.m.

LaMarcus Aldridge played well in his return, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds, but it was Nic Batum and Robin Lopez who stood out, powering the Blazers to a 102-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Blazers happy to see Aldridge return to practice

By Erik Gundersen February 28, 2014 6:47 p.m.

The Blazers have been defending, they've been running and rolling over their last five games without LaMarcus Aldridge, Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard and recently Thomas Robinson.

Jason Collins' whirlwind breezes through Portland

By Erik Gundersen February 26, 2014 9:34 p.m.

On Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets signed center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. When he stepped on the court to face the Lakers in his hometown, he became the first openly gay man to play in an NBA game.

Barton bounces back as Blazers roll over Brooklyn

By Erik Gundersen February 26, 2014 10:57 p.m.

Playing seven minutes and only having two turnovers to show for would discourage most players. Most players, however, do not have the resolute confidence of Will Barton.