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Stories by Erik Gundersen

Columbian Trail Blazers Writer

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) holds onto the ball against Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis (17) and forward Meyers Leonard (11) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Trail Blazers won 109-103.

Leonard, Davis provide lift off Blazers bench

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) holds onto the ball against Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis (17) and forward Meyers Leonard (11) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Trail Blazers won 109-103.

December 6, 2015, 10:16pm Blazers

Opposing team's second units have trouble against the combination of Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis coming off the Blazers bench. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe.

Blazers week in review 12/6

Portland Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe.

December 6, 2015, 9:42pm Blazers

The Blazers week in review plus what is coming up on the schedule. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reaches for a loose ball against Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The Trail Blazers won 123-111.

Lillard, McCollum team up to pace Blazers over Indy

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reaches for a loose ball against Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The Trail Blazers won 123-111.

December 3, 2015, 11:14pm Blazers

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to score 47 points and dish out 14 assists in a 123-111 victory over the Pacers on Thursday, snapping Indiana's six-game winning streak. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis (17) fouls Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

Matthews returns, but so do familiar struggles for Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis (17) fouls Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

December 1, 2015, 10:49pm Blazers

Williams helps Dallas snap a four-game losing streak Read story

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews, right, drives against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

Wesley Matthews reflects on ‘awkward’ return to Portland

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews, right, drives against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

December 1, 2015, 6:59pm Blazers

Tuesday was a night of firsts at the Moda Center. It's the first of December and the first time Wesley Matthews returned to the floor here since rupturing his achilles on March 5. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers&#039; Mason Plumlee (24) tries to fend off Houston Rockets&#039; Terrence Jones (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Houston.

Plumlee the Playmaker developing his game

Portland Trail Blazers&#039; Mason Plumlee (24) tries to fend off Houston Rockets&#039; Terrence Jones (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Houston.

November 29, 2015, 10:29pm Blazers

Blazers center works on passing to create offense Read story

Blazers week in review 11/29

November 29, 2015, 7:49pm Blazers

A look back at the good and bad of the Blazers week, plus a look ahead to upcoming opponents. Read story

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Portland, Ore.

Blazers outshine Lakers glitz and Kobe Show, 108-96

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Portland, Ore.

November 28, 2015, 9:41pm Blazers

Portland's backcourt of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 57 points, giving the Blazers just enough substance to wrap up their seventh straight win over the Lakers, 108-96. Read story

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) and Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) exchange words during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015. The Bulls won 93-88.

Bulls celebrate early with win over Blazers

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) and Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) exchange words during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015. The Bulls won 93-88.

November 24, 2015, 10:47pm Blazers

Portland sluggish ahead of holiday in loss to Chicago, 93-88 Read story

The Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu (left) is one of four NBA players with at least a 12.8 rebound percentage and taking more than 40 percent of their shots from 3-point range.

Aminu learning as he grows

The Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu (left) is one of four NBA players with at least a 12.8 rebound percentage and taking more than 40 percent of their shots from 3-point range.

November 23, 2015, 10:29pm Blazers

After a career in relative obscurity as a role player, Al-Farouq Aminu has emerged as one of the more unique players in the NBA nearly 20 percent of the way through the season. Read story