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Stories by Erik Gundersen

Columbian Trail Blazers Writer

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes to the hoop during the second half of Game 3 on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Portland.

Blazers make it rain on L.A.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes to the hoop during the second half of Game 3 on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Portland.

April 23, 2016, 10:51pm Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers made it a series Saturday night with a 96-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, led by dynamic duo performance from Damian Lillard (32 points) and CJ McCollum (27 points). Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum speaks during an NBA basketball news conference in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 22, 2016, where he was named the league?s Most Improved Player for the 2015-16 season. (AP Photo/Anne M.

Blazers’ McCollum wins NBA’s Most Improved Player

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum speaks during an NBA basketball news conference in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 22, 2016, where he was named the league?s Most Improved Player for the 2015-16 season. (AP Photo/Anne M.

April 22, 2016, 3:17pm Blazers

Portland guard CJ McCollum won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in his first season as a starter for the Trail Blazers, dramatically improving his scoring average by more than 14 points over last season. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and forward Blake Griffin defend during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J.

Scoring is point of emphasis for Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and forward Blake Griffin defend during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J.

April 21, 2016, 6:55pm Blazers

After falling behind 0-2 in their best-of-seven series against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Trail Blazers took Thursday to get themselves right. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has some words with referee Tre Maddox (73) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Lillard will do all he can to beat Clippers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has some words with referee Tre Maddox (73) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

April 16, 2016, 4:05pm Blazers

Damian Lillard described all the types of coverages that would be thrown at him before establishing that in the playoffs, scheme matters, but only so much. Read story

A key matchup of the Blazers-Clippers series will be between the Clippers’ Chris Paul (left) and Blazers’ Damian Lillard.

5 Keys for Blazers when facing the Clippers

A key matchup of the Blazers-Clippers series will be between the Clippers’ Chris Paul (left) and Blazers’ Damian Lillard.

April 15, 2016, 11:51pm Blazers

1. Can Damian Lillard outplay or at least match Chris Paul? Read story

Blazers vs. Clippers: The Matchups

April 15, 2016, 11:49pm Blazers

The playoffs are about match-ups. We broke down all the positions and the coaches for each team to see which teams have the advantage. Read story

The Blazers got a little glimpse of what life without Damian Lillard would look like earlier this season. But the experience made them stronger and deeper for their playoff run.

Playoff preview: Depth gives Blazers unexpected edge vs. Clippers

The Blazers got a little glimpse of what life without Damian Lillard would look like earlier this season. But the experience made them stronger and deeper for their playoff run.

April 15, 2016, 11:44pm Blazers

PORTLAND -- Damian Lillard made sure from the jump this season wouldn't be just about him. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has some words with referee Tre Maddox (73) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Blazers embrace underdog status against Clippers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has some words with referee Tre Maddox (73) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

April 14, 2016, 7:09pm Blazers

Portland given 18 percent chance to take the series Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard left, is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Seth Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won 115-107.

Blazers in playoff mode vs. Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard left, is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Seth Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won 115-107.

April 12, 2016, 8:23pm Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have one more regular season game, but it's already playoff time. Read story

Portland's Damian Lillard, right, drives against Los Angeles Clippers' Wesley Johnson, left, during their game on March 24, 2016. The Clippers won this game 96-94, and could see the Blazers again in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Blazers see Clippers as good playoff matchup

Portland's Damian Lillard, right, drives against Los Angeles Clippers' Wesley Johnson, left, during their game on March 24, 2016. The Clippers won this game 96-94, and could see the Blazers again in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

April 11, 2016, 4:58pm Blazers

The Blazers control their own playoff destiny in setting a matchup against the Clippers after Dallas' loss Saturday to those same Clippers. Read story