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March 14, 2015 Updates

There's a simple explanation for Stotts' lack of familiarity with Blake's statistical output. It's never happened before. Ever. The Blazers veteran point guard recorded seven assists and no other statistics in a 118-99 win over Detroit. Blake finished with seven assists, no points, no rebounds, no steals, no blocks, no turnovers and didn't attempt a shot or a free throw in 15:25 off the bench. Oregonian

Since 1985, only Jose Calderon has approached a stat line similar to Blake's. Calderon had scoreless game in which he didn't attempt a shot, grab a rebound or come away with a steal or block with the Raptors in 2005. But even Calderon managed to turn the ball over twice in 17:29. Blake's night was historically strange, but he insists it wasn't by design. "If I'd gotten an open shot I would've taken it," Blake said. "But I always looking to pass first though." Oregonian

March 12, 2015 Updates
March 10, 2015 Updates

Harden has gone from an All-Star famous for his facial hair and inconsistent defensive effort, to a legit MVP candidate and the best shooting guard in the NBA. He is second in the league in scoring (27.1 points per game), fifth in made three-pointers (161) and tenth in assists (7.1 a game). "He's a big time scorer. He makes his team better in every way," Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of Harden following Blazers practice on Tuesday. "So just trying to make his looks tough. Just try to make everything difficult for him." Oregonian

So Batum has decided to play for the French National Team this summer, when it will try to defend its EuroBasket Championship on native soil in August. The move will be surprising to some, considering the Blazers' small forward acknowledged last month that he has felt "fatigue" this NBA season, in part, because he overextended himself last summer. But, despite this fatigue -- which no doubt led to his subpar season -- there was never really a doubt that Batum would play internationally in 2015. "I have to fight for my country," he said. Oregonian

Even though Batum will play for Team France, he says, he will do a number of things differently, will find a variety of ways to rest and get away from basketball. When the Blazers season ends, he will take a few weeks off to relax and let his body heal and he will not play or practice with the French national team until August. Batum has been invited to take part in an NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders trip to South Africa on Aug. 1, after which he will begin ramping up his preparation for EuroBasket. Oregonian

He even has vowed to treat that differently. He and France officials will manage his practice and recovery time and monitor his minutes, just as they do with veteran players like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Noah. The goal is to scale back Batum's demands and enhance his maintenance -- all of which no doubt will thrill Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Oregonian

March 7, 2015 Updates

Wesley Matthews: I would be lying if I did not admit to having tears fall down my face this morning because I was hoping to just be waking up from a bad dream. I’m sorry this response took this long but none of it felt real, and to be honest, it still doesn’t. My season is over and my will, my heart, my faith and my strength will now be tested, which is a challenge I welcome. Though my season is over, #ripcity’s season is far from over! And I will be there ‘till the end! As I read through all the messages via text and Twitter, I was in awe. I was in shock and disbelief not only because of the injury, but because I never could have imagined how many people could be genuinely hurt, sad and upset for me. To my coaches- thank you; to my brothers and teammates- thank you; to my fans and #ripcity- thank you; to my family and friends- thank you! Like most of my life, a challenge has been placed in front of me—a challenge that will be nothing but another chapter in my story. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPOR T & PRAYERS. See you on the court next season. #arrowlife out. -Ironman Instagram

Jim McIlvaine: While I was within the timeframe of the study, I was not included in the survey. My final NBA injury was a ruptured calf on January 22, 2001, but along with it, I had partially-torn my Achilles tendon. It was the most-painful injury I had ever experienced and the longest recovery. It took me about seven months to get back on the court at full steam and even then, I didn't have anywhere near the confidence that I had before the injury. The Nets already knew Jamie Feick's career was over with his injury and perhaps fearing I'd come into camp and re-tear my Achilles and end up in the same position, the offered me a buyout. Add me to the list and the percentage grows to 42% of NBA players with Achilles tendon injuries never returning to the game. SportsBlog

March 6, 2015 Updates

Perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers could’ve been an ideal scenario for Ray Allen to return to the NBA: A championship contender in a tradition-rich market losing one of the league’s best three-point shooters to a devastating injury. In the wake of Wesley Matthews tearing his Achilles’ tendon on Thursday night, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey made a call to agent Jim Tanner on Friday morning on the chance that Allen might reconsider his decision to sit out the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

He doesn't just make three-pointers with the best of them. He makes this team. He has an unbelievably positive attitude. Sometimes, I believe, he wills the Blazers out of slumps with his sheer belief that the Blazers are the best team in the West. He holds teammates accountable, willing to call them out if he sees an effort, or an attitude, not meet his standards. And he sets an admirable example with his tireless and determined work ethic. I've seen some great, hard-working professionals put on a Blazers uniform - Scottie Pippen, Joel Przybilla and Roy among them - and none of them outwork Matthews. Oregonian

Portland Trail Blazers swingman Wesley Matthews fell to the floor during the third quarter of their 94-75 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, and he had to stay down for a while. Matthews was eventually helped off the court. An MRI confirmed the Blazers' worst fears: he ruptured his Achilles tendon, and he's out for the season, the team announced. CBSSports.com

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