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March 6, 2015 Updates

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

The home of the Trail Blazers has been ranked fourth on PETA's list of the top vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas. NBA legend John Salley announced the list in a video posted on PETA's website. The Moda Center was ranked fourth this year for its farro kale pesto salad, grilled vegetable pasta and vegan pakora wrap. Dr. Jack's restaurant was mentioned for the curry hummus and bruschetta combo. kptv.com

March 3, 2015 Updates

For as good as Lillard is at the game that catapulted him from Oakland to Weber State to this place among the NBA's elite — rookie of the year, two-time All-Star, the latest Western Conference player of the week, leader of this Portland team (39-19) that is fourth place in the West — his reputation as a rapper is right there with his basketball prowess. "A lot of people might think, 'Oh he's a basketball player and he's rapping? That's so cliché,' " said Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, a 41-year-old mentor of Lillard's who, as an owner of the Sugar Hill Gang's original Rapper's Delight vinyl, fancies himself an expert on such musical matters. "But he's no joke. He's a rapper who plays basketball, in my opinion." USA Today Sports

Lillard doesn't have an album yet, but all these days of learning and late nights of writing inevitably will lead to that day at some point down the road. As Vanterpool noticed not long after they became so close in 2012, Lillard is a student of the rap game in the same way he is with hoops. He's quite studious, too, often turning his views into verses during late-night, hotel-room sessions that offer the kind of solitude and serenity he craves these days. USA Today Sports

"When I listen to music, I listen for the substance, I listen to the bars, I listen to the beat, and I try to paint a picture with everything that I hear in music," said Lillard, who routinely researches the meaning of words that he hears for the first time as a way to increase his vocabulary. "Whether it's R&B, rap, jazz, country, whatever it is, I try to paint a picture. That's what I try to do when I write because I know I've got a story to tell and I know that there are a lot of people who have probably some of the same experiences, people who might have failed and done bad coming from what I've come from and some who know what I'm saying, who feel exactly what I'm saying." USA Today Sports

The celebration of the life of Jerome Kersey held this afternoon at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum was exactly that – a celebration. There were a number of tears and gut-wrenching moments, but there was also a lot of laughter and a general upbeat to the proceedings. It was fitting for a man who has positively impacted so many. The event was hosted by Bill Schonely, and featured speeches from Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan, Team Chaplain Al Egg, Blazers Founder Harry Glickman, Teammate Terry Porter, Former Blazers Community Relations Executive Traci Rose, his best friend Ron Sloy, his daughter Kiara Kersey, and his wife Teri Kersey. The current Blazers team and staff was in attendance, along with family, friends, and fans enough to fill the floor of the Coliseum, as well as much of the lower level of the surrounding stands. Blazers Edge

Porter ended by addressing Kersey himself: "Well good friend, The good Lord has called you, but you don’t have to worry about being a second round pick in his draft. You are a guaranteed lottery pick." Sloy also was also visibly affected throughout his words, finally breaking down at the end, as he said, "If love could have saved Jerome, he would have lived forever." Blazers Edge

March 2, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN TRAIL BLAZERS HISTORY

Only four Hall of Famers, but plenty of fantastic names in the Top 50 of the storied franchise.

   

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