Early on in this young season the Trail Blazers defense looks much improved and is a big reason they are 2-0 following a 114-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Portland scored 62 points in the first half, and defensively was giving the Pacers fits. The second half started sloppy, but then CJ caught fire, scoring the final 12 points of the third quarter. Once The Closers checked in, it was all over.
The recently released Wade Baldwin has found a new home with the Portland Trail Blazers, this according to reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski
Wade Baldwin has agreed to a two-way contract with Portland, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
Blazers give Baldwin a tremendous chance to revive career. Franchise has done an excellent job developing guards -- stars and role players.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
Baldwin failed to make the final 15-man roster this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, and was waived back on October 16.
Baldwin, the 17th pick in the 2016 NBA draft, spent most of last season jumping between Memphis and the Iowa Energy of the D-League. He has played in 33-games during his short career, averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 assists per game.
Stay tuned to NBCS Northwest for all the latest information on the Baldwin signing.
The Blazers layed the smackdown on the Suns, making every aspect of the game look easy. The offense was clicking and the defense was on lock. Big blocks and big steals were followed by big buckets. Even with CJ McCollum on the sideline the Blazers didn't skip a beat. Pat Connaughton had a career night scoring 24 points, and the Blazers left little doubt. Not a bad way to start the season.
Compiling just 33 passing yards for the entire game, Oregon got rolled by Stanford as QB Justin Herbert sat out another game with a broken collarbone.
The Portland Thorns FC have brought another championship back to Rose City.
With their 1-0 victory over the North Carolina Courage, the Thorns have reclaimed their title as National Women’s Soccer League champions. The winning goal by midfielder Lindsey Horan in the 50th minute sealed the deal for the Thorns, taking home their second NWSL title in five years.
Orlando City Stadium saw an ugly and physically brutal 90 minutes this Saturday. Early hard fouls on both teams set the tone for a scrappy and choppy match. The Thorns were given two yellow cards in the first half and their overall aggressive play led to the Courage calling for two substitutions in the first 39 minutes due to injuries.
Despite this setback, North Carolina offensively dominated the match with 16 shots on goal, including a crossbar shot from Courage midfielder Sam Mewis in the 14th minute. Portland lost the numbers game with only four shots on goal, but luckily one got in. Off a free kick at about midfield, Horan used her powerful right foot from just outside the the six yard box to get the ball in the back of the net. She was later named the match’s MVP.
This win also poses as the end of an era for Thorns players Amandine Henry and Nadia Nadim as they are leaving the NWSL to compete in Europe. Henry will join Olympique Lyon in the D1 Feminine League in France, while Nadim will compete in the FA Women’s Super League in England with Manchester City. Both players have been with Portland for two seasons and have cited financial reasons for their departure.
There will be a NWSL Championship rally this Sunday, Oct. 15, at Providence Park around 7 pm after the Timbers game.
Look at every stat expect the final score, and you will think the Beavers won this game. Oregon State dominated much of the game, but in the end they fell just short of a victory in the first game of the Cory Hall era. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see a 52-yard field attempt by Jordan Choukair fall just short. Now the Beaver will use the upcoming bye week to prepare for Stanford.
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One of their writers, Julian Rogers, often had Seahawks related stories appear on our site. We got word today that he and his family lost everything (including their home) in the Santa Rosa fires in California.
A GoFundMe page has been setup for Julian and his family. There have been a lot of natural disasters affecting our country lately, but if you have the means to donate anything please think of Julian and his family. Even if its just a few dollars, it all adds up.
If you'd like to donate to a more general cause for victims of the California fires you can check out this story which has a variety of charities helping out those in the area.
It was finally Meyers Lenoard's night as the big man dropped 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a preseason win over Phoenix. The Blazers head home for their final preseason game on Friday.
Jason Quick's Rapid Reaction from Phoenix:
The Portland Thorns FC will face the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship this Saturday, Oct. 14, at Orlando City Stadium.
The Thorns earned a spot in the finals after defeating the Orlando Pride over the weekend. Goals by Amadine Henry, Emily Sonnett, Hayley Raso, and Christine Sinclair helped the Thorns reach a 4-1 victory over the Alex Morgan and Marta led Orlando team.
This is the Thorns’ fourth time in the NWSL postseason, making their second finals appearance. They won the inaugural NWSL Championship back in 2013.
What is bound to be an exciting game is also one full of history. Prior to relocating and rebranding, the Courage competed in the NWSL as the Western New York Flash for four seasons. The Thorns defeated the Flash in the inaugural championship in 2013 and lost to them in the semi-finals last season. The Thorns and the Courage have a 1-1-0 record this season.
This is also the fifth season of the NWSL, marking it as the longest running professional women’s soccer league in the US.
The Thorns finished second overall in the 10-team league with a record of 14-5-5. Led by all-time leading scorer and Portland Pilots legend Sinclair, the Thorns hope to take the championship crown for the second time on Saturday in Orlando.
Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 ET) and can be watched live on Lifetime.
The Kings rested much of their lineup on Monday, and it allowed the Blazers to grab the easy win in Sacramento. The list of DNPs for the Kings would make a pretty could team: Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdonavic, George Hill, Kosta Koufos, and De’Aaron Fox.
With the Kings main players on the bench, the Blazers breezed to the 97-83 victory.
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