Jamal Crawford

Clippers light up the Garden, past Blazers

Jamal Crawford, Portland's big signing last season, takes over in LA win
Nov. 8, 2012

Jamal Crawford showed the crowd at the Rose Garden Thursday just why their team was so passionate about signing him in the summer of 2011.

But, he made his statement in the uniform of the Los Angeles Clippers. leading them to a 103-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crawford, who signed a one-year deal with Portland in 2011, then left for the Clippers following the season, scored a game-high 25 points and helped his team shoot 53 percent from the field in the win.

Chris Paul had 21 points and six assists and was the only Los Angeles player to play more than 29 minutes.

Portland got 23 points and 9 rebounds from Nicolas Batum, who was one of four Blazers starters who played 37 minutes or more.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, while Damian Lillard scored 16 points.

Portland dropped to 2-3 on the season, while the Clippers improved to 4-1.

The Blazers trailed by 25 before rallying to within 86-82 midway through the fourth quarter. Los Angeles outscored Portland 17-8 for the remainder of the game.

Portland returns to action Saturday night with a home game against San Antonio at 7 p.m. At 2-3, the Blazers are tied for the eighth-spot in the West, which has only one team that has not won at least two of its first five games. The Los Angeles Lakers are 1-4.


Playoff race is sprint for Blazers

Portland beats Warriors, needs seven more wins
April 11, 2012

Jamal Crawford tossed in a season-high 34 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past Golden State 118-110 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.

Playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had an examination on his right hip done Tuesday, Crawford hit 10 of 18 field-goal attempts and all 13 of his free throws in a reserve role.

J.J. Hickson, starting in place of Aldridge, scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Portland won despite allowing the Warriors to shoot 52 percent from the field and had out 27 assists. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 24-87 at the free-throw line.

Portland, 28-31, plays host to Dallas Friday. The Mavericks, who Portland beat in Dallas last week, are one of three teams tied for sixth in the West at 32-26. For Portland to reach the playoffs, it would need to win its remaining seven games to finish 35-31, while at least one of three teams tied for sixth: Dallas, Denver and Houston, slumps significantly.

Blazers defend home court against Memphis

Portland rallied late to win second game under Canales, 97-93
March 22, 2012

Another 30-point blowout failed to appear Thursday night at the Rose Garden, being replaced instead by a pride-filled victory for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nicolas Batum scored 24 points to lead the Blazers past Memphis, 97-93, getting the win by outscoring the Grizzlies 31-24 in the fourth quarter.

Jamal Crawford added 17 points and the Blazers went 25-for-25 at the free throw line, setting a season-best performance for the NBA.

The win moved the Blazers to 22-25 on the season and kept them within 3.5 games of a playoff berth. Interim coach Kaleb Canales improved to 2-2 on the season.

Marc Gasol scored 23 points to lead Memphis, which is tied for fifth in the super-competitive Western Conference playoff race. Six teams: Dallas, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston, Denver and Utah, are within 1.5 games of fourth place with the Jazz as the hottest of the group having won five straight to improve to 25-22.

Portland is behind Phoenix, 23-24, and Minnesota, 23-25, with 19 games remaining on the 66-game regular season schedule.

The Blazers play at the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, then begin a three-game homestand Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.


Portland drops another road game

Big games from Curry, Lee lead Golden State to 101-93 win
Jan. 23, 2012

Another road game, another loss for the Portland Trail Blazers. But, they return home Friday night.

A solid second half propelled the Golden State Warriors to a101-93 win over Portland, dropping the Blazers to 11-8 on the season, 3-7 on the road.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Blazers and Marcus Camby had 16 rebounds, but the Warriors got 32 points from guard Stephen Curry and 26 points from David Lee.

Golden State outscored the Blazers 53-40 in the second half.

The loss put Portland in a three-way tie for sixth place with Memphis and the Los Angeles Lakers, only one game from third place in the Western Conference playoff race, which may have expanded to 11 teams with the surging Minnesota Timberwolves having beaten Dallas Wednesday.



And, just like that, the Portland Trail Blazers are battling for homecourt edge in the first round of the NBA Playoffs after a second consecutive home win Tuesday, this time over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Portland used a 17-2 third-quarter run, sparked by three blocks from Marcus Camby, to easily end the Grizzlies' seven-game win streak.

With the win, the Blazers improved to 11-7 overall and moved into a four-way tie for third place in the Western Conference, which has 10 teams within a half-game of a playoff spot, including the Los Angeles Lakers, who are in 10th place.

Camby finished with 22 rebounds and five blocks, helping the Blazers hold Memphis to just 37 percent shooting from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 23 points with seven coming from the free throw line. Portland outscored Memphis 30-13 at the free throw line.

Portland plays at Golden State (5-11) Wednesday night, closing one of its two runs of three games in three days.



After winning just two games on a six-game road trip, the Portland Trail Blazers returned to their home at the Rose Garden and beat up on the Sacramento Kings Monday night, 101-89.

Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 267 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers improved to 7-1 at home, their lone loss coming the game before leaving on the road trip.

Gerald Wallace added 20 points and eight rebounds to help Portland to a 53-36 rebounding edge. The Blazers improved to 10-7 with the win.

Sacramento got 18 points from DeMarcus Cousins, but dropped to 6-12, 2-9 on the road.

Portland plays host to the streaking Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night. Memphis started at 3-6, but has won seven straight games, including 91-90 at Golden State on Monday. At 10-7, the Blazers are tied with Houston for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. They're only one half game out of a tie for third in the hyper-competitive playoff race that currently has the Los Angeles Lakers in 10th. The Lakers, though, are just a half game behind the Blazers and a game out of third.

Following Tuesday's game, the Blazers play at Golden State Wednesday and play host to Phoenix on Friday.


Blazers begin quest to gel against Utah

Portland faces the Jazz Monday in preseason game

A vastly different line-up will get its first chance to impress local fans when the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Utah Jazz Monday at the Rose Garden.

In the past 10 days, the Blazers waived three-time All-Star Brandon Roy after he announced his retirement and added Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford as well as Craig Smith. And Greg Oden? Still injured.

As the team heads into the Utah game, one of two preseason games, it has just one of its long-term core players from two years ago: LaMarcus Aldridge. The team acquired small-forward standout Gerald Wallace from Charlotte at the close of last season and got point guard Raymond Felton from Denver. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews came to Portland from Utah last season to fill in behind Roy, but became a starter when Roy went down with injury midway through the season. Center Marcus Camby has been with the team for several years, but is at the close of his career.

Of the Blazers who figure to be key players this season, only Aldridge was drafted by the Blazers.

Portland's likely starters for their Dec. 26 season opener against Philadelphia:

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Wesley Matthews

SF: Gerald Wallace

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge

C: Marcus Camby

6TH: Jamal Crawford

Following their game with the 76ers, the Blazers play host to Sacramento and Denver before going on the road to play the Los Angeles Clippers.



Crawford, Smith sign, boost Blazers' depth

The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, and veteran forward join team
Staff Report

Journeyman guard Jamal Crawford, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season, signed a free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday, giving the team a solid addition in its drive to reach the NBA Playoffs for a fourth-straight year.

Crawford, 31, averaged 14.2 points and 3.2 assists in 76 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks, coming off the bench in each of the games. Crawford, who made $20 million the past two seasons, has been a reserve for the Hawks the past two seasons after being a regular starter for most of his career.

In 11 years, Crawford has averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 assists and 32 minutes per game.

Crawford, who is from Seattle, Wash., signed a two-year deal worth $10 million.

The Blazers announced they had waived Brandon Roy using the Amnesty Clause constructed within the new labor agreement that allows teams to remove the salary of one player from their payroll used for salary cap purposes. The Blazers are still responsible for Roy's salary.

Portland also signed free agent forward Craig Smith Thursday. 

Nicknamed "The Rhino," Smith played with the Los Angeles Clipper the last two seasons, averaging 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 48 games.

Smith, a five-year veteran, has also played for Minnesota.

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