Blazer Focused

Portland Trail Blazers news, interviews and analysis from The Oregonian/OregonLive's Aaron Fentress and co-host Craig Birnbach.

What do we make of Portland's offseason: Recapp...
On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss the offseason free agency signings. They discussed why the Norman Powell signing is being overlooked in Rip City in terms of its significance, what the other mo...
42 min
What Portland can learn from Milwaukee's NBA title
On the latest episode of Blazer Focused, reporter Aaron Fentress talks to The Oregonian/OregonLive's resident Bucks superfan, Aron Yohannes, about his beloved Bucks. Yohannes, born and raised in Milwaukee, was back home to witness the team's ...
49 min
Damian Lillard speaks
Damian Lillard spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since the Trail Blazers hired Chauncey Billups. Lillard addressed media members during a brief availability at Team USA practice. On this episode of Blazer Focused, beat writer Aaron Fentress is...
43 min
The Chauncey Billups news conference and what t...
On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss Tuesday's news conference introducing Chauncey Billups, the fallout from that event, whether he can win over a segment of fans, Lillard's uneasy feeli...
50 min
Terry Stotts is out: Where do the Trail Blazers...
The Oregonian/OregonLive's Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss Terry Stotts' legacy in Portland, who might succeed him, what the team needs to do during the offseason and much much more.
56 min
Recapping Dame's mind-blowing perfrormance, Nur...
The Oregonian/OregonLive's Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman unpack Damian Lillard's monstrous and historic performance in Game 5 of the Blazers first round series with the Denver Nuggets and also preview Game 6. They talked about Jusuf Nurkic...
35 min
Trail Blazers analyst Lamar Hurd on his career ...
Blazers television analyst Lamar Hurd joins the Blazer Focused podcast to offer his views on the team's playoff run, how it navigated a bumpy season, Damian Lillard's greatness and Terry Stotts as a coach. Also, we dove into his career path, ...
75 min
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: NBA ...
The Oregonian's Trail Blazer reporters Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss the team's latest news on this episode of Blazer Focused. Today they discuss the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets in an NBA playoffs preview.
38 min
Blazers lose heartbreaker at Suns, turn focus t...
Examining the loss at Phoenix including coach Terry Stotts challenging the foul call on Norman Powell. What does the loss mean? How the Blazers can recover.
21 min
Blazers set up nicely for stretch run
The Blazers have won 8 of 9 with three games remaining but still must prove that they can defeat elite teams.
16 min
Blazers hit the road, save season. Maybe.
Blazers save season with 5-1 road trip. Fans are back! Is Terry Stotts' job in jeopardy? Blazers gear up for final stretch. Carmelo Anthony makes history. Kevin Love to Portland?
30 min
Guest: Actor and huge Blazers fan Kelly AuCoin
Actor Kelly AuCoin talks about his passion for the Trail Blazers, which began as a small child, and gives his opinions on the current state of the franchise as well as its history including whom he believes to be the greatest Blazer ever.
53 min
Reeling Blazers lose at Charlotte, can this mes...
The Blazers lost a winnable game at Charlotte and now return home to face the Clippers and Nuggets without Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic. Can they recover from their problems or are they in trouble?
24 min
The Blazers’ defensive struggle is real (with J...
The Blazers have lost five straight against losing teams, but a close loss to Boston and Jusuf Nurkic starting to come alive offered hope for a turnaround. Also, just how bad is this team’s personnel on defense? And are Lillard’s MVP chances fading fas...
43 min
Do the Blazers have much of a chance against Ut...
The Portland Trail Blazers suffered yet another blowout loss to a good team on Tuesday with first-place Utah Jazz up next. Will Portland's defense ever come around? What did Norman Powell say about the team's defensive effort? How can the Bla...
20 min
Can Trail Blazers survive with limited size in ...
Jusuf Nurkic is out for the Clippers game. Also, the Blazers were throttled by the taller, longer Bucks on Friday and on Tuesday face the equally long and athletic Clippers. Can the Blazers' three-guard lineup get the job done against bigger teams?
24 min
Retooled Blazers search for chemistry (with Joe...
Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss the Portland Trail Blazers' retooled lineup as the team prepares for the tough final third of the season.
46 min
NBA Trade Deadline: Blazers trade Trent, land P...
Aaron is joined by Aron Yohannes to discuss how new Portland Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell fits with the Blazers after they acquired him from Toronto for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. Plus, Jusuf Nurkic is set to return Friday. Finally, we take a...
40 min
Damian Lillard the MVP? Reaction to Dallas loss...
Damian Lillard is one of the leading candidates for the NBA MVP award. What must he and the Blazers do for him to win it, and does geography matter as some suggest? Also, look at the Dallas loss and what it means.
29 min
CJ McCollum is back; what to make of loss to Ti...
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is set to return after injury. Then, the Portland Trail Blazers lost to a team with the worst record in the NBA while gearing up for some tough days ahead — what does it mean? And, what to make of Nassir Little...
26 min
Portland Trail Blazers midseason report (with J...
Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman hand out midseason awards, recap the NBA All-Star Game and ponder the Portland Trail Blazers’ chances in the second half of the season.
47 min
Lillard, Trent, the West race and two Melos (wi...
Aron Yohannes joins the pod to discuss Damian Lillard backing out of the NBA Three-Point contest, whether the NBA is big enough for two 'Melos', how the Blazers need wins over Western Conference contenders and — what will Gary Trent Jr.'...
41 min
Portland Trail Blazers limp toward the NBA All-...
Portland Trail Blazers reporters Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman take a look at the team one week before the NBA All-Star break.
53 min
Blazers on a roll; Lillard an MVP candidate? Jo...
The Portland Trail Blazers have won four consecutive games leading to Damian Lillard's name being thrown around more often as a possible MVP candidate. But what do the analytic numbers say? Also, Atlanta forward John Collins is reportedly on the t...
47 min
Road trip offers reasons for optimism
The Trail Blazers went 3-3 on a tough road trip despite numerous injuries and in the process saw the growth of several young players. All told, the Blazers at 12-10 should feel positive about their situation moving forward.
30 min