Blazer Focused

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

Injury-riddled Blazers getting by on the road
The Portland Trail Blazers are 2-2 on their road trip with three games remaining while dealing with numerous injuries. Is coach Terry Stotts to blame for the team's poor defense? Helping the cause has been the play of young players, Anfernee Simon...
45 min
Headlines: Blazers get routed, 134-106 by Milwa...
Blazers lose big at the Bucks, Nassir Little has a big game, Defensive issues continue.
6 min
Trail Blazers hit road with hot Simons and stil...
The banged up Portland Trail Blazers begin a six-game trip Thursday and while the defense is still a mess, the Blazers have received a spark from Anfernee Simons who just had the best back-to-back games of his career.
22 min
Headlines: Blazers Injuries adding up
Blazers injuries adding up and Blazers blow shot at win before heading out on road trip
3 min
CJ McCollum breaks foot, Blazers search for ans...
Days after losing Jusuf Nurkic with a broken right wrist, the Blazers have lost CJ McCollum with a broken left foot. Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss how the Blazers can navigate the next few weeks without two star players.
36 min
Reaction: Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic fractures...
Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discuss the impact of Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic being sidelined with a fractured wrist. They break down how team could respond, lineup adjustments, whether Harry Giles III will step up, should the Blazers pursue a...
33 min
Do Lillard and McCollum form the NBA's best bac...
Aaron Fentress addresses the situation from Jan. 13, when Portland star Damian Lillard called him out for daring to suggest that another backcourt tandem could be superior to Lillard and CJ McCollum.
34 min
Blazers defeat Toronto but lose Nurkic
Nurkic injured, Blazers schedule, Blazers heroes vs. Toronto
4 min
Fentress and Freeman react to Blazers' first 7 ...
The 3-4 Blazers are off to a disappointing start, compounded by Tuesday's loss at home to Chicago. Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman examine where the Blazers sit after seven games while examining the team's defense, the play of Jusuf Nurkic, wh...
55 min
Headlines: Blazers fall to Bulls
Blazers upset at home by Bulls; injury updates for Hood and Little
3 min
Trail Blazers vs. Warriors preview with Connor ...
Connor Letourneau, Golden State Warriors beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins Aaron Fentress to preview the Trail Blazers' two-game set at Golden State. Plus, recap of the Blazers' loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Clippers and ...
50 min
Blazers' big Lakers win, plus Oregon coach Kell...
Aaron Fentress takes a look at the Blazers big win over the Lakers, how the defense has turned the corner the past two games and the mini-controversy surrounding the inconsistent minutes played thus far by Gary Trent Jr. Plus, a little debate with Oreg...
47 min
Headlines:Carmelo Anthony misses road trip
Carmelo Anthony misses road trip, Blazers upset Lakers, James Harden trade rumors, Gary Trent Jr. lights up Lakers
5 min
Headlines: Blazers' Simons returns to action
Derrick Jones Jr. returns from back contusion. Blazers' defense in need of fine-tuning. Blazers don't offer contract extension to Zach Collins.
4 min
Jordan Kent and a Blazers season preview
The Blazer Focused podcast with Aaron Fentress makes its debut with special guest Jordan Kent, television play-by-pay announcer for the Trail Blazers. They discussed Kent’s days at Oregon, where Aaron covered him; their time together hosting "Talk...
64 min