Napier Finally Gets His Shot Thanks To Opportunity And Improvement Portland Trail Blazers

After seeing his minutes increase both at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and during Portland’s first-round playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors, the plan was for fourth-year guard Shabazz Napier to take on a more substantial role this season.

After seeing his minutes increase both at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and during Portland’s first-round playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors, the plan was for fourth-year guard Shabazz Napier to take on a more substantial role this season. He’d still be playing behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, so his opportunities might have been relatively sparse, but he had showed himself capable of picking up consistent, if not extensive, minutes backing up Portland’s primary ball handlers.

But a quad injury suffered early in training camp sidelined the 6-1 UCONN product for all of preseason, which might have stunted Napier’s campaign for increased playing time early in the regular season. He did play 23 minutes in Portland’s opening night blowout of the Suns in Phoenix,...

‪“Opportunity Shabazz” takes center stage.

Clarkson Thriving as Second-Unit Point Guard

Los Angeles Lakers

Jordan Clarkson has been money this season, ranking third in off-the-bench scoring (15.5 ppg) while shooting the second-best field goal percentage among point guards (51.2).

Boston Celtics with Putnam Investments.

Boston Celtics

Al Horford discusses matching the Brooklyn Nets' pace and urgency, as the C's look for their 13th straight victory.

Annexus Practic Report 11/14/17

Phoenix Suns

Today's Annexus Practice Report takes a look at Dragan Bender's performance last night against the Lakers, and the work he's been putting in to improve.

Carvana Drive of the Week

Phoenix Suns

Tony Buckets! Drive of the Week delivered by Carvana

PHOTOS » Trail Blazers vs Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers

Photos always look a little better after a win.

Read My Lips: Vol. I

Portland Trail Blazers

"I thought you said 'poop.'" 😂

NOAH VONLEH

Portland Trail Blazers

NOAH VONLEH

Dragan Bender Scores Career-High Against Lakers

Phoenix Suns

“His potential is off the wall.” Devin Booker said of Dragan Bender, who scored a career-high in #SunsVsLakers.

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