Chris Haynes joins CSN for next three seasons

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Chris Haynes joins CSN for next three seasons

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRESS RELEASE:

Portland,OR (June 8, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Northwest, home for Northwest sports, today announced the addition ofTrail Blazer and NBA Insider, Chris Haynes, with the signing of a three-yearcontract. Haynes, entering his second season with Comcast SportsNet, willcontinue to expand the role he began during the 2011-2012 Trail Blazers seasonon the network and on CSNNW.com breaking news and providing reliable insideinformation alongside CSNNW.coms senior editor Dwight Jaynes. His contract iseffective as of Sunday, July 1st.

Duringthe 2011-12 season, Haynes was the only member of Portland media to attend allTrail Blazers games, home and away. He will continue to be present at everygame, at practices, at shoot-arounds, at press conferences and at major NBAevents bringing exclusive videos, interviews and information to CSNNW.com.Additionally, Haynes will continue his popular Insider Blog on CSNNW.com and hewill be a regular on Comcast SportsNet programs Rip City Live and TalkinBall.

Lastseason, Haynes broke many stories that were continuously picked up by nationaloutlets such as Yahoo, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and HoopsHype. Those storiesincluded Greg Odens issues with blood clots in his ankle, Batums intent tosign his first offer this summer, Jamal Crawfords decision to opt out andSteve Kerr turning down the GM position.

Priorto joining Comcast SportsNet, Haynes wrote for SLAM Magazine andProBasketballNews.com and worked for Fox Sports Radio in Fresno, CA. Haynes hascovered a variety of major sports that include the NBA Finals, the World Seriesand the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. He is a member of the Pro BasketballWriters Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Weare thrilled to have Chris Haynes join our team here at Comcast SportsNet,providing year round coverage of the Trail Blazers for the TV network andCSNNW.com, said Director of Digital Media Kevin Berry. Senior Digital Editorand TV Host Dwight Jaynes said, We believe that Chris tireless work ethic andconnections throughout the NBA with players, coaches, agents and generalmanagers, combined with my decades of experience in covering the league willreinforce the fact that Comcast SportsNet and CSNNW.com are the premieredestinations in the Northwest for fans to find breaking news, unbiased analysisand year-round coverage of the Trail Blazers and NBA.

ReadChris blog at CSNNW.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisBHaynes.

Taggart and Oregon land two more key commitments, Slade-Matautia and Faoliu

Taggart and Oregon land two more key commitments, Slade-Matautia and Faoliu

Oregon had several key recruits visit over the weekend during its final push before signing day on Feb. 1 but it was two players who weren't there that on Saturday gave oral commitments to the Ducks. 

Linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, a four-star recruit (Rivals.com) out of St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and defensive tackle Austin Faoliu, a three-star recruit out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., announced that they will be attending Oregon.

Both players made his announcement at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. According to 247Sports.com, Oklahoma was favored to land Faoliu after he decommitted from Arizona.  He becomes the third former Arizona commit to end up on Oregon's commitment list joining four-star quarterback Braxton Burmeister and three-star wide receiver Darrian McNeal

Slade-Matautia visited Oregon last weekend, according to 247Sports, while Faoliu has not yet visited Eugene.  

Their commitments give Oregon 16 for the 2017 class and bumped the Ducks' class ranking on Rivals.com up to No. 35 in the nation from No. 48 when they had 14 commitments. The class ranks No. 30 in 247Sports.com's composite rankings

Oregon's class ranks No. 7 in the Pac-12, according to Rivals.com, but it should be able to move past No. 6 Colorado and No. 5 Arizona with great ease. 

New Oregon coach Willie Taggart has now landed seven commitments since taking over as head coach on Dec. 7. Of those, three are four-star recruits while four rank as three-star players.  

Nine recruits still remain that committed to Oregon under former coach Mark Helfrich. Of those, four are four-star recruits and five are three-star recruits. Helfrich had as many as 11 commitments and the Ducks' class ranked No. 23 in the nation before he was fired on Nov. 29 following a 4-8 season. 

Oregon still has a strong chance to get its class ranking back into the low 20s. The Ducks will try to close strong next weekend when they have another group of recruits in for visits. Plus, one would have to think that UO will secure a commitment, or two, from the group that visited this weekend. 

Oregon's average star ranking of 3.38 ranks No. 19 in the country. The Ducks' seven four-star recruits rank tied for No. 16. However, several programs with as many or fewer four-star recruits have also received commitments from five-star recruits, which Oregon has not. Those teams include Florida State (three), Clemson (three), Stanford (three) and UCLA (2). 

Of the 34 programs ranked ahead of Oregon on Rivals.com's national list, 26 have received more commitments than the Ducks. Simply filling out the class with three-star recruits would likely bump UO into the 20s. Mixing in a couple more four-star recruits could propel the Ducks closer, if not into, the top 20. 

For example, Miami's class of 20 players ranks No. 14 in the nation and it includes six four-star recruits and 13 three-star recruits. 

 

Oregon wins school-record 16th straight, grabbing a 69-52 victory over Stanford

Oregon wins school-record 16th straight, grabbing a 69-52 victory over Stanford

This was a game a 112 years in the making. Never in the history of the program had the Ducks won 16 straight games, but they came into this one with a chance to write their names in the record books. It didn’t take long for those in attendance to realize that historic 16th straight win was going to happen.

For a split second it looked like Stanford came to play. The Cardinal jumped out the a quick 5-0 lead, and forced a turnover on each of Oregon’s first two possessions. Then, like a coiled snake ready to the strike, the exploded.

Oregon answered with an 11-0 run to take the 11-5 lead, and it was all Ducks from that point on.  Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher paced the offense, and when the two teams left the court at halftime Oregon had the 39-22 lead. The game was so lopsided in Oregon’s favor that when the team’s returned to the court the score was 40-22 after a video review pointed out that a two-point basket by Ennis midway through the half was actually a three.

Stanford looked better to start to the second half, but the Ducks were just the superior team. It looked like they were playing a game of cat and mouse. Anytime it looked like Stanford would make a run, the Ducks would flex and make sure it didn’t happen.

However, the win was not without it’s flaws. Oregon committed 19 turnovers on the night, something this team cannot afford to due Feb. 4 when the face the red hot and rolling Arizona Wildcats. But that stat, as ballooned as it was, still paints a good picture of how dominating Oregon was. How you ask? How often does a team commit nearly 20 turnovers, and still win by 17? Not very often, but the Ducks did it tonight.

Standout Ducks: Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher were unstoppable in the first half, scoring 13 and 12 respectively. Not only did they combine for 25 of the Ducks 40 first half points, but the duo outscored Standford 25-22 as well. Ennis ended with 15 points on four of six shooting, while Boucher notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Next Up:  The Ducks hit the road to face the Utah Utes on Thursday, Jan. 26, and the Colorado Buffloes on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Ducks return home Feb. 4 for a marquee matchup with the Arizona Wildcats.

Trail Blazers end losing skid with overtime victory in Boston

Trail Blazers end losing skid with overtime victory in Boston

BOSTON --Thanks to huge games from CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard, and a late-game spurt from Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers ended their four-game losing streak with a 127-123 overtime win over Boston on Saturday at the TD Garden. 

McCollum had 35 points -- including 26 in the first half -- and Leonard went 4-for-4 on three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points as the Blazers ended their four game trip back East with their only win. 

Lillard, who was limited to only 10 minutes in the first half after getting his third foul with 10:42 left in the second quarter, finished with 28 points, including a back-breaking three-point-play with 47 seconds left in overtime that gave Portland a 122-118 lead.

Later, Mason Plumlee, who missed a close-range shot to win the game in Philadelphia, scored on a similar shot with 24 seconds to help seal the win. 

Boston reserve Terry Rozier helped force overtime when he made a three-pointer with 8.4 seconds left off an inbounds pass. The Blazers tried to win it, but Lillard missed a fadeaway jumper off the front of the rim. 

Boston led 65-56 at hafltime after closing the half on a 20-8 run. Lillard didn't play for the final 10:42 of the quarter after picking up his third foul while the Blazers were leading 29-28. The Blazers fought back with two runs of 11-0 in the third quarter to take an 88-86 lead into the fourth. 

McCollum made his first five shots and finished 11-for-21 in recording his ninth game this season of 30 or more points.

But the surprising story was Leonard, who didn't play Friday in Philadelphia. The 7-foot-1 big man played 25 minutes and was a factor. He had two monster dunks and made all four of his three pointers, adding four rebounds to his night. 

Next up: Lakers at Blazers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN)

 

Aggressive play for Blazers helps Portland stay close vs. Boston in the 1st half

Aggressive play for Blazers helps Portland stay close vs. Boston in the 1st half

The Portland Trail Blazers tipped off against the Boston Celtics at 2:00pm on Saturday as Portland looks to close out its four-game road trip with a win at TD Garden.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts went back to the same starting lineup that he had on Friday night vs. the Sixers, in which he went with Evan Turner and Noah Vonleh to replace Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless in the starting roles.

The Celtics jumped out to a 12-4 early lead.

The Trail Blazers clawed back from the early deficit, though, in big thanks to CJ McCollum.  McCollum hit his first five shots of the quarter.  He finished the first going 5-for-6 to score 12 points.

To end the first quarter, Boston went up 28-26.

As a team the Blazers shot 50% in the first quarter.  The Celtics ended up shooting 42.9% from the field.  Portland went 3-of-4 from three-point range in the first quarter.

Meyers Leonard had a big second quarter with two emphatic slam-dunks.  Leonard in 14 minutes of action scored eight points in the first half on 3-of-4 shooting.

At the break, the Celtics are up 65-56.

Portland ended the first half shooting 46.5% as a team, while Boston shot 57.5%.

 


Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

Points:
  CJ McCollum, 26

Rebounds:  Mason Plumlee, 6

Assist:  Mason Plumlee, 5

 


Celtics

Points:  Isiah Thomas, 17

Rebounds:   Al Horford, 5

Assist:  Isiah Thomas, 4

 


Following tonight’s game, you can check out an all-new Talkin’ Ball live on CSN.  And if you can’t get to a TV, you can catch The Scoop Postgame show presented by Toyota of Portland on Broadway streaming live at Facebook.com/CSNNW on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Portland closes out road trip with a tough test vs. Boston at 2:00pm on CSN

Portland closes out road trip with a tough test vs. Boston at 2:00pm on CSN

It was a heartbreaking loss on Friday night for the Portland Trail Blazers (18-27).  The Trail Blazers lost in the final seconds to the Philadelphia 76ers with a final score of 93-92 at the Wells Fargo Center.

And now, Portland will try to get its first win of this four-game road trip in a very tough test vs. the Boston Celtics (26-13) on Saturday with the Blazers playing in their second night of a back-to-back.

Coming into Saturday’s matchup the Celtics are sitting in the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings, just 1.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors.

Avery Bradley will not play on Saturday against the Blazers.  The 26 year-old guard has been dealing with an Achilles injury.  Bradley has missed six games in the last seven Celtics’ contests.  He is the second leading scorer on the team this season averaging 17.7 points per game.  Bradley also leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 per contest. 

It is point guard Isaiah Thomas who the Cs have been leaning on this season.  Thomas leads the way with 28.7 points per game, which up from last season’s 22.2 points.

The Celtics are coming off a 117-106 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday.   Thomas went 12-of-25 from the field to score 39 points, but it was not enough to get past New York on Wednesday.  Just two other Celtic players scored in double figures.  Jae Crowder added 21 and Amir Johnson scored 10 points.

Boston is now 13-7 at home this season.

We have you covered for all the action between the Trail Blazers and Celtics live on CSN and we have covered leading up to the game with The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live at 1:00pm on Facebook.com/CSNNW on your computer, tablet, or phone. 

Plus on CSN, you can check out an all-new Rip City Live tipping off at 1:00pm.




Quick Links:

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

 

Video:   Highlight: Poor third quarter does Blazers in vs. 76ers

Video:   Jason Quick: Blazers playing with pressure, not handling it well

Video:   Talkin’ Ball: What to make of Stotts’ lineup changes

Video:   Talkin’ Ball: Blazers started well, but fizzled out in the second half
 

 

Game Details:

Where:  TD Garden, Boston MA

Television: CSN, 2:00pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (1:00pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 1:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

Lillard scores 30, but Trail Blazers stunned at the buzzer in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- A snakebit season just became more venomous for the Trail Blazers after a heartbreaking 93-92 loss in the final seconds to the Philadelphia 76ers at The Center. 

Robert Covington hit a three-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to give Philadelphia the lead and Mason Plumlee missed a close-range shot in the final seconds to send the upstart 76ers to their third straight win and eighth in past 10 games. 

Portland (18-27) lost for the fourth straight time and fell a season-low nine games under .500 and 7-18 on the road, despite 30 points from Damian Lillard. 

It was Lillard's missed free throw with 14.7 seconds that kept the Blazers lead at 92-90, setting up Covington's big shot. After Plumlee's miss, the Philadelphia players stormed the court and celebrated as the Blazers stood stunned.

"This one is on me,'' Lillard said.

Before the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was considering making some adjustments, but he declined to say whether it would be to his starting lineup, the rotation or tactical. 

It turned out to be to his starting lineup.

Initially, the 76ers released the starting lineups revealing the Blazers usual five -- Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee. But just before player introductions, Noah Vonleh and Evan Turner were announced as starters in place of Harkless and Aminu. 

"You have to look at things different in hopes of stirring it up a bit,'' Stotts said before the game. 

It worked early as Lillard came out torching the nets by hitting seven of his first eight shots, and his 20 points in the first half helped the Blazer built a 13-point halftime lead. 

But behind rookie sensation Joel Embiid (18 points and 10 rebounds) and the sharp-shooting of Covington (22 points), the 76ers battled back, taking advantage of poor shooting from Portland (37 percent), which included 5-for-18 from McCollum and 2-for-10 from Turner.

Before the game, Stotts remarked that the Blazers have been "snakebit" this season by big shots or by players who normally don't shoot well hitting big shots. 

Little did he know, that storyline would repeat itself three hours later.

Next up: Blazers at Boston, 2 p.m. Saturday (CSN).

 

Stotts changes up starting lineup vs. 76ers, Blazers lead 56-43 at half

Stotts changes up starting lineup vs. 76ers, Blazers lead 56-43 at half

It was time for a change for the Portland Trail Blazers and that’s what Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did before the Blazers tipped of against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Stotts decided to switch up his starting lineup.  Evan Turner and Noah Vonleh replaced Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless in the starting roles on Friday.

Damian Lillard and the Blazers jumped out to a 15-10 lead midway through the first quarter.  Lillard started the game red-hot after going 7-for-8 from the floor to score 16 points in the first quarter.

To end the first, the Blazers ended up shooting 52.2% from the field, while the 76ers shot 34.6% as a team.

Portland went on a 16-5 run to close out the quarter and take a 33-22 lead after one.

The Trail Blazers' offense continued to flow in the second quarter.  As a team Portland shot 45.8% for the half.  The Sixers ended the half shooting 35.7%.

At halftime, the Trail Blazers are up 56-43.

 


Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

Points:
  Damian Lillard, 20

Rebounds:  Mason Plumlee, 5

Assist:   Evan Turner, 4

 


Sixers

Points:  Ersan Ilyasova, 13

Rebounds:   Joel Embiid, 6

Assist:  Joel Embiid, 4

 


Following tonight’s game, you can check out an all-new Talkin’ Ball live on CSN.  And if you can’t get to a TV, you can catch The Scoop Postgame show presented by Toyota of Portland on Broadway streaming live at Facebook.com/CSNNW on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Oregon coach Willie Taggart and staff 'storm' state on recruiting tour

Oregon coach Willie Taggart and staff 'storm' state on recruiting tour

New Oregon coach Willie Taggart and several assistant coaches are making the recruiting rounds throughout the Portland area today in what they are calling a 'storm tour' designed to meet with high school football coaches and any players the Ducks are in the process of recruiting. 

"We don't know any of the coaches in the state so this is a chance to get out and meet them," Taggart said. "One thing I hate to hear is that there's not a lot of prospects in the state of Oregon. For me, the best players that can come help us, we want to get out and see them."

Taggart became Oregon's head coach on Dec. 7, more than a week after the Ducks fired Mark Helfrich following a 4-8 season. Taggart has assembled a strong coaching staff full of top-notch recruiters. But the group is lacking in the way of area recruiting ties. Schools on the coaches' radar today include Lake Oswego, Jesuit, Madison, Westview, Central Catholic, Clackamas, Oregon City, Sherwood, Tigard and Lakeridge. Taggart and his staff went on a similar tour on Jan. 12 around the Eugene area and the southern part of the state, including Medford. 

The state of Oregon is not know for producing a strong group of major college recruits on an annual basis, although the 2018 class is projected to be one of the deepest to come out of the state in some time. 

The Ducks primarily recruited the West Coast under Helfrich, Chip Kelly and Mike Bellotti. Under Bellotti, and later more so with Kelly, UO  began expanding east. Taggart said he will continue to heavily recruit the West Coast but the hope is that his staff can improve Oregon's success in the Southeast part of the country. Taggart came to Oregon from South Florida. New co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal came to Oregon from Alabama. Other assistants also have recruiting connections across the country. The Ducks have already secured commitments from three players out of Florida.

That all said, Taggart said he wants to make sure his staff owns the state of Oregon.  

"We want to let the coaches know that we're going to be around and we're going to recruit the state, first and foremost," Taggart said. 

The Eugene tour included a police escort of four motorcycle patrolmen. Taggart said he wanted to make a statement and some noise. 

"We wanted to be noticed," he said. 

The plan that day included also going to Portland but a snowstorm closed local schools. So the Portland-are tour was postponed until today.

Oregon has traditionally done well with in-state recruiting. However, so far just one out of the top 10 recruits in the 2017 class have committed to UO. The Ducks have extended offers to six. Two of the top four recruits, defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu (Independence) and defensive back Elijah Molden (West Linn) have committed to rival Washington. 

West Linn offensive tackle Alex Forsyth committed to Oregon under Helfrich on has stated that he still plans to attend Oregon under Taggart.

While at South Florida, Taggart said he could recruit within a 60-mile radius to build his roster. That area was considered his in-state recruiting. Outside of that area he considered out-of-state, even though the span remained within the state of Florida. 

Oregon is the exact opposite. Oregon could never contend for a Pac-12 championship while relying solely on players in the Northwest, let alone the state of Oregon. But he said he at least wants to make sure that the Ducks don't overlook anyone. 

"We're not going to leave any stones unturned," Taggart said. 

That starts with building relationships with coaches.

"Instead of asking them to come to us," Taggart said. "We're going to them to try to get to know them, and to let them know that they are always welcome to visit UO."

The staff will hit as many high schools today as possible before returning to Eugene for a recruiting weekend that involves visits from several recruits. Taggart said Oregon had 25 official visits remaining to be used when he arrived. Many will be used this weekend. Some were used last weekend. The final weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 1 will also involve several key visits. 

Taggart said his staff will individually recruit certain areas, unlike the former staff which moved to recruiting by position several years ago. Taggart said that position coaches will get involved later in the process but that he wants his staff to develop a consistent presence in certain areas, including the state of Oregon.

"We want to make sure we don't overlook the best in-state players," Taggart said. "We want to keep them in the state as Ducks."

Preview: Stanford at No. 11 Oregon

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Preview: Stanford at No. 11 Oregon

This game is more than just another win, although some Oregon players and coaches just see it that way. No. 11 Oregon is one step closer to history following its 86-63 win over California last Thursday night and welcome unranked Stanford (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) tomorrow at 3 p.m.

With an Oregon win, first of all the Ducks will now be sitting on a 16-game win streak, the longest in program history and breaking the previous 15-game win streak over 100 years ago. Second, if the Ducks win, Oregon extends its home win streak to 38 games, second in the nation behind Kansas (49 games). A win last Thursday also secured Oregon coach Dana Altman's 20th straight winning season. What a week for Oregon basketball.  

A big question raised following Thursday's win against California is the status of junior forward Dillon Brooks, who walked off the court just before halftime with an apparent foot injury. Altman said the trainers are evaluating him and the team is waiting on the diagnosis.  

The 3-4 Stanford Cardinal started off the season 0-4 and has won the last three straight partly due to the activity of junior forward Reid Travis and a force under the hoop of junior forward Michael Humphrey. 

A quick look at the game:

Stanford at No. 11 Oregon

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. 

When: 3:00 p.m., Saturday January 21, 2017.

TV: Pac-12 Networks. 

Records: Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12), Cardinal (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12).   

Last outings: Oregon extended its current win streak to 15 with a dominant 86-63 performance at home over California. Stanford cruised past Oregon State in Corvallis, OR, 62-46. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (171-66 at Oregon, 581-309 Division I). Stanford's Jerod Haase (11-8 at Stanford, 80-53 at Alabama-Birmingham).

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .385 3FG pct.), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.1 ppg, 3.9 apg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (11.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (13.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg).

Key Cardinal: F Michael Humphrey, 6-9, Jr. (9.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg), F Reid Travis, 6-8, Jr., (16.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg), G Marcus Allen, 6-3, Sr., (5.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg). 

Notes: An Oregon victory will break the programs' all-time winning streak of 15 games...Stanford has won the last three Pac-12 games in a row....Oregon looks to extend home win streak to 38 games.