Blazers F Meyers Leonard releases autobiographical mini-doc (VIDEO)

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Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Meyers Leonard isn’t a national name, but his story is one that people are likely to pay more attention to after an autobiographical mini-documentary he released on Tuesday.

Titled “Built to Rise” the website and 7-minute video details Leonard’s upbringing in rural Illinois, and tackles subjects including his father’s death, living in poverty, and his drive to rehabilitate after a season-ending shoulder injury in 2015-16.

Leonard, 24, is an athletic, sharp-shooting big man that Blazers GM Neil Olshey saw fit to award a 4-year, $41 million contract this offseason.

On a rollercoaster with fans for much of his time in Oregon, Leonard was first as a target of derision and then became one of immense praise.

After being taken No. 11 overall in the 2012 NBA draft as a young, project big man to go alongside superstar and No. 6 overall pick Damian Lillard, the Illinois big man struggled as he wrestled with the defensive concepts and speed of the NBA.

While Leonard has not matched Lillard’s level of play — and it would be hard to — he found his zenith of support in 2014-15 after working with former Trail Blazers big man coach Kim Hughes and notching a 40/50/90 shooting season, culminating in a stellar showing against the Memphis Grizzlies in the postseason that same year.

In any case, Leonard’s mini-doc is a well-done video made in partnership with a Portland-based agency that has done a lot of branding work in sports. Leonard figures to be in Portland for some time, and the video is no doubt a piece of personal branding to help bridge the remaining gap between him and fans in Portland.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.