James Harden, Nicolas Batum
Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, from France, during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 25, 2014. Harden scored 37 points as the Rockets won 121-116. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.