TV Schedule Released
The Portland Trail Blazers have announced their 2013-14 TV schedule. Sixty of their games will be televised on Comcast Sports Net Northwest, while 18 will be aired on KGW News Channel 8. The other four games of the 82-game schedule will be strictly televised on TNT.
While taking another look at the Blazers 2013-14 season schedule, I have noted some things I love and/or hate about the schedule this year. Enjoy.
Early KGW Games
The first away game, along with the first home game, will be televised on KGW. Not everyone has Comcast, so it’s nice to see that everyone will be able to watch the first few games.
If you can’t make it out of the house on Oct. 30, 2013, don’t worry; just tune into KGW to watch the Blazers take on the Phoenix Suns on the road.
Likewise for Nov. 2, 2013 as the Blazers host their first home game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Stretch of Home Games
There are three parts of the season that can get the Blazers on a role due to their home schedule.
First off, the Blazers will play five of their first eight games at home this season. The early home games could get the Blazers rolling early. The newly added Trail Blazers will soon know what it’s like to play in front of the best crowd in the NBA.
The second stretch of games that can be helpful to Portland comes right after the All-Star break. The Blazers will have six home games of their first seven games after the break.
They have two three-game homestands with a trip to Denver splitting the two.
The third comes at the end of the season, in which Portland will host five of its final six games. This is a crucial time, as it can potentially secure a playoff spot. Having five of its last six games at home will be very helpful.
We all know that Portland plays much better at home. The atmosphere at the Moda.. forget it, I’m still calling it the Rose Garden. The atmosphere at the Rose Garden is amazing. So amazing that over the past five years, the Blazers have averaged 10 more wins at home than on the road.
There have been 132 wins at home versus just 81 on the road.
Long Road Trips
The Blazers will be going on six road trips of four or more games. Good thing they added some much needed depth this off-season.
Last season, Portland went on road trips of five, six and seven games. The lack of depth made these road trips unbearable to watch. The team totaled a measly 5-13 record during the course of those three trips.
But let’s remember, the Blazers had the worst scoring bench last season. This year’s team is remarkably better.
With a more rounded roster, it should see improvement.
Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge has a great breakdown of the Blazers schedule here.
In his breakdown of the schedule, he points out that Portland has 19 back-to-backs. Of those 19, only one will be a back-to-back held at home. Also, the majority of them (10) will be a road-road situation. Portland will be racking up its frequent-flyer miles this season.
The single pair of back-to-back home games will take place Dec. and Dec. 7 against the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks.
No Christmas Games
This will mark the third straight year that Portland will not be playing on Christmas day. It’s nice for the players to spend time with their families and what have you, but I hate it.
As a fan of basketball, there is nothing I like more than watching basketball on Christmas day. My brother(s) — in-laws and blood — and I all enjoy the games. I remember the year Portland played at home against the Denver Nuggets.
I bought us tickets to go that night.
They had no idea, and were even talking about how we needed to all go to a game earlier that day.
They opened their gifts, all surprised, it was great. We went and had a great time. The Blazers won, too.
Fun fact: The Blazers win 9 out of 10 times I go to games. I rarely witness them lose. I can only remember two out of many — one was when LaMarcus Aldridge BLOCKED Kevin Durant, yet it was called goaltending with six seconds left. The other was a game against Utah. C.J. Miles absolutely torched the Blazers with five three-pointers in the 4th quarter.
Instead of enjoying a Blazers game on Christmas day, I will just have to enjoy the game of basketball being played by other teams.