Week 3 Video Breakdown
The 2013-14 NBA season has started off on an incredibly positive note for the Portland Trail Blazers. Week 3 saw them go a perfect 4-0, and believe it or not, they have the third-best record in the league through the first 10 games.
At this stage in the season, the Blazers are an impressive 8-2. It’s the best record they’ve had through 10 contests since 1999, and the roster is showing it is capable of playing at a fast pace with a furious passion.
Where the Blazers have struggled the most in years past is on the road. The East Coast road trip they’re currently on is the first big test of the season, and while there’s plenty more to come, the team has passed with flying colors up to this point.
There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but if the early part of the year is any sign, Portland will be a dangerous team all year. Fans in Rip City have reason to be excited, especially considering how entertaining this team has become — win or lose.
Nov. 9 vs. Detroit
Before the Nov. 9 contest against the Detroit Pistons, the Trail Blazers had yet to play a game that was decided by single digits.
This one broke that streak, and it helped prepare the team for a week full of close battles.
Nov. 13 vs. Phoenix
The Blazers opened their season with an unexpected loss to the Phoenix Suns. The team from the desert was supposed to be the ultimate freebie for opponents this season, but a newfound appreciation for defense helped it take down the Blazers in the opener.
In Round 2, the Blazers were ready, and they won a low-scoring battle by one point thanks to a clutch layup by Damian Lillard in the closing seconds.
Nov. 15 @ Boston
The Trail Blazers entered this one winless in Boston since 2004. TD Garden had been one of the unluckiest venues for Portland in recent memory, but a solid showing against a rebuilding roster landed the Blazers a 109-106 victory.
Standouts from this game were LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Mo Williams hit the scene with 18 points and eight assists off the bench.
Nicolas Batum also played a well-rounded game, recording 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Nov. 17 @ Toronto
In case you missed it (and you very well may have considering this game tipped off at 10:00 AM PT), the Blazers took down the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 17 in their first overtime challenge of the season.
A fourth-quarter comeback by the Raptors made this one interesting, but the Blazers kept their heads high and won 118-110.