Week 4 Video Breakdown
The Portland Trail Blazers have come out of the gate looking to prove they’re a playoff-caliber team, but they’ve also shown that they can be one of the most exciting rosters in the entire NBA.
Through 14 games, Portland is an immaculate 12-2. That’s the third-best mark in the entire Association, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers.
What this team is doing is surprising to say the least, but don’t tell that to the players themselves. Everybody who suits up in red and black believes they can win night in and night out, and that’s the kind of confidence that has led to a 10-game winning streak entering Week 5.
Nov. 18 @ Brooklyn Nets
The Blazers pushed their streak to seven games against the Brooklyn Nets, and Wesley Matthews was a huge reason why. The 2-guard scored 24 points on 5-of-8 shooting from downtown, and he proved once again why he deserves to be on the All-Star ballot this season.
Other notable performances came from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a game-high 27 points (as well as eight rebounds and two blocks) and Damian Lillard collected nine assists to go with his 19 points.
Nov. 20 @ Milwaukee Bucks
Considering the active winning streak of the Trail Blazers, as well as the record of the Milwaukee Bucks, it was assumed Portland would walk away with a win in this one. Then again, nothing is guaranteed in the NBA, which is why you play each and every game regardless of the projected outcome.
In this one, the Blazers took care of business, rounding out a perfect road trip. The team won 91-82 behind 21 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and a near triple-double from Nicolas Batum.
Nov. 22 vs. Chicago Bulls
Entering the Nov. 22 matchup with the Chicago Bulls, fans across the league widely considered this Portland’s biggest test of the year. The team had endured an extremely favorable schedule, and the question was whether or not it could take down a true contended that would be focused on defense from the onset of the competition.
Luckily for the Blazers, they proved they can compete in a low-scoring battle, taking down the Eastern Conference contenders by three points.
Nov. 23 vs. Golden State Warriors
The Trail Blazers needed a statement win to make people believe the winning streak was real, and needless to say, they got it against the Golden State Warriors.
To cap off the week, the team went into the Bay Area having won just two of their last 16 showings at Oracle Arena. The Blazers faced more adversity than they had all year, and they came away with their best win of the young season.
Following a third-quarter altercation between the two teams, Portland saw Matthews and Mo Williams both get ejected. That, however, didn’t stop the rest of the team from stepping up, as the remaining players sparked a 41-20 run to close out the contest.
Aldridge finished with an incredible 30 points, 21 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists.
In honor of the team’s 10-game winning streak, we give you a quick rundown of all 10 games.