Week 5 Video Breakdown
After defeating the lowly New York Knicks, Portland let its guard down against one of the supposed tankers of this season. The team’s 11-game winning streak came to an end, but it more than made up for it with a dramatic win on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Blazers went 2-1 on the week, and remained relevant in the eyes of the national media. They’re getting everyone’s best at this point in the year, but that’s what they should expect each and every night if they hope to make the postseason.
Nov. 25 vs. New York Knicks
Based on their record entering this contest, the Knickerbockers of New York are an atrocious basketball team. The talent on the roster screams otherwise, but as it turns out, there wasn’t much to fear for the Blazers at Moda.
Portland took down its Eastern Conference foe by double digits, tallying 102 points to New York’s 91.
Carmelo Anthony torched Rip City for 34 points and 15 rebounds, but Portland was far more balanced, as it has four starters score at least 17.
LaMarcus Aldridge showed yet again why he should be considered one of the best power forwards in the game, if not the best. He recorded 18 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.
Nov. 27 @ Phoenix Suns
There’s something about the Phoenix Suns that gets the Trail Blazers into trouble. Despite losing the season opener and winning matchup No. 2 by just a single point, Portland wasn’t ready for what hit them in the face in Round 3.
Where Phoenix gets Portland into trouble is in transition. The Blazers live and die by the three, and while they haven’t “died” many times at this point in the season, long misses equal quick opportunities for a team that loves to run.
The Blazers saw their 11-game winning streak snapped in this one, as they lost 120-106.
Dec. 1 @ Los Angeles Lakers
Every true Blazers fan hate the Lakers with a passion, which is why their 114-108 win at Staples Center was one of the sweestest victories of the season.
We learned two things about the Blazers during this contest. First and foremost, they can score quickly. They jumped out to a massive lead in the first quarter, and all looked good on multiple occasions throughout the battle.
Unfortunately, the other thing we learned is that this team has no idea how to play with a lead.
Despite being in great shape to blow out L.A. early, the Lakers made two separate comebacks to make it a close contest late. Luckily for Portland, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 26 and 27 points respectively, and Nicolas Batum had a near triple-double with nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
It wasn’t always easy, but the team got its first win of what will hopefully be another long streak. The Blazers are well on their way to a postseason appearance, and luckily for fans, they’ve been entertaining every step of the way.