Week 7 Video Breakdown
In Week 7, Portland managed to go a perfect 4-0. Even more impressive is that three of those wins came on the road — a place where the team hasn’t been tested much throughout the year.
As we’ve learned this season, this team is both very good and extremely entertaining. It’s a shame that its only played one nationally televised game all season — one that came against the Houston Rockets this past week — and that more people haven’t seen what it can do in person.
This group is young and ready to hit the scene, and luckily for fans in Rip City, that means a whole lot of highlights along the way.
Dec. 9 @ Utah
The Trail Blazers entered this game having played the Utah Jazz just a few nights prior. They had taken down their Western Conference foes to the tune of 130-98, and they had all the motivation to make it happen again following a last-second loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
As expected, Portland walked away successful, taking down the Jazz 105-94.
Wes Matthews led the way with 24 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up his game with 15 rebounds.
Dec. 12 @ Houston Rockets
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and luckily for the Blazers, it was below 30 degrees outside by the time this one came to an end.
Despite all the success the Blazers have encountered early, the Rockets were the first team to beat them at the Moda Center this season. Dec. 12 was a time for payback, and it was also time for exposure on the national level.
The TNT broadcast saw LaMarcus Aldridge have his best game of the season. He recorded 31 points and 25 rebounds, which more than combated the 32 and 17 from Dwight Howard.
Portland needed this one to prove it is a contender, and it got it 111-104. Aldridge also proved he’s an MVP candidate, which is something Rip City hasn’t had in a very long time.
Dec. 14 @ Philadelphia
We all know that the Blazers have lived by the three this season, but if you needed any more proof, the trip to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers should have done it.
Portland connected on 56.8 percent of its long-range shots, but the impressive part comes when you look at volume, not just accuracy. The team made 21 of its 37 attempts, setting a franchise record for most shots made from behind the arc in a single contest.
Seemingly everybody on the roster caught fire at some point, but Dorell Wright deserves special credit in his homecoming. He took five shots from the three-point line, and wouldn’t you know it, he knocked down all five.
Damian Lillard also deserves recognition as he hit on four of his five attempts. Eight Blazers scored double figures in this one, helping the team take down Philly 139-105.
Dec. 15 @ Detroit
The Blazers knew coming into this one that it would be a completely different battle than the night before in Philadelphia. The 76ers will allow any team in the league to launch from behind the three-point line, but the Detroit Pistons want to play physically down low, led by a formidable frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.
As it turned out, the game came down to the wire, and it took a last-second shot from Damian Lillard to walk away victorious.
The overtime battle saw Portland storm back in familiar fashion. The team has earned the a reputation as comeback kids, and while getting down big is never ideal, hot shooting makes up for problems from earlier in the contest.
Portland continues its road trip with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, then it closes out the week with the New Orleans Pelicans at home.