Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/2/12
First road challenge The Portland Trail Blazers started their season off on the right foot with a 116-106 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, but now it’s time to take their act on the road against the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Matchup: Portland (1-0) @ Oklahoma City (0-1) Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena Time: 5:00 PM PT Date: November 2, 2012 The Thunder will be about as tough as it gets early in the year, but they’re just one of a string of contenders the Blazers must face before the schedule lightens up in the second half of the month. Game Notes/How They Match Up Wesley Matthews needs another strong performance to take down the Thunder. Photo: AP/Don Ryan These teams have a lot in common. They’re both young, they both have an established go-to scorer and they both play an up-tempo style of ultra-exciting basketball. The difference? Only one is considered a contender this season. Oklahoma City is looked at as the favorite out West in the eyes
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