Found December 19, 2013 on HoopStuff:
Portland Trail Blazers: Robin Lopez Is A Low Key Hero By Jennifer Fazioli: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… * Note: All stats as of the morning of 12/17 The Portland Trail Blazers have been on a torrid pace to start the 2013 season with a record of 21-4 entering Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. How does a team that finished the 2012 season with a 33-49 record while losing their last 13 games find themselves on pace to nearly double last season’s win total, while having the second best start in their franchise’s history? Several factors undoubtedly factored into this remarkable turnaround, but let’s focus on just one – the procurement of Robin Lopez from the Pelicans in a 3 team trade during the summer. Last year the Blazers had only one true center on the roster, rookie Meyers Leonard. Because he was so inexperienced, Leonard started only 9 games while averaging 17.5 minutes per game, meaning the team was forced to rely on the tandem of JJ Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridg...
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