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Week 1 Video Breakdown
The Portland Trail Blazers may have laid an egg in the opener against the lowly Phoenix Suns, but they more than made up for it in two contests against the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.
During Week 1 of the 2013-14 NBA season, Portland put together a 2-1 record, moving up the power rankings in the eyes of most national media members.
Damian Lillard was the high scorer against the Suns (Photo: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian).
There’s still a ways to go before we start talking long-term success, but last week’s competition gives us a good idea of what this team is capable of.
Oct. 30 @ Phoenix Suns
There’s no nice way to put it, so let’s just say it: Portland stunk in its season-opening contest against the Suns.
The team from the Pacific Northwest dropped its first game of the year in ugly fashion falling to Phoenix 104-91. The Suns have nothing to fight for this year outside of a lottery pick, yet they managed to rally behind home-court advantage, taking down the Blazers — a team that has legitimate hopes of making the postseason.
Luckily for Portland, no season was ever won or lost after just won game.
Damian Lillard shined bright in his first game as a sophomore (LaMarcus Aldridge also performed valiently with 28 points), but the truth is that too many underwhelming performances led to a shocking loss in Game 1 of the 2013-14 campaign.
Nov. 1 @ Denver Nuggets
Getting a win in Denver is a rare feat for the Trail Blazers, but it’s a goal that was accomplished in the second game of the year.
This win was important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, starting the year with momentum is always important, and that momentum would have been non-existent with a second-straight loss on the road.
The other important factor comes when you look at potential playoff seeding out West. The Blazers and Nuggets are both expected to fight for the final few spots in the Western Conference, and getting a leg up on the competition early never hurts when you’re a young, energetic roster looking to accomplish great things.
Nov. 2 vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Trail Blazers entered this contest with two historical advantages over San Antonio: a 12-game winning streak in home openers, as well as a 12-5 record over the Spurs in their last 17 matchups.
A strong showing at home gave Portland the victory, and another notch in each of the aforementioned belts.
On the night, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldride and Wesley Matthews led the way with 25, 24 and 20 points respectively, but the show was stolen by Nicolas Batum’s triple-double.
Nicolas Batum may have felt horrible about the accomplishment when it was all said and done, but the truth is that he earned it, giving him big-time honors when the clock struck zero.
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