Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/3/14
Winning Ways The Portland Trail Blazers had a relatively easy week when it came to their opponents, but they did exactly what they were supposed to do: beat inferior competition. In Week 18, Portland faced the Denver Nuggets twice and the Brooklyn Nets once. Beating those two squads is not a surprise, but beating them with defense is what sticks out the most. Most fans will look at this past week’s scores and point out that Portland averaged 108.7 points per game. However, that number is a bit misleading, as the team racked up 124 points in a single outing against the Nets. Damian Lillard came up big against the Nuggets. (Photo: Chris Humphreys/USA Today Sports) What should be a bigger topic of discussion is the 90.3 points per game allowed. It hasn’t been said all season that the Blazers were able to win consistently with defense, but in a week where injuries gave reserves a chance to shine, everybody stepped up, giving the team hope that depth won’t be a problem once the playoffs ...
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