The Portland Trail Blazers fans knew the 2013-14 season would look better than previous years, but no one saw an 11 game winning streak coming.
Though it is early in the season, the Blazers have shown countless improvement on defense and team chemistry.
Some analysts have connected the streak to the soft schedule early in the season, but the Blazers have shown continuous resilience after finishing a 4-0-road trip. They returned home to beat the Chicago Bulls, 98-95, and the Golden State Warriors, 113-101, back-to-back.
The eleven straight wins has sparked a lot of approval for the Blazers over social media, yet Head Coach Terry Stotts said he doesn’t even mention the streak to the team because he doesn’t believe they have accomplished anything.
I agree with Terry – it’s still early in the season and a long schedule waits, but credit can still be given to their effort.
Recently awarded Western Conference Player of the week, LaMarcus Aldridge, is leading the team in scoring with 22.1 points per game. He played an outstanding game on Nov. 23 against the Golden State Warriors as he led the team to victory. Aldridge finished the game with 30 points and 21 rebounds.
Wesley Matthews is averaging 16.7 points per game and has been lighting up from the three-point line. Though he was ejected late in the third quarter during the Warriors game, Matthew shot five of six from the three, and finished with 23 points.
The Blazers are currently first in the Western Conference, while the San Antonio Spurs trail closely behind.
During the 2007-08 season the Blazers had a 13-game run, led by former guard Brand Roy.
The Blazers were within reach after a win over the New York Knicks, 102-91, on Nov. 25, but hope was lost when the Blazers were defeated again by the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 27.
After a holiday break, the Blazers bounced back to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-108. The Blazers built 17-point lead in the first quarter and a 20-point lead in the third, but the Lakers returned to close the gap each time. Aldridge and Lillard led the team in scoring, and helped the team escape a loss.
On Monday the Blazers sent a message to fans after they dethroned the number one team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers. Though Pacer Paul George led his team with 43 points, the Blazers proved to be taken serious with a 106-102 win.
The 15-3 record has given the new team confidence, but for how long fans will see this is unknown. For now, let’s enjoy the wonderful gift.