I've noticed that quite a few games lately the opposition has come out shooting lights out. in the 1st Quarter. It took me over an hour to do the research because I couldn't find team FG% by quarter, but check it out...
Last 9 games: Opponents shoot an avg. of 53.6% in the 1st Quarter
Dallas: 60% (48.8% for the game)
Toronto: 52.6% (44.9%/game)
Boston: 50% (40.3%/game)
New Orleans 53.3% (51.3%/game)
L*kers 60% (49.3%/game)
Detroit 50% (50%/game)
Golden St. 56.2% (50.7%/game)
Chicago 50% (43.4%/game)
Philadelphia 50% (46.1%/game)
Overall on the year, the Blazers have given up 50% or more in 1st Q. 20 times!
So my question to everyone: What's with the slow starts? The team started the season with "Defense" and the mantra. I'm reasonably happy with the record, but why can't they defend in the 1st Quarter???