I have heard and read a lot about how bad the Blazers are on the road. I've heard that we can't win in the playoffs because we are awful on the road. I wanted to see just how true this is, and this is what I came up with.
As a team this year the Blazers are 13-18 overall on the road. Not a great record, but not completely awful. Last year the team was 13-28 for the entire season, the year before that they were 14-27. That looks to me like they are finally starting to improve on the road.
Now I have heard a lot about not having any quality road wins, but it seems to me that we do have a few this year. The Blazers have won @ Orlando, @ Miami, @ Detroit, and @ New Orleans. Not a ton of great road wins, but there have been a few.
The stat that seems to be brought up the most is that the Blazers are 1-11 against all of the west playoff contenders on the road. Admittedly that looks really bad, but how successful are the other west teams under these same circumstances? I looked it up and it comes out like this....
L*kers - 6-4 (21-8 overall road record)
Spurs - 5-7 (20-12 overall)
Nuggets - 2-7 (17-15 overall)
Jazz - 0-7 (11-17 overall)
Hornets - 5-7 (16-13 overall)
Mavs - 3-9 ( 14-17 overall)
Suns - 1-7 ( 15-16 overall)
Rockets - 2-6 (14-17 overall)
Blazers - 1-11 (13-18 overall)
Obviously we don't have a great road team, but who does? The mighty L*kers are a whopping 6-4 against the west elite. Those veteran Nuggets are 2-7 against the top of the west. The Jazz have yet to win AT ALL on the road against the top of the west.
I don't really know what all of this means, but it sure doesn't seem as doom and gloom to me as it seems to be portrayed by the media. After seeing it in this light, does it change the way you feel about this team? Does it give you any more or less hope for the future? I'd like to hear some more opinions on this subject.