Monday night marked the Blazers’ third straight victory, albeit all against sub-.500 teams, but good teams win the games they are supposed to win and that’s exactly what Rip City is doing. Monday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons was not an easy task; however, the Blazers have shown they can score with anybody as they surpassed the 100-point mark once again winning 109-103. CHALUPAS FOR ALL!
Some of the newcomers were key in this victory. Robin Lopez posted his second straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Mo Williams shot a blistering 8-for-11 from the floor and finished with 17 points and Dorell Wright added 11 points off the bench as well — all were season highs for each player. Stotts has urged Lillard to really push the pace and it has shown early in the season as they are putting up points in bunches.
Frankly, they haven’t really played too tough of competition to start the year; but again good teams win the games they should. Their two losses came against the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets, who are a combined 10-5 to start the season; while their wins have come against the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs (their only loss), Sacramento Kings (twice) and the Detroit Pistons. The combined record for the teams they have beaten you ask? A mere 12-14 early on in this NBA season.
My preseason projection had the Blazers finishing eighth in the Western Conference and I’m sticking by my guns on this one, however I could be wrong … they could finish higher.
- Chris Reichert
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