The Portland Trail Blazers are 2-1 after victories over the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs, and a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Here's how the Portland Trail Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week one of the 2013-14 season. In last week's preseason rankings, the Blazers ranged from No. 14 to No. 19. This week, Portland is ranked between No. 6 and No. 14.
No. 13 (Last week: 16): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Scoring 113 points in Denver after a bummer of an opener in Phoenix? A mild surprise at best. Ringing up 115 points at home against San Antonio with Tim Duncan back in the lineup? Legitimately eye-catching. You'd have to say LaMarcus Aldridge and especially Damian Lillard were ready to go.
No. 13 (Last week: 19): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Forward Nicolas Batum called his 3-pointer at the buzzer of a win over San Antonio on Saturday - a shot that gave him a triple-double - "the worst thing he's ever done in his career."
No. 12 (Last week: 16): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
You can go ahead and pencil the Blazers into the playoffs if LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are going to continue to average a combined 50.7 points. After a head-scratching loss to the Suns on opening night, the Blazers rebounded to beat two playoff teams from last season, Denver and San Antonio, in impressive fashion. With a horde of shooters and a fortified second unit, Portland ranks second in offensive efficiency and has the makings of being a top-10 unit all season.
No. 6 (Last week: 14): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
Had a cold shooting night in Phoenix for the Suns' home opener, but bounced back in a big way on back-to-back nights.
No. 11 (Last week: 17): Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk
That was a quality win over the Spurs Saturday night, even if Nicolas Batum wasn't exactly classy at the end. Strong offense to start the season for the Blazers.
No. 11 (Last week: 14): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
The Blazers allowed 31 fast break points to the Suns on Wednesday, 10 to the Nuggets on Friday, and two to the Spurs on Saturday. That's progress. The offense also got better as the week went on, with Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews combining to shoot 19-for-34 from 3-point range over the weekend. That last one was bush league, though.
No. 12 (Not included in top 15): David Aldridge, NBA.com
Cousin LaMarcus, Dame Lillard each averaging 25 per game for the Blazers; Nicolas Batum dropped a triple-double on the Spurs Saturday night, for which he was immediately regretful.
No. 14 (Last week: 15): Jason Patt, SB Nation
The Trail Blazers started off with a rough loss to the Phoenix Suns, but two impressive wins later, and they're back on the right track. LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard have been a dynamic duo.
Note: I called last week's rankings the "Week One" rankings; for consistency's sake, those have been changed to "preseason" and this week's batch serves as Week One.
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