The Portland Trail Blazers are 28-9 on the season after a 2-1 week that included wins over the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics and a loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week 11 of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 4 to No. 6. This week, Portland placed from No. 2 to No. 8, with minor movement both directions.
No. 5 (Last week: 4): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Blazermaniacs still down about the home loss to Philly just before last week's rankings were published and the loss at Sacramento that immediately followed are advised to drop everything and go read LaMarcus Aldridge's latest comments about wanting an extension. That'll lift your spirits.
No. 6 (Last week: 4): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Rookie shooting guard C.J. McCollum averaged seven points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field in his first two games.
No. 4 (Last week: 5): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
The Blazers' dramatically improved bench (up from a minus-6.7 net rating last season to minus-0.7 this year) may have another weapon up its sleeve. Rookie C.J. McCollum made his debut last week and flashed glimpses of his potential with 10 points in 13 minutes in his second game back from a foot injury, going 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range in a win over Boston.
No. 4 (Last week: 5): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
Battling expectations may be the toughest part of the second half of their season.
No. 5 (Last week: 6): Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk
In case you didn't see his quote, reserve guard Mo Williams needs to be a Top Chef judge: "With our team, we have a makeup of individuals that do something really, really good and when we mesh together, it's like gumbo. That's the best example I can give you of our team. Some teams have a dish where you got your steak, potatoes and asparagus. We're gumbo. Without one of the ingredients, the gumbo just doesn't taste well. But when everything is in that pot, it's just like grandma did it."
No. 6 (Last week: 6): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
C.J. McCollum looked comfortable in his first two games, but it remains to be seen if he's just replacing Dorell Wright's minutes or if the Blazers' starters might see a decrease in theirs. Four of the five rank in the top 26 in minutes played. After they host the Cavs on Wednesday, they visit the Spurs, Mavs, Rockets and Thunder. They're 4-2 against those teams, but five of the games have been at home.
No. 2 (Last week: 4): David Aldridge, NBA.com
After playing Cleveland Monday, the Blazers start a monster road swing beginning Friday, going through the Texas Triangle -- San Antonio, Dallas, Houston -- before a final game at OKC.
No. 3 (Last week: 5): Jason Patt, SB Nation
After a two-game losing streak, the Blazers got back to their winning ways by beating up on a couple bad Eastern Conference teams. There's one more game against an East foe before a tough four-game road trip against some of the better teams in the Western Conference.
No. 4 (Last week: 5): USA Today Sports
C.J. McCollum makes his three-pointers, so he should fit right in.
No. 8 (Last week: 5): Hollinger Power Rankings
- Offensive Efficiency: No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
- Defensive Efficiency: No. 23 (Last week: No. 20)
- Rebound Rate: No. 5 (Last week: No. 4)
- Pace: No. 10 (Last week: No. 10)
Be sure to follow Blazersedge's new official Twitter account here.
-- Ben Golliver | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter