A few facts about the 2013-14 Blazers:
* The Blazers have finished the sweep of 5 franchises: Boston(2), Cleveland(2), Detroit(2), NY Knicks(2), and Toronto(2).
* The Blazers have been swept by 0 franchises.
* The Blazers still have the opportunity to sweep 8 more franchises: Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver(2), Lakers(2), Milwaukee, Orlando, and Utah. (To complete the Denver and Lakers sweeps, the Blazers still have to win 2 games).
* The Blazers still have the opportunity to be swept by 3 franchises: Memphis(2), Miami, and Washington.
An interesting fact is that the Blazers have won a game vs the Memphis/Vancouver Grizzlies every season they've existed(they joined the league in 1995-96).
To avoid being swept by any franchise, or put another way, to have a win over every franchise this season, the Blazers need to win:
(1) March 20th vs Washington
(2) March 24th @Miami
(3) one of these two games: March 11th @Memphis or March 30th vs Memphis
The Blazers haven't avoided being swept by every franchise since 2001-02.
* The Blazers registered at least one win against every NBA team during the 2001-02 season
* The Blazers registered at least one win against every NBA team during the 2000-01 season
Here is a chart listing every team we have swept in a given season(the number listed is the number of games all won by the Blazers in that season):
Here is a chart listing every team that has swept the Blazers in a given season(the number listed is the number of games all won by the Blazers in that season):
Please remember that the 2012 and 1999 seasons were adjusted because of lockouts, and only 66 and 50 games were played in those respective seasons; so treat those years with caution.
A few of the really fun facts discovered:
* The Blazers have registered at least one win against the LA Lakers in every season since the 1988-89 season. Conversely, the LA Lakers have registered at least one win against the Blazers in every season since the 1993-94 season.
* The Blazers have registered at least one win against the Cincinnati/Kansas City-Omaha/Kansas City/Sacramento Kings in every season, with the exception of the Blazers opening season 1970-71.
* The Utah/New Orleans Jazz have registered at least one win against the Blazers every season they've been in existence(they joined the league in 1974-75).
* The only teams that the Blazers haven't swept since the 1996 season(the year the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies joined the league) are the LA Lakers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, (and Phoenix Suns if you don't count the 3-0 sweep during the 1999 lockout year).
* The only teams that did not sweep the Blazers since the 1996 season are the LA Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings.
I find this dynamic of the Blazer' relationship with the LA Lakers to be as interesting as the dynamic mentioned in my post this morning:
"June 4th, 2000: A day that will live in infamy.
A day that sent our two franchises on opposite paths.
Having won games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference Finals, the Blazers had managed to force a game 7, and were up 15 in the fourth quarter, in Staples... before the greatest choke in NBA playoff history. The Lakers would go on a 15-0 run, culminating in that Kobe-Shaq alley-oop.
With the win, the Lakers would advance to the NBA Finals, and would win their first NBA Championship in over a decade. It was the first of 3 consecutive NBA Championships led by Shaq. Phil Jackson and Kobe would end up notching a total of 5 NBA Championships together with the Lakers.
On the other side, the Blazers haven't won a playoff series since that loss. Every other NBA franchise has won a playoff series since (excluding the Charlotte Bobcats who wouldn't exist for another 4 years after this moment)."
The Blazers can still make history in two ways (one good/one bad):
* If the Blazers win the 2 games against the LA Lakers, they will be the first team in the series to notch a sweep since 1993-94 season.
* If the Blazers lose the 2 games against the Memphis Grizzlies, this season will be the first time the Blazers have been swept by that franchise.
A few questions that came up looking at stats/Blazersedge tonight:
(1) Why do the Blazers allow more points per possession when Wes Matthews is on the court than when he is off the court?
(2) Does anyone else enjoy that the Blazers are 25-5 in games played on Thursday to Sunday, and 13-13 in games played on Monday to Wednesday?
(3) Why do some of you still believe the Blazers would be better next year if Mo Williams opts out of his player option? It's a choice between him and a veteran minimum (I won't rehash the logic here yet again). Mo Williams is clearly better than a veteran minimum player (or are you arguing that Earl Watson should be getting Mo Williams' minutes?)
List of players with multiple Player of the Weeks:
Durant - 5
Aldridge - 3
Lebron - 2
George - 2
Griffin - 2
And lastly, thank you Blazers for this delicious win.
Personally there are few joys provided by the NBA that are greater than a Blazers win over KLove.