The Portland Trail Blazers are 21-4 on the season after a 4-0 week that included wins over the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.
Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week seven of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 1 to No. 4. Same thing this week, with Portland sitting atop multiple lists again.
No. 2 (Last week: 2): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Second-best start in team history through 25 games. 100-plus points in 12 straight games for the first time since 1993-94 ... which happens to be our first season covering the NBA. And Bill Simmons proclaims Portland his favorite League Pass team. Does anyone even notice the rain these days?
No. 2 (Last week: 2): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Portland has won four straight games and eight of its past 10. Damian Lillard takes on Cleveland's Kyrie Irving on Tuesday.
No. 1 (Last week: 1): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
It's one thing to reach No. 1 in the Power Rankings, but it's another thing entirely to stay on top. The Blazers have now done both after another perfect week, while improving to 10-0 against the Eastern Conference. Terry Stotts has emerged as the front-runner for Coach of the Year in light of Portland's transformation from a 33-win lottery team into the Western Conference leader.
No. 2 (Last week: 2): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
They're playing how I play NBA 2K right now. Launching threes, running up the score, beating everyone (and not playing defense at all).
No. 1 (Last week: 1): Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk
They keep winning and the offense keeps clicking - on the season they are scoring 110.3 points per 100 possessions (best in the NBA by 2 points) but in their last 10 games that is up to 114.7. (That covers up the 24th ranked defense the last 10 games.)
No. 1 (Last week: 1): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Damian Lillard was shooting 30 percent for the week, but that didn't matter in the final seconds of overtime in Detroit on Sunday. His game-winner kept the Blazers perfect (10-0) against the Eastern Conference and gave them as many road wins (11) as they had all of last season. Their offense just isn't slowing down, scoring 116 points per 100 possessions over their last seven games.
No. 3 (Last week: 4): David Aldridge, NBA.com
Most impressive part of Portland's amazing start this season: Blazers won their 11th road game Sunday with their overtime victory in Detroit, tying the amount of road wins they had all of last season.
No. 3 (Last week: 2): Jason Patt, SB Nation
It's tough to drop the Blazers a spot considering they've also won four in a row and lead the West, but the Spurs are just that impressive right now. At any rate, Portland, and especially LaMarcus Aldridge, continue to be awesome. Damian Lillard also did cool stuff.
No. 2 (Last week: 1): USA Today Sports
They are 9-0 against the Eastern Conference, but don't hold that against them.
No. 4 (Last week: 4): Hollinger Power Rankings
- Offensive Efficiency: No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
- Defensive Efficiency: No. 19 (Last week: No. 20)
- Rebound Rate: No. 5 (Last week: No. 5)
- Pace: No. 14 (Last week: No. 15)
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