The Portland Trail Blazers are 17-4 on the season after a 3-1 week that included wins over the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz, and a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week six of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 3 to No. 6. This week, Portland is ranked between No. 1 and No. 4, climbing to the very top of multiple lists.
No. 2 (Last week: 3): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Portland's favorite part of the season's first quarter: Nosy outsiders have stopped asking LaMarcus Aldridge if he wants to relocate. Dallas inflicted a bummer end to an otherwise glorious week, but the chance to avenge their only other home L comes Thursday, when Houston returns to town.
No. 2 (Last week: 3): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Portland is off to its best start since winning 27 of 30 to open the 1990-91 season. A home loss to Dallas kept Blazers from moving to No. 1.
No. 1 (Last week: 6): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
Dallas guard Monta Ellis' game-winning, buzzer-beating fadeaway Saturday took a little air out of the Blazers' balloon, but Portland claims what it has rightfully earned this week: the No. 1 spot. The Blazers have now beaten the Pacers, Thunder and Spurs, proving their early success can't be chalked up to a hot hand or a soft schedule.
No. 2 (Last week: 3): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
Unbelievable homestand by Portland against elite teams. They have the resume to be considered a Western contender.
No. 1 (Last week: 3): Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk
They are doing it with the best offense in the NBA. It's okay to be a jump shooting team if you hit them, and the Blazers knock them down - they are hitting 42.7 percent on corner threes as a team this season and 41.8 percent from beyond the arc overall.
No. 1 (Last week: 6): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
It was a good week to be watching hoops at the Moda Center. The Blazers' defense has fallen off, but the No. 1 offense in the league has made up for it. Similarly, the highs of wins over the Pacers and Thunder more than outweigh the low of getting beat at the buzzer by the Mavs. LaMarcus Aldridge looks like Player of the Week material, having averaged 26.3 points and 12.8 boards in four games.
No. 4 (Last week: 5): David Aldridge, NBA.com
Set team record for 3-point percentage in a game (17-of-23, .739) in rout of the Jazz Friday night.
No. 2 (Last week: 5): Jason Patt, SB Nation
The Blazers beat the Pacers last Monday and could have taken over the top slot if not for a heartbreaking loss to the Mavericks on Saturday. In addition to beating Indiana last week, Portland also took care of business against Oklahoma City, with LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 38 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win.
No. 1 (Last week: 4): USA Today Sports
Having the NBA's most efficient offense is easier when you shoot 41.8% from three-point range.
No. 4 (Last week: 6): Hollinger Power Rankings
- Offensive Efficiency: No. 1 (Last week: No. 3)
- Defensive Efficiency: No. 20 (Last week: No. 23)
- Rebound Rate: No. 5 (Last week: No. 5)
- Pace: No. 15 (Last week: No. 21)
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