The Portland Trail Blazers are 34-13 on the season after a 1-1 week that included a win over the Toronto Raptors and a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week 14 of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 3 to No. 7. This week, Portland placed from No. 3 to No. 10, dropping slightly on most of the various rankings.
No. 5 (Last week: 3): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Not unlike fellow top-five fixture Indiana, Portland is working through what it hopes is a mere a 3-4 blip largely caused by a tough stretch of schedule that will stay tough through the All-Star break. Keep an eye on Damian Lillard this week after some so-so showings on the road recently.
No. 3 (Last week: 3): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Portland, which plays at Washington, New York and Indiana next, is 7-0 against the Eastern Conference on the road this season.
No. 7 (Last week: 4): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
No one is happier to see February than the Blazers, who lost as many games in January than they did in December and November combined. Not to mention they scored a season-low 81 points in a loss to Memphis in the month's finale.
No. 9 (Last week: 7): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
The truth shall set you free (of home-court advantage in the first round). The truth is getting out on the Blazers.
No. 8 (Last week: 6): Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk
They are 3-4 in their last seven games and now head out on the road for five of their six games before the All-Star break - this will be a real test of the Blazers and their often struggling defense. The Pacers, Timberwolves and Clippers are among the road teams, and the home game in this stretch is the Thunder.
No. 10 (Last week: 6): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
The Blazers got a few days off and a big win over the Raptors last week, but finish their pre-break schedule with another tough stretch. They play two back-to-backs and five of their six games are on the road (where they've lost three straight), with the only home game being a visit from the Thunder. They have to hope that Damian Lillard's game-winner against Toronto helps him break out of his slump.
No. 3 (Last week: 2): David Aldridge, NBA.com
With Saturday's win over Toronto, the Blazers have beaten every division leader other than Miami, who beat them by one in December. Blazers will get another crack at the Heat in Miami in March.
No. 6 (Last week: 4): Jason Patt, SB Nation
The Blazers had plenty of time to stew after a home beatdown at the hands of the surging Grizzlies. With three days off, Portland came back and picked up a solid win over Toronto, withstanding 36 points from All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
No. 5 (Last week: 5): USA Today Sports
Robin Lopez is everyones favorite Comic-Con celebrity/defensive stopper.
No. 8 (Last week: 7): Hollinger Power Rankings
Hollinger Statistical Rankings...
- Offensive Efficiency: Tied-No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
- Defensive Efficiency: Tied-No. 21 (Last week: No. 23)
- Rebound Rate: Tied-No. 3 (Last week: No. 3)
- Pace: Tied-No. 8 (Last week: No. 8)
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