We are now 20 games into the season — about a quarter of the way — and the Portland Trail Blazers are definitely the big surprise so far. Nobody, not even the most hardcore of Blazer fans, would have predicted they would be sitting atop the Western Conference at a robust 17-3. I myself predicted that the Blazers would finish eighth in the Western Conference, and if you have followed since the beginning of the year you will remember that LaMarcus Aldridge predicted a seventh place finish.
Aldridge told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the Blazers would finish seventh in the West and added, “Mark my words” for emphasis.
Another week passes and the Blazers were able to go 3-0 this week and after losing last week to the Phoenix Suns, they have snagged another 4-game win streak to cap their 17-3 start. This week had some headline-making wins over top tier teams that helped announce the arrival of the Blazers in this year’s title race.
Check out the week that was…