There’s no question that one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2013-14 NBA season has been the insurgence of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers, led by second-year point guard Damian Lillard and star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, have been one of the best teams in the entire league and one of the most entertaining to watch on a game-to-game basis.
Through their first 20 games of this season, the Blazers have the best offense in the league in terms of efficiency. Their offense has been a well-oiled machine, averaging a phenomenal 109.4 points per 100 possessions this year. They have obviously been impressive when it comes to putting points on the board, but they have never looked better on that end of the floor than they did on Friday night against the struggling Utah Jazz.
The Jazz have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league this season, which presented little challenge for Portland. The Blazers put up a ridiculous 130 points on 55.4 percent shooting from the field and ridiculously hot 17-23 shooting from long-range on their way to a 32-point victory.
The Blazers starters, who all played less than 30 minutes in the rout, all finished with eight points or more and three of them finished with more than 20 points in the contest. Moreover, nine of the 13 players who touched the floor scored six points or more for Portland.
Portland has proven against good and bad teams that they are indeed for real this season and can score with any team in the league. What will be interesting is to see if this team regresses any offensively going forward or if their system continues to produce solid results. It will also be even more interesting to see what happens with this team when rookie C.J. McCollum, another offensive weapon, returns from injury. All in all, though, this Blazers team should be incredibly entertaining and productive going forward.