It’s time the whole world takes notice of what the Portland Trail Blazers this season.
While it’s true that they were facing the lowly Utah Jazz – basement team in the Western Conference and one of the worst in the NBA – the Blazers not only established a 32-point margin in the win, they also broke the league’s record for most three-pointers made in a single game.
Portland scored 17 of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc to end the game with an effectiveness of 73.9 percent, an NBA record for any team shooting more than 20 threes per basketball-reference.com. In addition to this record, Portland also broke their previous mark of threes made that was set at 16.
The Blazers have been deadly with their shooting this year, and the recipe has been quite clear. Damian Lillard has been outstanding managing the offense, and the fact that LaMarcus Aldridge draws a lot of attention inside generates open spaces for their shooters like Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews, who have also been lights out since the start of the year.
This offensive scheme will definitively cause troubles to the rest of the league. Teams will not only focus on stopping Lillard and Aldridge, they also have to guard the perimeter to avoid Batum and Matthews to score from long range.
While it’s true that the Blazers will need to improve throughout the season and they also need more production from their bench, it’s hard to argue with the way they’ve been playing to start the year. They own the best record in a tough West, and if they maintain this offensive efficiency, they will be a hard team to stop come playoff time.