The Portland Trail Blazers are beginning to put together a consistent effort night-to-night. What are NBA experts across the league saying about them?
While a 30-point blowout would have certainly been suffice, the Blazers’ come-from-behind, 112-111 victory over the Raptors on Monday night could end up being, in theory, the best-case scenario for the Portland Trail Blazers.
In a victory built through heroics, Portland won the exact type of game that can be built upon. Toronto’s 14-point lead ensured that, by necessity, the Blazers would have to calibrate their offense and defense at the same time. They did so against a struggling-but-still-respected Raptors group, and because of it, the national media is beginning to take notice.
Thus far, the prevailing theme of the Blazers’ season has been its turbulence. For that reason, most are unsure what to make of this team yet.
They have the 11th-best point differential in the league — higher than the star laden Clippers and the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat — but have already had some disheartening defensive showings early into the young season.
Assuming they don’t play down to the competition, there’s a realistic world in which Portland can string together win after win. There are a number of mediocre defenses on their schedule. In the process, Portland’s two stars, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum would be poised to add to what has already been a remarkable 2020-21 season.
As it stands today, though, here’s the round-up of what the national media is saying about the Portland Trail Blazers.