Time flies, the Portland Trail Blazers are for real, critical injuries can derail any team, and the Eastern Conference may never have been worse.
After another impressive 111-104 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, the Blazers are a conference-best 16-3 – something no expert or fortune teller could have predicted coming into the season. They are easily one of the biggest surprises of the season, but it’s also worth noting that their schedule has been awfully friendly as well. Through their first 10 road games, only two of them – Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets – currently have a winning record. It’s something to keep in mind, as tough teams at home await their chance to see what these Blazers can do against better competition on the road. At home, they have had some impressive wins against Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls.