OK, now put your hand down and stop lying.
The Trail Blazers are 16-3. After a disappointing loss in Phoenix that ended a double-digit winning streak, Portland is 3-0 in December, including back-to-back home victories over the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, two of the best teams in the NBA.
There are two things every NBA fan wants to know right now. First, is this Blazers team for real? And second, how are they doing what they’re doing?
The answer to the first question is yes, this Blazers team is definitely for real. Does for real mean they will win 50 games or make the Western Conference finals? It’s too early to tell. But it does mean that their record is no fluke.
As for how the Blazers are doing what they’re doing, there are plenty of reasons. Here are just a few: