The Blazers went 3-1 for the week ending January 8th notching impressive wins over the Lakers and the Thunder while losing to a Phoenix team who are a shell of their former selves. The Blazer early season play has ranked them in the top five of many power rankings. How do you feel about where the Blazers are currently ranked?
Previous weeks rankings are indicated in parenthesis
John Schuhmann, NBA.com – 3rd (5th)
Pace: 98.1 (3), Off: 101.0 (14), Def: 94.9 (5)
Gerald Wallace’s offense has come and gone, but his defensive impact has been huge. The Blazers have allowed just 89 points per 100 possessions in 263 minutes with him on the floor, compared to 109 in 121 minutes with him on the bench. Portland’s improved D will host the Clippers’ No. 2 offense Tuesday.
David Aldridge, NBA.com – 4th (5th)
Blazers unbeaten (5-0) at home, winning by an average of 13 in the Rose Garden.
.200 — Win percentage of the Lakers (6-24) in their last 30 games in Portland — the length of Kobe Bryant’s career — after losing 107-96 to the Blazers at the Rose Garden Thursday.
Marc Stein, ESPN.com – 5th (6th)
Jeff Sagarin, USA Today – 5th (no info found)
The Blazers have played 12th most difficult schedule to date according to Sagarin’s ratings.
Matt Moore, CBS Sports – 4th (5th)
John Hollinger, ESPN.com – 4th (NR)