August 4, 2009

Thoughts on the 2009-10 Blazers Schedule

We just tossed up the post showing the entire Trail Blazers schedule for the 2009-10 season which you should definitely check out if you haven't already. 

Got any initial thoughts on it?  We sure as hell do...

1.  November...too easy?  Don't be surprised to see the Blazers with 14 or 15 wins on November 30th.  Remember all that talk about "most difficult in the NBA" last year?  That definitely isn't the case to start the 2009-10 campaign.  Although, that 9 day road trip will be a solid test.

2.  December...eww.  Two separate four game road trips which include stops in New York, Cleveland, Orlando, Miami, Dallas and San Antonio.  At least they have another X-mas day game at home!

3.  January...keeps on rolling.  After one hell of a December, the Blazers will need a break in January, and it doesn't look like they'll get one.  The first match-up with the defending Champion Lakers happens, plus Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando.  Ouch.

4.  The rest of the season is "make or break" time.  After December and January, the season opens right up with a ton of favorable games for Portland.  Sure, they have 2 more games with the Lakers and one with Boston at home, but they also have a handful of bottom feeder games.  Sacramento 3 times and Oklahoma City twice.

No one expects next season to be easy, especially since the big dogs in the NBA all got better in the off-season.  November should really set the tone as to what we can expect from this young team with its new point guard.  If they walk into December after struggling in month one, things could get ugly real fast.

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BlazersInsider 8/4/09, 2:49 PM  

Compared to last year, this schedule is extremely favorable for several reasons:
- Through November we have as many home as road games (good prospects for a fast start and momentum building, compared to last year's brutal start to the season)
- We play 2 of 3 at home against BOTH the Lakers (we've won 8 in a row at home) and San Antonio (we won both games at home last season), and last season we played those teams 4 times each
- We have no road trip longer than 5 games and we have 2 of those (and on the first we play only 2 teams that made the playoffs last season and on the second we play only 1) compared to last season when we had 3 of those (and played 2, 3 and 2 playoff teams on those trips)

kellex 8/4/09, 5:24 PM  

The middle of the season will stand out as the major challenge for Portland, but as you said, this schedule is more than favorable compared to last year's.

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