Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Portland Trail Blazers return home with a nine-game winning streak, but they'll face a stiff test Friday night when the Memphis Grizzlies come to the Moda Center.
The Grizzlies are one of two NBA teams with 13 wins thus far. (The Toronto Raptors are the other.) Portland can join that group with a victory over Memphis.
The Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA thanks to that nine-game streak. They extended their run thanks to a 3-0 trip versus the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets.
Geography yields no respect
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
You probably know that the two NBA teams with 12 wins are the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors.
They are both great teams, built with strong rosters and defensive mentalities.
They were also bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season. Same goes for the Houston Rockets, who flew out of the gate this season, but are still near the top of the Western Conference standings.