Trail Blazers feel better equipped to handle challenges of road
Wins, of course, are what the Blazers will need to accumulate if they are to accomplish their goal of getting to the playoffs. But the road part of Stotts’ statement will also play a huge role in the team’s success, and the Blazers' ability to compete away from the Moda Center will be tested early, with 10 of the team's first 17 games on the road.
The Blazers were a puzzling road team last season, when they went 11-30 away from Portland. On the one hand, they got several memorable wins, including at Houston, New York, Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio.