The Los Angeles Clippers won't garner as much excitement as their in-town rivals, but Nov. 8 will be the first time that a national television audience will set their eyes on the Blazers in 2013.
By this point in the year, those following the Rookie of the Year race will surely know how Damian Lillard has performed, but with a chance to finally see him live, all eyes will be watching to see what the highly-anticipated prospect can do.
Lillard versus Chris Paul will be fun to watch, but the battle of the power forwards will be the true matchup to keep an eye on. Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge will showcase what they can do on the block, but they both like to get out and run, creating one of the more exciting power forward matchups in the league.
Jamal Crawford is someone else to look out for, as his recent stint in Portland didn’t go as planned, and he’d love to get a revenge victory early in the year.
If Portland is going to collect respect as a young team, beating a Western Conference contender in their first major broadcast will go a long way for fans across the league.