PORTLAND — Brandon Roy was named the NBA's player of the week this past Monday. For Trail Blazers fans, that could be considered a good omen.
Last season, Roy earned the player honors just as the Blazers were embarking on a 13-game winning streak. He would go on to win a second POTW award the next week.
This season, Roy helped get the Blazers off to a 4-0 start to their longest winning streak (six games) since last season's 13-game run. He averaged 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and six assists in victories over Sacramento, Miami, New Orleans and Detroit.
It was the third time overall that Roy has won the honor. He joins Clyde Drexler as the only other Blazer to win it three times.
"Having the NBA recognize his performance this past week is a testament to his selfless play and a recognition of the team's early season success," general manager Kevin Pritchard said.
The Blazers were 14-6 after Wednesday night's 98-82 victory over the Washington Wizards. The six-game winning streak will be tested on Friday night when the Blazers visit the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics (18-2).
The 14-6 mark was enough to pop the team atop the Northwest Division standings. The Blazers are second in the Western Conference behind the 15-2 Los Angeles Lakers.
Portland is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 season when the team started 15-5.
There's no question Rudy Fernandez has been impressive his rookie season in the NBA.
His no-look passes, alley-OOP dunks and even the flashy behind-back-dribbles have brought chants of "Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" from fans.
But he's also putting up some solid numbers off the bench.
Fernandez has hit a 3-pointer in each of his first 20 NBA games. In the past 12 seasons, only two other rookies have put up longer 3-point streaks: Gordan Giricek, who had 24 straight in 2002-2003, and Kirk Hinrich, who had an NBA-record 29 in 2003-04.
Fernandez has also scored in double figures in 14 of his first 20 games.
Oden gives thanks
A funny Thanksgiving note from Blazers' center Greg Oden on his blog (the typos are his):
"To everyone whos reading have a Happy Thanksgiving and know that today is about giving thanks, not turkey, but i will eat a full turkey myself."
The value of the Portland Trail Blazers franchise is up 21 percent to $307 million, according to a report on the business of basketball by Forbes.com.
The only other two teams that saw double-digit gains in value were the NBA champions Boston Celtics, who rose 14 percent to $447 million, and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who went up 12 percent to $300 million by moving from Seattle.
Blazers owner Paul Allen re-took control of the Rose Garden Arena last season after relinquishing it in 2004, adding to the franchise's value.