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Trail Blazers' First Month of the Season Features Tough Road Trip

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The Portland Trail Blazers open their 2012-13 season on Wednesday night at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.

It's a tough foe right off the bat for the Blazers, and things don't get much easier over the next week.

Portland hits the road right away after taking on L.A. at the Rose Garden for a three-game road trip with stops in Oklahoma City, Houston and Dallas.

Then, the new-look Blazers, with new coach Terry Stotts at the helm and a host of youngsters, return to the friendly confines of the Rose Garden to take on, in order, the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks.

It's an unforgiving first couple of weeks for the Blazers, who will see fairly quickly what they're made of and how well the newcomers have meshed with returners such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson.

Wednesday night's game tips off at 7:30 p.m. local time against a Lakers team that's coming off a loss to the Mavericks. Here's a look at the November schedule that follows that game:

Portland Trail Blazers Schedule

November 2012

(All times Pacific)

  • Friday, November 2: Portland at Oklahoma City Thunder, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 3: Portland at Houston Rockets, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, November 5: Portland at Dallas Mavericks, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 8: Los Angeles Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10: San Antonio Spurs at Portland, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12: Atlanta Hawks at Portland, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 13: Portland at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16: Houston Rockets at Portland, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18: Chicago Bulls at Portland, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 21: Portland at Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 23: Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25: Portland at Brooklyn Nets, noon
  • Monday, November 26: Portland at Detroit Pistons, 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28: Portland at Washington Wizards, 4 p.m.
  • Friday, November 30: Portland at Boston Celtics, 4:30 p.m.

Source:

Portland Trail Blazers 2012-13 schedule

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Adam Sparks has followed the Portland Trail Blazers since the early 1980s, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2009.

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