Weekend Plan: Specially Designed For Families And The Busy Nine-To-Fiver
By sarahhecht Posted in: Blazers, Bucks, Pelicans, Jazz, Kings, Mavericks, Pistons, Rockets, Sixers, Spurs, Suns, Warriors
Built for the family-oriented fan with a busy work-week, the 12-game Weekend Pack
maximizes the thrill-factor while keeping the competitions to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A smattering of Western Conference rivals and Eastern Conference visitors during one-offs and key home stands, you can get your hands on this schedule-friendly pack for as low as $11/game and $52/game in the lower bowl.
Golden State Warriors (Preseason)—Friday, October 19th
The Weekend Pack tips-off at the second of a three-game preseason home spell—don’t let the word “preseason” sway you, this will be a packed and exciting night as many Portland fans will see the reloaded Trail Blazers led by LaMarcus Aldridge and rookie Damian Lillard for the first time. This tune-up series is sure to be entertaining as the young Trail Blazers are sure to be up and down as they work into regular season form. Their challengers include Steph Curry, former Trail Blazer Jarrett Jack, Andrew Bogut (if he’s healed up) and David Lee who always gives Portland trouble in the middle. Toss new addition Harrison Barnes—some fans think he should’ve been the Trail Blazers sixth pick—and NW native Klay Thompson into the mix and this will be a great game from the front court to the back.
San Antonio Spurs—Saturday, November 10th
This isn’t your usual Saturday night, it’s the sixth game of an incredibly difficult seven-game tilt to start the regular season—the visiting Spurs always put up a fight in the Rose Garden. Sure, you can say they’re aging, but every year Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili prove us wrong and make a strong playoff run. And if you’re a fan of the effervescent towel- waver Patty Mills, this may be your chance to see him again. And who can forget this moment of glory? Yeah, I could go for that again.
Houston Rockets—Friday, November 16th
You were in the Rose Garden one week ago for the Spurs and now you’re back for a second dose of the Texas trio. After being upended to enter the race for Dwight Howard the Jeremy Lin led Rockets have a host of new faces. But even with that said, you can bet this young team—three draft picks including Portland’s own Terrence Jones—will be gunning for to prove they’re post-season caliber. But the big question on this night is will we be seeing Dwight Howard? (Ed. Note: Dwight Howard dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers after this was piece was written)
Sacramento Kings—Saturday. December 8th
This game will be a tough one. It’s the first game home after seven-game roadie and the comfort of home has a tendency to turn into a trap. But the visiting Kings are also the first to hit the Rose Garden in a six-game home stand and depending on the outcome of the road trip Portland could be ready for a route. Regardless of the outcome of this one The Jimmer, former Trail Blazer Travis Outlaw, DeMarcus Cousins and fifth pick Thomas Robinson are sure to push this one up the entertainment scale with pace and an inside battle. All the fixins for a sweet Saturday night. Make sure you’re there live to welcome the fellas home from the long trip and beat the trap-game challenge.
New Orleans Hornets—Sunday, December 16th
Anthony Davis. The unanimous first pick in the draft will make his only trip to Portland in the Weekend Pack's
stretch of three games in 15 days. Halfway through the longest home stretch on the schedule, it’s time to put together the judges panel and decide if Damian Lillard can stack up to his guaranteed competition for Rookie of the Year. The Hornets were the worst team in the West last season but spent the offseason acquiring not only Davis, but also drafting Austin Rivers and retaining Eric Gordon. Pay close attention to this one so you’re ready ready to cast your ballot!
Phoenix Suns—Saturday, December 22nd
You saw the beginning (Kings,) you cheered at the middle (Hornets) and now you’re closing out the six-game home stand in Rip City. The Nashless Suns (how weird is that?) are looking to take a fourth consecutive season series from Portland. I don’t know about you but I’m still reeling from the early-season blowout last year and wouldn’t be surprised if Wesley Mathews and LaMarcus Aldridge are feeling the same. Offseason Portlander Channing Frye joins a cast including Sebastian Telfair, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat and Goran Dragic in an attempt to keep the Phoenix streak alive. It’ll be a battle, but if you ask me, this is one for the win column.
Philadelphia 76ers—Saturday, December 29th
The raucous Rose Garden crowd will be music to the ears of the Trail Blazers as they channel the electric energy of Rip City on what’s sure to be a tough second night of a back-to-back after dueling the Lakers in Los Angeles the previous night. This quick stop at home to take on National Team member Andre Iguodala and company will be the last taste of the Rose City in 2012 as they head into the throes of the road for four games before returning in the new year.(Ed. Note: After being apart of the four-team trade, you won't be seeing Andre Iguodala in this matchup but you will see Andrew Bynum. I'd call that a more than fair trade-off!)
Milwaukee Bucks—Saturday, January 19th
Four days after my birthday—feel free to bring gifts—is another Saturday night showdown in the Rose Garden.In the dead of winter why would you be anywhere else than drink brews and watching hoops with your pals? Sandwiched in a four-game stretch of Eastern Conference visitors, Monta Ellis and the Bucks will give it a go at disrupting the home momentum of the Trail Blazers. When you walk through the turnstiles for this game be sure to grab a copy of Rip City Magazine, with tongue-twisting names like Ersan Ilyasova, Ekpe Udoh and Luc Mbah A Moute on the Milwaukee roster, you’re going to need it.
Utah Jazz—Saturday, February 2nd
Times change, but the underlying need to crush the Jazz when they come to town doesn’t. This second night of a back-to-back, both against the Jazz, will be an interesting test of how quickly the young Trail Blazers can learn and adjust when playing the same team in consecutive challenges—a taste of how it would be in a playoff series.
Minnesota Timberwolves—Saturday, March 2nd
The last of four clashes with the Wolves comes down to this night and could very well end up being an important game in the division battle. Concluding a tough four-game stretch, Brandon Roy, Kevin Love and the rest of the Portland-connected Wolves will fight tooth and nail—wolf pun intended—to steal a season series in quickly budding rivalry. And even though it’s the end of the series, the offseason threat of losing Nicolas Batum will still play a part in making this one an all-out battle.
Detroit Pistons—Saturday, March 16th
The final Saturday night clash in the Weekend Pack is also the last game in the Rose Garden before LaMarcus and company hit the road for another long trip. The Pistons may not be the biggest rivals for the Trail Blazers nowadays, but if you were around these parts in 1990 when Detroit beat Portland in the NBA Finals then this grudge-match matters no matter the year.
Dallas Mavericks—Sunday, April 7th
Smack in the middle of last home stretch the Mavs make their final visit to the Rose City. After a Championship two seasons ago that took a road through Portland, the Mavs are in reworking mode. But don’t think that means the final challenge of the Weekend Pack will be easy. Any team with Dirk Nowitski never is. Add to his cast the unpredictable Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Darren Collison and Oregon State Beaver Jared Cunningham and this wrap-up to the Weekend Pack is perfectly selected.
Be sure to get your hands on the Weekend Pack
quickly—aimed at families and fans on a time budget it’ll fly off the shelf to the nine to fivers. Looking for more than just a weekend jaunt? Check out the Rivals Plan
, Value Plan
or Big Games Plan
, they may be right up your alley.