Trail Blazers too hot now to be cool

Updated: December 2, 2013, 3:20 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- There's no need to X-ray the Portland Trail Blazers' 14-3 record to see the inner workings, because the Trail Blazers are perfectly willing to explain it all for you. This is a team that's more caught up in fixing its flaws than seeking accolades for early-season accomplishments. They realize they're doing plenty right, and are cognizant that in the long run it won't be enough. They know who they are, even if you don't.

"We're not a 'cool' team," Wesley Matthews said. "Some ...

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