Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/12/14
8 a.m. ET: In all likelihood, no team wants to get back on the court more than the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers became the first team to fall to the Washington Wizards this season when they dropped an 84-82 decision to Nene and company on Wednesday. Once a regular playoff participant, the Blazers have missed out on the postseason the last two years and are off to a disappointing start thus far with a 6-9 record. Even Damian Lillard, the rookie point guard who is the early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award, has faltered lately. The Weber State product has shot 16-for-41 from the field in his last three games, all Portland losses. Meanwhile, Portland’s steady power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been up and down all season. He is shooting a career-low 43.9 percent from the floor and has committed 16 fouls in his last three games. He missed a game earlier this week with a sore back. With all that going on, the Blazers should be ripe for the Celtics’ picking. Boston has its own issues, though, with point guard Rajon Rondo serving the first game of a two-game ban for instigating an altercation with Kris Humphries on Wednesday. Join us for updates and analysis from the TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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