Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Close but no cigar, a commonly used phrase for coming up short accurately describes the outcome of the Portland Trail Blazers in the last 10 games. Over the course of those 10 games, the outcome has been decided by 6 points or less and the last 6 games have not gone in the Blazers favor. For Blazer fans this stretch of games has been unnerving and deflating. At the halfway point of the season, are the Blazers at a crossroads? If so, where do they go from here? On a micro-level one might think a missed shot here, a made shot there and the Blazers are a few games over .500 and the playoff talk continues. Instead the Blazers are 1 game under .500 at 20-21. Playoff talk seems a bit like a dream. Conversely, on a macro-level, the Blazers and their fans have to be realistic in their expectations for this year’s team. Even if they are to sneak into the playoffs, they don’t have a team that is constructed to make it past the first round. The question to answer is what is the big p...
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