Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/18/13
Blazers are a Better Team ESPN recently projected the Portland Trail Blazers as the No. 10 team in the West in their summer forecast. They believe Portland will finish with a 38-44 record, which is just five more wins than a year ago. They also listed division rival Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 8 seed with a 40-42 record. The Blazers lost a nightmare on the defensive end in J.J. Hickson and a few bench players that didn’t contribute. They added Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright, Mo Williams and rookies C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Yeah, that much added depth is only worth a five-game improvement. That makes sense. This is a team that sat just a few games out of the playoffs before ending the season on a 13-game losing streak. A lack of depth caused their starters to break down and sit out numerous games down the stretch. Some say they were tanking — those said people are right. They ended up getting a No. 10 pick instead of possibly losing their pick entirely (the ...
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