Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/5/14
The Portland Trail Blazers suffered three straight first-round playoff losses before their failure to qualify for the postseason in 2011-12 resulted in major changes for the franchise. The Los Angeles Lakers' famous newcomers, meanwhile, didn't produce a victory in their much-anticipated opener. The Trail Blazers begin their season at home Wednesday night against a Lakers team seeking to avoid a second straight 0-2 start. Portland went 28-38 last season after averaging 50.7 wins over its previous three seasons when it appeared to be a team on the rise. Coach Nate McMillan was dismissed during last year's campaign and the roster has been overhauled along with a new general manager in Neil Olshey and new coach in Terry Stotts. All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge, forward Nicolas Batum and guard Wesley Matthews are the mainstays with new blood brought in that includes first-round picks Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard. "Like everybody, I'm going to judge this team by the way it co...
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