In a difficult season for the Portland Trail Blazers, their last loss was particularly disheartening.
Trying to stay in playoff contention, the Trail Blazers look to bounce back Wednesday night when they host the New Jersey Nets.
Portland hasn't won back-to-back games since late January, having alternated decisions in its last nine contests to put the club in a tough position heading into the final weeks of the season.
Needing to put together a string of victories soon, the Blazers (25-29) would have preferred to start Monday against Utah. They led 97-94 with two minutes to go, but a pair of Portland turnovers helped the Jazz finish on an 8-0 run and win 102-97.
The loss was especially frustrating for the Blazers considering Utah is one of the teams they're chasing. Portland is in 11th place in the Western Conference - four games behind eighth-place Houston.
"We're staying in the moment and taking it game by game," interim coach Kaleb Canales said. "This one will hurt until 12:...