Originally written December 10, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Twenty games into the 2012-13 season, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves 8-12 with a fan base that is starting to head for the exits. Prior to their recent east coast road trip, the Blazers were hovering around the .500 mark.  When the Blazers returned to the Rose City after 7 road games in 10 days in which they lost 5 of them and won 2 in overtime, Blazer fans’ optimism began to wane. Then Saturday, they lost to the Sacramento Kings at home by 19. To add insult to injury, two of their top four scorers, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum, went down with injuries. Blazer fans were not expecting the team to be very good this season. The fan base is however devoted, and it is painful to watch their beloved team struggle. After a quarter of the season, it has become obvious that the Blazers simply do not have the depth or the overall talent to win consistently. Their starting five is talented and in most games has been competitive. The bench, however, has had minimal succes...
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