It has been a very tough season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings, their first 7 games have all come against playoff contending teams. Those 7 opponents had a combined record of 31-20. The Blazers were 2-5 at that point and only Charlotte, Cleveland, and Toronto had allowed more points per game.
One thing that I remember hearing GM Neil Olshey say after he was hired was, “We want to build sustainable success.” Well, how can you sustain success when all your success is relied so much upon your starting five?
Here are some things that need to change for this team to build “sustainable success”: The Blazers need to start getting better production off their bench, they need to play better defensively, and they have to figure out how to win these close games.
Let’s start with the bench. The lack of production from the bench is what’s killing this team. The Blazers starters are averaging the most points per game. In return, their be...