Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/26/13
We’ve talked about preseason expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers and we know they’re a hard working team. I think everyone has come to the conclusion that as long as they continue to work hard, they will meet expectations. They may win the majority of their games to end the season, but they could also miss the playoffs entirely. The fact remains that the end of the season schedule is going to be tough. Out of the remaining 26 games, 20 of them are against legitimate playoff contenders. That means a playoff-type atmosphere. No matter what the outcome is, it is my belief that as long as the Trail Blazers show up ready to play as hard as they can and leave it all on the floor, we can call it a successful year.  If you saw the last two games against the Lakers and the Celtics, you understand what I’m talking about. Those two games were both grind-it-out basketball games where the Blazers held a lead throughout. They haven’t had much success in LA or against Boston, even at home,
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