Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/31/13
Top Blazers If you’re waiting for this year’s Portland Trail Blazers squad to give in and settle for a lottery pick, you’re looking in the wrong place. “Give up” is not a part of this team’s vocabulary. Portland started last week off with another loss to the lowly Washington Wizards, extending its losing streak to six games. Their last win had come against the Miami Heat, and as triumphant as it may have been at the time, it seemed like it occurred ages ago. Nicolas Batum earned his second career triple-double against the Clippers. (Photo: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian). With a home game against Indiana, as well as a back-to-back against the Lob City Clippers, the Blazers’ chances at breaking the losing slump seemed bleak; however, bleak it was not and Portland was able to get back to its winning ways with a 100-80 (Chalupas!) win over the Pacers. The marquee Saturday/Sunday matchups against the Clippers still loomed, but Portland was back to .500 after watching its record deteriorate over the
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