Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/13/13
Unfortunate Streak It’s hard to imagine at this point, but there was a time that the Portland Trail Blazers were above the .500 mark, riding high, and looking like playoff contenders. Now they are five games under .500 (29-34), third in the Northwest, and four games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 19 games to go. And while Portland could regroup and make a run for the playoffs, the recent play of the Lakers as well as a somewhat young and unconditioned Blazer team has many fans thinking that they may have to wait another reach to reach the playoffs once again. For some people who have not kept up with the Blazers as of late, their current standing may surprise some. At one point (as mentioned previously), Portland was one of the hottest teams in the league. With LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way and Damian Lillard contending for a Rookie of the Year award (of which he still is), the Blazers were flying high and ready to make
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