Originally written December 10, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Every student dreads the word test. Some people thrive under pressure, some people shrink. But in school when all is said and done, if you fail the test, you fail the class. Test time is here for the Portland Trail Blazers. Expectations were extremely tempered when it came to the 7 game road trip this team came home from. After winning two overtime games against subpar teams, the trip was seen as a tough growing experience for this young team. The thing no one knew then was that things would get even worse when they got home. On the first game of the 6 game home stand, the Blazers got beat up by the Sacramento Kings. Not only did the Blazers lose the game but they lost two starters for the next game or two. Nicolas Batum came into the game with a sore lower back and after taking a couple big hits during the game, he said that it is one the worse pains he has ever felt. He is now seen as doubtful for the Monday game against the Toronto Raptors. Another tough los...
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