With a little over six weeks remaining in the regular season, the slumping Portland Trail Blazers know they need to pick up the pace.
A visit from the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves could help them do just that.
Portland tries to continue its recent domination of Minnesota as these Northwest Division rivals conclude their season series Saturday night.
While the 10th-place Trail Blazers (26-31) are hoping to climb into the Western Conference playoff picture, a 1-8 funk has instead set them back. Portland sits two games behind the ninth-place Los Angeles Lakers and a handful in back of the eighth and final postseason spot.
"I think we still have got a chance," said Damian Lillard, who leads all rookies with 18.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 3-pointers per game. "Until it says we can't catch any team for eighth, then that's when we'll be out. We can string wins together at any point. As long as there's a window open, we've got a chance."
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