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The schedule makers did the Portland Trail Blazers no favors heading into the last stretch of the 2012-13 season. With a 31-36 record, Portland is clinging to faint playoff hopes. Over the course of the next 28 days, they play 15 games. But the next four games will probably decide Portland’s playoff fate. Every team on the schedule during this stretch is playoff bound and fighting for a desirable post season seed.
Tuesday evening the Blazers once again refused to quit. After getting behind by 27 to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Blazers battled back to come within seven points of a comeback victory. You have to wonder if all the close games that more often than not end in defeat are having an effect on the psyche of the team.
This upcoming stretch of games is a run through the gauntlet for Portland. Monday, the Blazers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 101-100 after LaMarcus Aldridge missed a short jumper at the buzzer. There was no time to lick their wounds, as they had to board ...
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