Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/20/14
Two Tough Losses The Portland Trail Blazers had a short week because of NBA All-Star Weekend, and unfortunately, it was the first winless stretch of the 2013-14 season. In contests against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, Portland fell 98-95 and 122-117, respectively. Both games came down to the wire, but both showed that Portland has work to do if it’s going to be considered elite during the postseason. Going 0-2 is far from a good thing, but the nature of the losses show that the Blazers are right there when it comes to competing with the league’s best. With the trade deadline approaching, it will be interesting to see how general manager Neil Olshey conducts business, but for now, it’s clear that Rip City is on the cusp of challenging for a Western Conference title. Robin Lopez fought hard for his 17 points and 14 reboudns against OKC. (Photo: Don Ryan/AP) Feb. 11 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder The Trail Blazers entered this contest with the hopes of winning the sea...
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