Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/26/14
Back on Track The Portland Trail Blazers entered the NBA All-Star Weekend having lost six of the last nine contests, but they bounced back nicely with two wins in three games this past week. If the Blazers are going to contend in the playoffs, they have to get back to the way they were playing to start the year. An 11-game winning streak is too much to ask for, but consistent production and incredible efforts are not. In Week 17, Portland saw both of those things come to fruition. Defense is still a concern, as it has been all year, but the team fought hard in every game, boasting a 2-1 record with its only loss coming against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs. Nicolas Batum didn’t show up against San Antonio. (Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports) Feb. 19 vs. San Antonio The Trail Blazers have had an incredible amount of offensive success against San Antonio this season, and that remained true in the first game back from All-Star Weekend. On the nigh...
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