POWER RANKINGS » A Rough Go In Week 10

A rough week for your Portland Trail Blazers. Losing to the Wizards in their lone home game over the course of a two-week span got a tough stretch off to a bad start, and things got worse with the team heading back out onto the road for games versus the Suns, Nuggets and Lakers, none of which when the Trail Blazers’ way. You knew that the Trail Blazers’ six-game win streak was helped by the level of competition they faced, but you would have hoped they could have followed that streak up with at least one win versus three Western Conference teams that they’ll be jockeying for position with come the end of the season. 

That ultimately would not be the case, though they managed to get a three-game homestand leading into the All-Star break off to a better start with a win versus the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. And then it’s an all-home back-to-back versus the Warriors and Kings before a week off, so it feels like a chance to build a little momentum before the start of the second half of the season — which could also coincide with the return of CJ McCollum to the lineup. Following up a week of losses with three-straight wins going into a Blazers-filled All-Star Sunday would certainly put this team on a good footing on the precipice of what is sure to be a tough two and a half months of…

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