POWER RANKINGS » Top 10 In Week 9

The Trail Blazers have played nearly half of their 2020-21 regular season schedule, with many of those games taking place with a significant number of starters sitting out due to injury. And after 30 games, Portland has shown themselves to be a team that can win on any given night verus any team if shots are falling, particuarlly those leaving the hand of Damian Lillard. In games versus lesser competition, they don’t even need to be at their best offensively to come away with a win — sometimes “Dame Time” is enough — though against the better teams, they have to be at almost their absolute best in order to stay competative.

Getting CJ McCollum back some time in the near future will certainly help, and the same can be said for when Jusuf Nurkic returns (hopefully) some time in the next few weeks, and at that point, they’ll need to start getting wins versus some of the teams near or above them in the Western Conference standings. They’ve done a remarkable job of staying afloat despite injuries, but at some point, just getting by likely won’t be enough.

Here’s how the Trail Blazers came out in the Week 9 Power Rankings…

• The panel of voters at ESPN has the Trail Blazers at No. 8 this week, one spot better than last week…

“Dame Time” doesn’t have an actual statistical definition, but clutch time does. In those moments –…

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