PORTLAND, Ore. — The excessive of a four-1 street journey crashed shortly final week after the Blazers performed two of their worst video games of the season in losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans on the Moda Middle.
Portland’s offense, which hummed with effectivity for the primary three video games after Pat Connaughton was inserted into the beginning lineup, fell aside within the Blazers’ first two video games again at house, averaging simply one hundred.eight factors per one hundred possessions.
Portland’s fourth-ranked protection, which has been a mannequin of consistency all season, is slumping. Towards the Bucks and Pelicans, the Blazers allowed 111 factors per one hundred possessions, which might rank final within the NBA this season.
In truth, over the previous 5 video games, the Blazers are permitting 108.2 factors per one hundred possessions, virtually eight factors greater than their season common. Although Portland is three-2 prior to now 5 video games, they’ve allowed greater than one hundred factors in 4 of the 5 video games, together with one hundred twenty five towards the Nets and 123 towards the Pelicans, who have been enjoying with out main scorer Anthony Davis.
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The Blazers are again on the Moda Middle on Tuesday night time towards the Washington Wizards (12-eleven), who’re nonetheless with out star level guard John Wall. The Wizards are coming off a 116-sixty nine loss towards the Utah Jazz on Monday night time and have misplaced six of 9.
After Tuesday’s recreation, the Blazers are off till Saturday, when James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets (18-four) go to the Moda Middle. The Rockets have gained seven in a row and thirteen of 14.
This is a take a look at the place the Blazers stand within the newest batch of NBA energy…