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Schuhmann: Blazers Could Have NBA's Worst Defense Next Year

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John Schuhmann of NBA.com has his 2012-13 Northwest Division preview, including a look at the Portland Trail Blazers' defensive struggles towards the end of last season. ------------------------------ Like the Timberwolves, the Blazers fell off defensively late in the season. In fact, in March and April, Portland was the worst defensive team in the league. That's quite an accomplishment, considering how awful the Bobcats and Nets were defensively all season. Though the slide began before he was traded, the departure of Gerald Wallace really hurt the Blazers defensively. Before the deadline deal, they allowed just 97.1 points per 100 possessions with Wallace on the floor and 108.3 with him on the bench. Nicolas Batum may be the younger small forward, but he's not the defender that Wallace is. ... Portland is rebuilding, of course. And they'll likely have four rookies in their rotation (though two are European vets). That typically doesn't bode well for team defense, so don't be shocked if the Blazers are the league's worst defensive team for the whole season this time. ------------------------------ ed: text edited, bumped to front page
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