Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com expresses some concerns with the effort level during the Portland Trail Blazers' 12-game losing streak.
Honestly, I'm not sure if the Portland players even realize how bad they've been looking. And it's looking real bad when players don't give full effort. Don't get me wrong, I don't think anybody has very high expectations for this team when it uses rookies extensively. It is what it is. But that's no excuse for not putting forth full effort -- especially if you're a young player looking for a long-term job in the NBA.
I'm sure to these players it feels as if the games don't mean anything. But they do mean something. Players are being judged every minute they're on the court -- by their own team and others. And the games certainly have meaning to the people who have paid good money to watch them, too.
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