The Portland Trail Blazers are 42-21 on the season after a 1-3 week that included a win over the Atlanta Hawks and losses to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.
Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week 19 of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 4 to No. 8. This week, Portland placed from No. 6 to No. 12, dropping in almost all of the various rankings.
Playoff forecasts are also included below.
No. 12 (Last week: 7): Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Losing at home to these Lakers is obviously troubling. Losing at home to these Lakers before tipping off a killer road trip with agonizing losses in Dallas and Houston made it sting worse for an out-of-rhythm LaMarcus Aldridge, who increasingly looks as though he'll have to settle for a No. 5 seed.
No. 8 (Last week: 7): Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Portland, losers of two straight games, continues its road trip at Memphis, San Antonio and New Orleans. Depending on how the trip goes, the Blazers could slip more.
No. 9 (Last week: 7): Matt Dollinger, SI.com
Despite the return of LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers have lost three of four to relinquish hold of home-court advantage in the first round. Portland faces a difficult week in its bid to make up ground, with road games against Memphis, San Antonio and New Orleans and a home game against Golden State.
No. 11 (Last week: 8): John Schuhmann, NBA.com
The Blazers' offense has been rather mediocre since LaMarcus Aldridge's return, because Aldridge hasn't shot well from mid-range and his teammates haven't shot well from beyond the arc. And after heartbreakers against the Lakers, Mavs and Rockets last week (in which they committed 10 clutch-time turnovers), they've lost six of their last eight games that were within five points in the last five minutes.
No. 8 (Last week: 4): David Aldridge, NBA.com
Blazers blowing a great chance to make up ground on struggling OKC.
No. 9 (Last week: 8): Matt Moore, CBSSports.com
Even after the Rockets loss, they've really impressed by improving on defense. The offense flips between bad habits and overall awesomeness. They're the talented creative writing student you hope sticks with it.
No. 12 (Last week: 7): Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk
The road losses to Dallas and Houston were tough last week, but you can explain those... that loss at home to the Lakers? Not a good sign. Tough road stretch this week at the Grizzlies and Spurs.
No. 10 (Last week: 7): Jason Patt, SB Nation
The Blazers lost three of four last week, with all three losses being of the heartbreaking variety. Portland lost at the last-second against the Lakers and blew late leads against both the Mavs and Rockets.
No. 8 (Last week: 7): USA Today Sports
Their rankings slide comes more from the other top teams playing well than their own faults.
No. 6 (Last week: No. 8): Hollinger Power Rankings
Hollinger Statistical Rankings...
- Offensive Efficiency: No. 4 (Last week: No. 3)
- Defensive Efficiency: Tied-No. 17 (Last week: Tied-No. 20)
- Rebound Rate: Tied-No. 4 (Last week: No. 5)
- Pace: Tied-No. 9 (Last week: No. 9)
- Projected record: 54-28, No. 5 seed (Last week: 55-27, No. 5)
- 99.9 percent chance to make the playoffs (Last week: 99.9 percent)
- 8.8 percent chance to make the Finals (Last week: 10.7 percent)
- 5.2 percent chance to win the title (Last week: 5.6 percent)
- Projected record: 54.1-27.9, No. 5 seed (Last week: 55.5-26.5, No. 3)
- 100 percent chance to make the playoffs (Last week: 100 percent)
- 9 percent chance to make the Finals (Last week: 12.1 percent)
- 4.2 percent chance to win the title (Last week: 6.5 percent)
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