Portland's defensive rating is 30th in the NBA over the last 7 games. So where are they getting hit on the defensive end?
A bad team that has earned its losses will very often be allowing the opponent to march to the rim but, during this skid, Portland has not been getting dunked on. They've allowed the 7th fewest number of points inside the restricted area at the 8th best percentage.
So where are they getting hit on defense? From the mid-range.
Sheldon also talks about Portland's offense in the paint. He explains that the areas in which the Blazers are suffering worst right now will return to the mean over the long haul, which means better performances and presumably more wins.