After a promising start to their recently completed five-game road trip, Portland slipped up on the back end, losing three straight, including double-digit losses to the Rockets and Timberwolves. Nonetheless, the Blazers were pretty much par for the course in this week’s roundup of nation power rankings.
ESPN actually raised the Blazers a spot, from 12 to 11. Vincent Johnson noted the team’s abysmal record against team with a record above .500.
The Trail Blazers fell to the Timberwolves by 17 points on Sunday, dropping them to 8-14 against teams above .500 this season. That’s the worst record among all the above-.500 teams facing each other.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein placed Portland in the 13th spot of his NBA mid-season power rankings.
The sports world is clearly still focused on the Minnesota Vikings’ improbable victory over the New Orleans Saints, as evidenced by the accompanying video to SI’s Portland ranking: