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The Starters: Trail Blazers Under Most Pressure in the NBA This Season

The popular analysts rank Portland along with the Lakers and Wizards as the teams facing the hottest crucible this year.

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The Portland Trail Blazers enter their 2018-19 regular season schedule facing considerable pressure to succeed. That’s the conclusion of popular NBA Analysts “The Starters” who, in the video below, rank the Blazers tops in the league (alongside the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets) when it comes to hot seats. They cite Portland’s salary cap situation, their 10-game losing streak in the NBA playoffs, Head Coach Terry Stotts’ tenure, and their sweep at the hands of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans last season as supporting evidence.

Here’s the full video:

At Blazer’s Edge, we’ve cited the last several seasons as referendums on Portland’s progress. Do you agree with The Starters? Do you think this season will be particularly indicative, a “make or break” year, or is this all part of the evolution? Weigh in below.