The Portland Trail Blazers are 6-16 as they cross the quarter-mark of the season.
Let’s take a look at how power rankings across the internet have the Blazers ranked:
John Schuhmann, NBA.com: No. 25 (previously No. 26)
Anfernee Simons made his return last week, having not played since tearing a ligament in his right thumb on opening night. But the Blazers were without Jerami Grant and Deandre Ayton for both of their games, also losing Malcolm Brogdon for the last game and a half. So those four guys have played a total of 3.1 minutes together through the team’s first 21 games.
Zach Harper, The Athletic: No. 26 (previously No. 25)
Tough week for the Blazers against better competition, but I do like the way the team has played lately. Portland just got Anfernee Simons back and has been dealing with players in and out of the lineup. While Chauncey Billups doesn’t get a ton of credit for his coaching, he has this team playing defense well above what was expected. The Blazers just can’t score to save their lives.
Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports: No. 26 (previously No. 24)
The Blazers lost all three games this week, but that doesn’t tell the whole story as they battled valiantly without key players like Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton and Malcolm Brogdon. Luckily for Portland, Anfernee Simons is back in the lineup, and he hasn’t missed a beat. The explosive guard averaged 32 points this week on 44% 3-point shooting. Shaedon Sharpe wasn’t bad himself, putting up 26 points, six rebounds and five assists on 46% shooting from behind the arc.