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Blazers Power Rankings: Where’s Portland After Loss vs. Wizards?

The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-8 in December. Where does that put them in the latest power rankings?

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The Portland Trail Blazers are falling in the NBA standings after losing 118-117 to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The loss marked the Blazers’ eighth in their last nine games and the team is starting to fall into the expectations that were placed upon them during the preseason.

Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey updated his power rankings after Thursday’s results and placed the Blazers at No. 28, one spot lower than the previous edition.

Scoot Henderson has been genuinely terrible this season, but there’s still plenty of time to turn things around.

Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant still being on the roster is part of why the Portland Trail Blazers aren’t quite in the bottom three and on track for a 14 percent chance at the top pick 2024.

Anfernee Simons has only played in nine games, but he’s looked like a borderline star when available. After scoring 41 in Thursday’s loss to the Washington Wizards, Simons is now averaging 27.1.

And that’s what this season for the Blazers and other rebuilding teams is all about. There’s plenty of gripe-worthy material, but you have to look for the signs of hope alongside it.

Only the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons ranked lower than the Blazers, signifying that there isn’t a lot of hope perceived on the outside. However, the season is still young and the Blazers can really only go up from here.

The Blazers are back in action tomorrow night against the Golden State Warriors. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT.