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NBA Power Rankings: Where Are Blazers After Successful Road Trip?

Where do the Portland Trail Blazers rank in this week’s power rankings?

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NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers are 6-13 heading into this mini “break” as the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals take place.

Let’s take a look at how power rankings across the internet have the Blazers ranked:

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: No. 28 (previously No. 26)

The Blazers might not be that bad. They’re 2-2 on a five-game road trip that ends in San Francisco on Sunday, with the two wins having come in Indiana and Cleveland and with the two losses (on in Milwaukee) having come by a total of 11 points.

Zach Harper, The Athletic: No. 25 (previously No. 24)

Even though the Blazers are supposed to be bad this season, it feels a little tough to judge them so far. They’re just now getting whatever version of healthy they can possibly get, and they’ve played better lately because of that improving health and availability. Otherwise, their quarter breakdown makes sense. A young, incomplete rotation is getting destroyed at the start of games, and then they can’t quite do enough to get back into it.

Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports: No. 24 (previously No. 23)

The Blazers defense is suddenly looking quite impressive, allowing just 107 points per 100 possessions this week in a win over the Cavs and an overtime loss to the Jazz. The offense hasn’t been great, but the return of Malcolm Brogdon has helped, as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year averaged 18 points and seven assists in the two games on 50% 3-point shooting. Shaedon Sharpe put up 27 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 47% from behind the arc.