The Portland Trail Blazers are a young, rebuilding team not counting on many wins this season. But even by that low standard, the first three games of 2024 made for a disheartening stretch of basketball in Rip City.
The Trail Blazers faded against the Phoenix Suns on Monday for a 109-88 loss; got rocked 126-97 by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday; and were absolutely demoralized against a Luka-less Mavs team on Friday, losing 139-103.
Then just as it seemed the sky was falling, the Trail Blazers saved their dignity this afternoon with a hard-earned 134-127 overtime victory against the struggling Brooklyn Nets.
In the immediate aftermath of the OT win, it’s almost hard to remember how bleak things felt just two days ago. Portland dropped three consecutive, practically unwatchable games by 20 points or more in a season that has mostly avoided noncompetitive beatdowns. That stretch represented the deepest valley so far in a 10-25 season, although the team got out of the mud a little with the win today.
With all those results taken into account, for today’s discussion question, we want to know if this struggle-filled week changed your opinion of the developing Trail Blazers.
Did this week shock you? Did it signify the symptoms of much larger problems, even for a rebuilding team? Or did you view this week simply as par for the course for a team that is destined to take its lumps during a long developmental process? In other words, are you not being too reactionary to the difficult stretch?
Furthermore, did the week change or cement any thoughts you had on roster construction with the NBA Trade Deadline approaching?
What do you think, Blazer’s Edge readers? Let us know in the comments below!