Last season, the Blazers tied with the Nuggets for the best record in the Northwest Division, 54-28. They then gave back all the hard work in the first game of the playoffs, getting rolled up at home by Utah. Once that game was over, they quickly showed they had what it took to win in the playoffs at home and competed in almost every road game but never broke through and ended their season early and in disappointing fashion. Yes, a team that most observers last preseason thought were still a season away from playoff contention found disappointment in exiting in the first round. They then went out and got significantly better in several ways. First, they upgraded at their weakest position, point guard. Gone is inconsistent, disgruntled Sergio Rodriguez. He's replaced by the durable and ...
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