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Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Reasons to Tank the Remainder of the Season
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The Portland Trail Blazers are in rebuilding mode, and while the team is just 4.5 games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference, having only eight games to make up the distance doesn't bode well for a team that has struggled throughout the 2011-12 NBA season.

The idea of tanking in sports is a sensitive subject. Nobody wants to admit that it's happening, but at the same time it can sometimes be in the best interest of a franchise that is unable to compete at a high level.

While the Blazers appear to be fighting for a spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs, Monday night's loss to the Houston Rockets might be a sign that it's not going to happen this year, and that building for a better tomorrow might be the angle to go for the rest of the current season.

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