5 Reasons the Portland Trail Blazers Are Better Than Expected

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5 Reasons the Portland Trail Blazers Are Better Than Expected
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Before the season began, could you name three national pundits who had the Portland Trail Blazers with a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers after two-and-a-half months?

The Blazers have been much better than expected during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Before the season began, fans were anything but optimistic about this team's chances.

The Blazers had just committed to giving the reins of the team over to a rookie point guard, they were still paying Brandon Roy to stay away and they had just re-signed J.J. Hickson to a one-year deal to man the middle, effectively giving them the smallest frontcourt in the league.

But the stars aligned and this team is riding its starting unit straight to a playoff berth.

Here are the five biggest reasons why the Blazers are better than expected.

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