About the Blazers: Portland has opened an important five-game trip in demoralizing fashion, losing back-to-back games to the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks. ... The Blazers have struggled on the road most of the season — accumulating a 9-25 record — but they've been especially bad in the second half of the season. Since Jan. 5, the Blazers are 2-14 away from the Rose Garden...
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