Nothing is official, but make no mistake about it. The Trail Blazers are playing out the string now on a season that has run its course. Wednesday night’s 94-76 loss to Memphis to open a five-game homestand was the sixth in a row for Portland (33-42), which has no gimmes remaining and might lose the seven remaining games on its schedule. Six of the opponents are playoff teams, and the seventh — Dallas — is 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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