Why You Can and Can't Believe in Portland Trail Blazers as Contenders

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Why You Can and Can't Believe in Portland Trail Blazers as Contenders
Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Believe in the Portland Trail Blazers.

Trust that they're better than we thought. That the team tied for the Western Conference's second-best record is better than we thought.

But don't let newfound faith become ignorance.

Portland remains new to the spotlight. Despite winning an inordinate number of games early on, the Blazers are still unexpected darlings, relatively young and inexperienced.

After 25 wins through 32 games, that could be true. The Blazers could be better than anticipated but on course to become overrated. Or they could be just as spectacular as their record suggests, budding contenders in a conference headlined by repeat powerhouses.

We cannot really be sure who the Blazers are at this time, because while they've given us enough reasons to believe, they've posed enough questions for us to doubt.

 

*All stats used courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise attributed.

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