It appears as though the Portland Trail Blazers are treading their way towards their third straight appearance in the NBA Playoffs.
They're in the midst of a roller-coaster ride, winning games no one thought they could in Orlando and Miami but losing unsightly games in Charlotte and Atlanta that were very much in their grasp. The Blazers finished their East Coast road trip at 2-2.
Obviously, such inconsistency must be resolved if the Blazers are going to be serious title contenders this spring, but that goes for all teams, including those thought to have the best chance of taking home the title.
When the Blazers play their best basketball, these five questions are but an afterthought since, more likely than not, they’re executing the desired game plan.
But when the Blazers lose games these questions come up again and again, especially when they’re beaten by teams whose customary place in the standings they're seeking to seize.