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| January 29, 2014

Trail Blazers hit a slumpHere's the Oregonian reporting on the Portland Trail Blazers, who have hit a slump recently:

During their six-game slump, the Blazers are shooting a pedestrian 42 percent from the field and a surprising 27 percent from three-point range. The team that used to rank No. 1 in the NBA in three-point shooting and near the top of several other statistical categories has hit the skids. Two of the Blazers' three-worst losses have come in the last two games — they lost by 15 points to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday — and they’ve been held below 100 points three times in the last five games.

The cause for the slump remains elusive for the Blazers.

Multiple players said shots simply aren’t falling. Damian Lillard, who is colder than anyone, said the “flow of the game” is not coming as easily as it once did. LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis, said the Blazers’ rhythm is off. And then there was coach Terry Stotts, who offered perhaps the most revealing explanation when he said the Blazers’ ball movement — perhaps their greatest strength — has been lacking.

As the shots have stopped falling and the losses have started piling up, players have individually tried to rescue their teammates rather than press ahead as one unified group.







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