The Trail Blazers are in the midst of the four-game losing streak that has dropped them to the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference.
It's the Blazers' third four-game losing streak of the season, but feels nothing like the previous two, both of which came in November.
"You never feel good about losing four in a row, but we're definitely playing better basketball than when the season started," forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. "When we were losing earlier in the season, it was a lot worse to us."
Unlike the two November streak – which featured four games in which the Blazers lost by double-digit margins – the current streak has come with four losses that could have gone the other way with one play, with margins of six, four, four and five points.
After their 93-88 defeat to Cleveland on Wednesday, the Blazers (20-19) took Thursday off, then returned to practice Friday to prepare for their Saturday home game against Milwaukee (19-18).
"We had a few days away from playing games, time to watch film and get on the floor and fix things," point guard Damian Lillard said. "I think everybody wants to end the streak. We're on edge about wanting to win a game, so we're going come out tomorrow prepared."
One area Portland will look to shore up is the start of games, which have not gone well recently. The problems started against Miami, when the Blazers shot 28 percent from the field in the first quarter and fell behind 21-18, although Portland rallied to win 92-90.
Blazers look to shore up poor starts as they try to end their four-game losing streak
Oregonian | Jan 19