14. Portland Trail Blazers

2010-11 Record: 48-34 (Lost in Western Conference First Round to Dallas, 4-2)
Key Returning Players: LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton
Key Additions: Jamal Crawford, Nolan Smith (R)
Key Losses: Brandon Roy
This Week: vs. Philadelphia, Monday (12/26); vs. Sacramento, Tuesday (12/27); vs. Denver, Thursday (12/29)

The Trail Blazers must be cursed — that's all there is to it. Bad enough that perma-injured center Greg Oden may very well miss another full season, but All-Star guard Brandon Roy was forced into retirement at 27 due to a degenerative knee condition. They quickly signed Jamal Crawford as a replacement — which will help — but the loss of B. Roy, however anticipated, still comes as a huge blow to the team and fanbase alike. —Russ Bengtson