16. Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 9 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 14
Last Week's Results: W @ New Orleans 84-77, (Mon); L @ Atlanta 89-92, (Wed); W @ Toronto 94-84, (Fri); L @ Detroit 91-94, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Sacramento, Monday (1/23); vs. Memphis, Tuesday (1/24); @ Golden State, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Phoenix, Friday (1/27)

The Blazers are, for lack of a better term, a bit bipolar. That said, they're still on the proper side of .500 as they get used to a whole mess of new pieces. And whilst their four-game week just resulted in .500 ball, they beat two of the teams they were supposed to (New Orleans and Toronto), lost a close one to the Hawks and... OK, so there's no excuse for losing to the Pistons. Hey, did we mention they're 9-7? —Russ Bengtson