14. Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 12 - 8
Last Week's Rank: 16
Last Week's Results: W vs. Sacramento 101-89, (Mon); W vs. Memphis 97-84, (Tue); L @ Golden State 93-101, (Wed); W vs. Phoenix 109-71, (Fri)
This Week: @ Utah, Monday (1/30); vs. Charlotte, Wednesday (2/1); @ Sacramento, Thursday (2/2); vs. Denver, Saturday (2/4)

There's no reason the Portland Trail Blazers should still be ranked this low at this time next week. They went 3-1 last week, and the schedule doesn't get any harder—another four-game week sees the Jazz, the Hornets, the Kings, and the Nuggets. One would expect .500 to be a worst-case scenario kind of thing. And if Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton can get their shooting percentages above 37 percent, that would help, too. —Russ Bengtson