16. Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 17 - 15
Last Week's Rank: 15
Last Week's Results: L vs. Washington 109-124, (Tue); W @ Golden State 93-91, (Wed); L vs. LA Clippers 71-74, (Thu); W vs. Atlanta 97-77, (Sat)
This Week: @ LA Lakers, Monday (2/20); vs. San Antonio, Tuesday (2/21)

So, about that Valentine's Day game against the Wizards. The Blazers actually lost — handily, in fact — which was tempered only slightly by a 20-point dismantling of the Atlanta Hawks at the end of the week. It didn't help that leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge left the Wizards game after just two minutes with an ankle injury — and it was no coincidence that the win over the Hawks was his first game back. They split the two games he missed, squeaking out a two-point win over the Warriors, and losing a 74-71 death march to the Clippers. With the Lakers and Spurs before the break, the Blazers can make a little run before they rest — or lose valuable ground. —Russ Bengtson