21. Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 21 - 24
Last Week's Rank: 20
Last Week's Results: L @ Indiana 75-92, (Tue); L @ New York 79-121, (Wed); W @ Chicago 100-91, (Fri); L @ Oklahoma City 111-95, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Milwaukee, Tuesday (3/20); vs. Memphis, Thursday (3/22); @ LA Lakers, Friday (3/23); vs. Golden State, Sunday (3/25)

Crushed by Indiana, destroyed by New York, and dismissed by Oklahoma City, the Portland Trail Blazers did muster up enough energy—between trading vets, waiving the 2007 No. 1 pick, and firing their coach—to beat the Bulls by nine in Chicago. Nope, we don't understand it, either. What we do understand is that the Blazers ship be sinkin', as they dismissed longtime coach Nate McMillan and traded center Marcus Camby to the Houston Rockets for iffy projects Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet. Although with Camby gone and Greg Oden finally released, Thabeet might get a chance. —Russ Bengtson