Monday, January 24, 2011

Injury-RIddled Blazers Have Nothing to Lose

The Trail Blazers have been hit with injuries this season and fans have dubbed them the "Frail Blazers."

Yet somehow they've won a season-high five games to improve to 25-20, also a season-high in games over .500.

"We've got nothing to lose," Wesley Matthews said after Portland overcame a 16-point deficit against Indiana on Saturday night.

In the last week, both Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby underwent knee surgeries.

"Every time you suit up and you hear a key guy's not playing, it's like, 'Man, what are we going to do now?' " LaMarcus Aldridge asked.

Last season, Portland players missed a combined 311 regular-season games because of injury, second only to the Warriors and most among playoff teams.

"I think a lot of people were counting them out and not talking much about them," Roy said. "(But) they're doing a great job of just sticking together and going out there and putting together wins."

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