Happy trails

The NBA isn't full of surprises, so how do you explain what's going on in Portland?

Originally Published: December 26, 2013
By Jordan Brenner | ESPN The Magazine

AFTER A 33-49 campaign, with the top four players returning, the Blazers started 21-4 to lead the loaded West. Sure, there's some funky stuff happening, like Wesley Matthews hitting nearly half of his threes, but for every reason to doubt the team's legitimacy, more compelling arguments suggest that continued success wouldn't be a surprise -- it would be a virtual certainty.

Something in reserve GM Neil Olshey knew his bench was a problem last season; it was outscored ...

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