PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have lost lost five straight games and nine of the last 11 to fall to seventh in the Western Conference standings, just a half-game up on Memphis. The Grizzlies just beat the Blazers in back-to-back games. All-Star guard Damian Lillard is trying to hold the team together as the losses mount, but he has been nagged by his own aches and pains. With only 12 games left, time is short for Portland to make the playoffs.

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