The Trailblazers just aren't good enough for these reasons: 1. Zach got hurt. He was the defensive anchor and there are some major holes without him. 2. Individual defense is AWFUL (nothing to be done there, except maybe effort at times). Team defense has been AWFUL (although I expect that to get a little better as time goes on). 3. They miss David Vanderpool. 4. The flow offense doesn't work with a group of bad passers. Dame is good in the pick and roll, and Mario seems ok at times, particularly in the open court but overall, this team is full of bad passers! 5. WAY too much 1 on 1 in the half court. 6. Terrible transition defense. 7. Spotty effort from everyone. 8. Dame time needs to stop! Is he trying to pad his 4th quarter stats for a MVP run? I hate all the individual awards discussions all season long. I get it, Dame is amazing, but find the open guy damnit. Team ball is the only way these guys have a shot this year. 9. The second unit needs a primary ball handler. Ant is a GREAT 2guard, but a point guard he is not... (yet) It looks like they're confused out there to who is going to initiate and run the offense. 10. Have I mentioned bad defense? I don't expect this team to do anything this year, HOWEVER I do see good things happening next season. Nurk and Collins will be back, We'll either trade Whiteside by the deadline to pickup a serviceable 4, or have cap space to maybe get an impact player. Fully healthy and a few tweaks in personnel (maybe bring in a defensive minded assistant coach!) this team will be a contender next season in my mind.