No panic yet, but Blazers concerned

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Houston Rockets' Chase Budinger (10) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum (88) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Portland, Ore. The Rockets defeated the Trail Blazers 103-96.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — While there's no reason to panic after two straight losses at home, the Portland Trail Blazers are certainly concerned that some larger issues have crept into the Rose Garden.

Dropping a game in Portland was a rarity before this week. The Blazers were 11-1 at home, which went a long way toward boosting the team's overall standing in the Western Conference.

But then came a deflating overtime loss to Oklahoma City, made worse when officials acknowledged later that a key call was botched. On Wednesday night, the Blazers fell to the Rockets, dropping Portland to 14-12 overall.

Earlier in the season, that inconsistency was mostly apparent on the road. The Blazers are now 26 games into the lockout-shortened 66-game season.

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