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.