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Blazers look to address inconsistency

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28 2012 3:45 p.m. MST

Portland Trail Blazers' Gerald Wallace, left, and teammates LaMarcus Aldridge, center, and Jamal Crawford, right, laugh while sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game with the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers defeated the Spurs 137-97.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers have a newly minted All-Star, the return of a familiar face and a week's worth of rest. What they still need as the season resumes is consistency.

After eight days off because of the All-Star break, the Blazers get back to work on Wednesday night when they visit Denver.

Portland is 18-16 and in eighth place in the Western Conference, a game back of Memphis and a half-game up on the Nuggets, after a roller-coaster first half that was crazy even before it started because of the unexpected retirement of Brandon Roy.

After a 7-3 start raised hopes, Portland has gone 4-6 over the last 10 games, and coach Nate McMillan has twice made major lineup changes to address his uneven team.

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