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.