It is looking like the Portland Trail Blazers will experience a third straight disappointing season following their trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2018-19.
Even though they were swept by the Golden State Warriors that year, Portland had hope.
Their star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were entering their prime.
Jusuf Nurkic was a dominant two-way force.
And they appeared set to contend in the West for the foreseeable future.
Instead, they fell back down to Earth the following season, going 35-39 before bowing out in the first round.
Another first-round exit awaited the following season, which now brings us to the current year.
As it stands right now, the Trail Blazers are 18-26 – 10th in the Western Conference.
McCollum missed significant time due to a collapsed lung.
And they are shutting down Lillard indefinitely as he recovers from abdominal surgery.