The games that were intended to be barometers of where the Trail Blazers stand in the Western Conference seemed to do just that.

Portland began the week in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 1-6 record against the teams above it in the standings. After blowout losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz, they are now 1-8 against those teams.

Damian Lillard knows all about that. And he is not running away from it.

“When we play against the top-level teams, we don't play well,” Lillard said. “We get put away.

“At Phoenix, we got put away. Tonight, we got put away. At Denver, we got put away. Milwaukee at home, we got put away. Clippers, got put away. I mean, you know, it's not like a small sample size."