Portland Trailblazers


Another good performance, another close loss.

This is becoming the silver lining of choice for the Boston Celtics who once again did a lot of good things, but not enough to win.


The Portland Trail Blazers are scoring 109.1 points a game this season, more than a dozen points more than they averaged last season.

Better ball movement.


BOSTON — Jared Sullinger may not be the Boston Celtics' best player.

But they have had two chances this season to see what life without him looks like.


PORTLAND, Ore. — This season has been one in which the Celtics have had to evolve on the fly, making do of late with a series of patchwork lineups.