Portland Trail Blazers Can't Complain About Will Barton's Play

By John Raffel
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The only good news for the Portland Trail Blazers during their present 10-game losing streak has been the play of Will Barton. But not even that aspect of the Blazers’ attack has always been totally good news.

The stunning late-season slide for the Blazers continued with a 106-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night. It wasn’t too long ago that speculation center on whether or not Portland could make the playoffs. Now, it’s if they can win any of their three remaining games.

They’re presently on a 10-game NBA losing streak and their seven-game losing streak at home is a franchise high.

While some of the Portland stars have been hampered or sidelined by injury in recent games, Barton has come through with two starts and some excellent production. He caught everyone’s eye last week with a 22-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks. He was 4-of-12 for nine points Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. But he picked up his scoring against the Thunder, hitting 8-of-19 from the floor and 2-of-2 in free throws for 18 points. He gave his team a chance while everyone else struggled.

The negatives for Barton, in 38 minutes of play, was missing all three of his 3-point attempts and also missing 11 over field goal tries. He turned the ball over three times on his dribble while trying to take a move to the basket.

But the way they’ve been playing lately as a group, the Trail Blazers can’t complain about Barton’s showing. He’s giving them a little bit of hope for the future.

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