Moe Harkless: ‘If the camera was off, I’d tell you’ why team is losing
If the Portland Trail Blazers were to push the panic button at one point of the season, this would be the right time to do so. After getting off to a a 7-4 start to the season, the Blazers have traded wins and losses, struggling to find consistency within their pace of play.
Portland’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night makes it a 4-11 stretch in December that’s taken them from a middle-of-the-pack playoff team to a tie with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 10th spot in the Western Conference with a 14-21 overall record.
Yes, the same Pelicans team that started the season 0-8 and had a multitude of injuries throughout the first 25 games of the season. That’s how badly the team has struggled, especially with 11 losses in their last 13 games.
For most, it’s baffling to think that a team that sports a very similar roster is fighting to get to the place they were in last season. When asked this very question, forward Moe Harkless struggled to make sense of it all.
“I can’t put my finger on it, I don’t know,” Harkless told CSNNW’s Jason Quick.
“If the camera was off, I’d tell you,” added Harkless.
“Well, it’s off, tell me,” said Quick.
“No, not right now,” said Harkless.
The Blazers’ small forward later explained through Twitter he was saying it in jest more than anything.
Regardless, the problem remains the same, a team that was aided by solid performances by Al-Farouq Aminu last season, has had him sidelined for the majority of the season and struggling to find his range, making him no longer a starting asset to head coach Terry Stotts, despite retaining his starting spot within the rotation.
Portland has some soul-searching to do and they better do it quick as they can find themselves at the bottom of the pit if they can’t pick it up before the All-Star break.