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Life has never been so good for the Trail Blazers this season as it is right now.

Rasheed Wallace is playing his best basketball of the season. Derek Anderson is healthy and contributing in every facet of the game. Damon Stoudamire is deftly alternating between scoring and passing. Zach Randolph continues to do what he does best, putting up double doubles with regularity. And the real eye-opener: The Blazers are playing defense.

It has added up to seven wins in eight games, an impressive run that was extended Sunday with a solid 95-85 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at the Rose Garden that allowed the Blazers to leap-frog their Northwest rival into a ninth-place tie in the Western Conference.

"We're playing very good basketball," coach Maurice Cheeks said.

So good, in fact, that the Blazers are officially within striking distance of the playoffs as the All-Star Break approaches this weekend. With home games against Utah and Denver this week, the Blazers (24-25) are tied with the Jazz for ninth and within 31/2 games of the Nuggets.

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Now if Portland can use the All Star break to rest up and make that final push for the playoffs! I think that Portland makes the playoffs, but the question is how high of a seed will they get?

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The defensive improvement is a direct result of Wallace, who followed a four-block performance Friday at Utah with three blocks against the Sonics (24-26). The layups and dunks that used to haunt the Blazers are being turned into blocks or altered shots by Wallace, who has become the last line of defense that before rarely existed.
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I'm shocked, is this really written by Quick?
Anyway, hopefully they can show some consistancy and finally beat the Nuggets on Thursday:)
 
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