The Portland Trail Blazers suffered their second consecutive blowout loss last night after falling 126-109 to a James Harden-inspired Houston Rockets.
The defeat quickly followed the Blazers' 25-point thumping at home by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night and it led to their superstar point guard Damian Lillard providing a damning assessment of the team's recent performances.
"We kind of suck right now," he told reporters after the game. "It's that simple."
Despite the back-to-back losses, Portland is still above .500 with a 7-6 record, but the manner of their defeats has become a worry, particularly on the defensive end.
Through their first 13 games this season, the team has given up 111.3 points to their opponents, which ranks as the second worst in the league.
“We’re usually a pretty good offensive team, we’ve been bad on offence and bad on defence," said Lillard. "We’re trying hard but we’re not always making the smartest plays, sometimes letting the offensive end effect the defensive end. It’s not good enough. We’re not very good right now.”
The two-time All-Star - who is averaging 28.8 points per game - has a strong belief in the character and unity of the team, however, and expects them to use that to overcome their recent slump.
"We've just got to keep fighting. It's important for our team to stay together, and I think that's one of the biggest strengths of our team, is we stay together. If we try to stay positive, and we just keep working and keep fighting, I think at some point it'll click."