The Atlanta Hawks are not the only team to make headlines this week.
The Philadelphia 76ers are in the middle of a five-game losing streak.
And there are some who think that’s all it takes for the team to be eliminated.
It’s the latest chapter in the Sixers history, which includes a 2-10 record in 2017-18 and a franchise-worst 38.9 percent shooting percentage.
That includes three games in which they were below 40 percent and one where they were above.
The last time the 76ers were 0-7 was in 2015-16, and the last time they were 0 and 1 in their last two games was Feb. 26, 2018.
This time, they have to face a surging Portland Trail Blazers team that is 11-5 with a record of 6-1 since the All-Star break.
The Blazers are looking to snap their four-game skid with Wednesday’s 110-95 win at Portland.
The 76ers, who have won four straight and seven of their last eight, are in second place in the West with 47 points.
The Trail Blazers are 4-5 since the break and have lost five of seven overall.
This is the third time in four seasons that Portland has lost three straight.
Portland, which ranks second in the NBA in assists per game (15.6), second in steals per game and fourth in steals percentage (55.3), also has a team-high 12 players averaging at least 12 points and a team record of 11.8 rebounds per game.
The 10.2 rebounds per contest are the most by a Blazers player since 2009-10.
The Portland bench is averaging 13.5 points.
This is the second time in three games that Portland is 0-5 on the road.
The first time was Nov. 16, when the Blazers were blown out 104-87 by the Miami Heat.
The team has lost seven straight away from home.
The Trail Blazers, who are playing at the Pepsi Center, are 2-6 on the season.
They are 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Sixers are 7-4 on the trip, but have lost three of their past four.
They have a 4-2 record against the Trail Blazers and have won five straight.