After a 5-12 start, the Portland Trail Blazers have stormed back to win 16 of 17 games heading into Wednesday's home meeting with the Golden State Warriors. The stunning surge, which, of course, has come without injured No. 1 pick Greg Oden, has boosted the NBA's youngest team into a first-place tie in the Northwest Division.
The Blazers' 21-13 record is tied for sixth best in the Western Conference, which is so packed with quality teams that the eight clubs currently in playoff position are separated by only 4½ games.
Portland has enjoyed a favorable, home-heavy schedule during its turnaround, but the surge also has included victories at Denver (14-5 at home) and Utah (12-3). Beginning Sunday, the Blazers face a seven-game road trip that includes stops in Boston and New Orleans.
The question is, Are the Blazers a playoff team? Or, put another way, Can a team whose top four scorers are all 23 or younger continue to defy the notion that young teams can't win in the NBA? Weigh in with your thoughts below.