Maybe it's the jerseys?
Dressed in their new "declaration" red uniforms for the third consecutive game, the Portland Trail Blazers lost their third straight game, dropping 106-92 to Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at the Moda Center.
If it was not the uniforms, it was Portland's careless and disarticized offense and its inability to stop Washington guard Bradley Beal.
Portland lost up to 23 points in the second half and was never really threatened despite shooting as close as nine times in the fourth quarter. It was the third consecutive game that Portland has followed at least 18 at home after falling behind behind big losses to Milwaukee and New Orleans.
To make things worse for the Blazers, Moe Harkless was injured in the first half and did not play in the last two quarters and Jusuf Nurkic hurt his right ankle and limped to the locker room with 6:28 remaining.
Beal set a record for most points for the opponent Blazers, finishing with 51
Beal, who made 21 of 37 shots in 43 minutes, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record of 49 points. He established while playing for Milwaukee in 1972.
Damian Lillard finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, Al-Farouq Aminu added 17 points, while he hit five 3-pointers and Nurkic finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.  COLLAPSE OF THE SECOND QUARTER
The Blazers lost contact during an abysmal second quarter in which they scored 15 points in 2 of 15 shots while committing 11 turnovers, most of which came through careless passes and fortuitous.
Portland scored just 37 points in the first half while shooting 34 percent from the floor. The Wizards led by 14 at halftime and then took control for good with a burst of 12-1 to open the third quarter and take their advantage to 23 points.
Harkless suffered a quadriceps concussion at the end of the first half and did not return after leaving the game with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Harkless started for the first time in five games and finished with three points, one assist, one steal and one block in 12 minutes.
The Blazers conclude their four-game home Saturday at the Fashion Center against the Houston Rockets with a set of tips for 7 p.m.
– Mike Richman