Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Blazer's fall in Chicago

from the official site of the Portland Trail Blazers
A 26-point, 12-rebound effort from Zach Randolph wasn't enough to hold back the Bulls as the visiting Trail Blazers lost to Chicago 92-87 Monday. The Blazers overcame a 13-point second-quarter deficit to climb within one late, but the rally came up short in the closing minutes. Damon Stoudamire contributed 22 points and Darius Miles chipped in 13 points and 13 boards. Portland will look to bounce back Wednesday when it faces the Milwaukee Bucks.

Blazers - Bucks Preview

by the Associated Press from
STANDINGS: Trail Blazers - 4th place, 6{ GB, Northwest Division. Bucks - 5th place, 7 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Trail Blazers - F Miles, F Randolph, C Theo Ratliff, G Anderson or Stoudamire, G Nick Van Exel. Bucks - F Desmond Mason, F Joe Smith, C Dan Gadzuric, G Redd, G Maurice Williams.

TEAM LEADERS: Trail Blazers - Randolph, 20.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg; Stoudamire, 5.7 apg. Bucks - Redd, 22.3 ppg; Van Horn, 8.2 rpg; Williams, 6.7 apg.

Trail Blazers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 19; Trail Blazers, 110-98. At Portland, Ore., Randolph had 22 points and 18 rebounds to back Stoudamire's solid performance for the Blazers.

Trail Blazers - 5-9 on the road; Bucks - 5-6 at home.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers - G Richie Frahm (foot); F Viktor Khryapa (foot); C Vladimir Stepania (knee). Bucks - F Van Horn (ankle); G Erick Strickland (knee); C Daniel Santiago (eye); F Toni Kukoc (hip); G T.J. Ford (neck).

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Blazer's get Spanked

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Quentin Richardson used some long-range shooting to end the Phoenix Suns' short losing spell.

Richardson had his own 12-point run, on four 3-pointers, and scored 37 points to lift the Suns to a 121-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

He made eight 3s overall to help Phoenix (14-3) forget about its 97-93 loss Friday to Minnesota that snapped a nine-game winning streak.

"I definitely felt like I couldn't miss," Richardson said. "The way those shots came down I didn't think I was going to miss."

Richardson matched his career high for made 3-pointers, set against Boston last February, and equaled his career best with 12 attempts, reached twice before.

Shawn Marion had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 25 points.

"For us to regroup and get a good win over a good team, it says a lot about us, especially on the road," Marion said. "Sometimes it takes a little bit more off of you on the road."

The Blazers, coming off a 99-89 loss in Seattle on Saturday night, were led by Zach Randolph with 24 points and 11 rebounds. It was his ninth double-double of the season.

After the game, coach Maurice Cheeks huddled with his players. Later he suggested some lineup changes might be in store for the Blazers, who host Boston on Thursday.

"I'm not saying I'm going to do it but I'll be thinking about it," he said.

Forward Ruben Patterson, who plays in a reserve role, agreed that changes are needed for the 8-8 Blazers.

"Whatever happens, happens," Patterson said. "But something has to happen because we're not winning."

The teams went back and forth for most of the first half, until Richardson hit four straight 3-pointers to make it 55-47 for the Suns.

His first, with an assist from Steve Nash, gave Phoenix a 46-45 lead. After another with Nash's help, Portland's Damon Stoudamire answered with a jumper, but then Richardson hit his third, with an assist from Amare Stoudemire. His last in the streak came with help from Marion.

His next try, with 2:36 left in the half, just missed, but he made another with 1:26 to give Phoenix a 60-47 lead.

He was 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half, topping his season high of five accomplished at Cleveland on Nov. 10.

"Once he gets on a roll like that, he's very tough to stop," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Richardson was also 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, and the Suns made 20 of their 25 foul shots.

Stoudemire, who had 19 points, rubbed it in with an alley-oop dunk followed by another dunk that made it 89-66 for Phoenix in the third period.

Nash added 10 points and 11 assists for the Suns.

"I thought we would be a good team but I think it's important for us to realize that we're a long ways from being as good as we can be," Nash said.

Shereef Abdur-Rahim had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Trail Blazers Sign Geno Carlisle

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Geno Carlisle. The 6-foot-3, 200- pound Carlisle will take the roster spot vacated when guard Richie Frahm was placed on the Injured List on November 10th. Carlisle, 28 years old, saw limited action in four preseason games with the Trail Blazers this year, averaging 1.5ppg.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Blazers Fight Off Raptors


A year ago at the Rose Garden, Lamond Murray missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. This time, he made it - a fraction of a second too late.

Murray's 3-pointer was determined by replay to be too late as the Toronto Raptors wasted a comeback from a 20-point second-half deficit in a 105-102 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Toronto trailed, 103-100, after former Raptor Damon Stoudamire made two free throws with 12 seconds left. Murray had his first 3-pointer blocked by Zach Randolph but corraled the rebound, stepped behind the arc and fired as the horn sounded.

The shot splashed through, and players and coaches came off Toronto's bench claiming the shot should count. But a replay review showed the ball was still in Murray's hands when the buzzer went off.

In last season's meeting here on November 11, Murray back-rimmed a 3-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, allowing Portland to escape with an 83-80 win.

Stoudamire, who scored a season-high 20 points, saved the Trail Blazers with six points in the last 1:43, including four free throws that preserved the victory.

With Toronto trailing, 90-75, Jalen Rose spearheaded a comeback by scoring 13 of his 21 points as part of a 25-8 burst. Two 3-pointers by Rafer Alston, who scored 27 points, gave the Raptors a 100-98 lead.

Chris Bosh scored eight points during the surge and finished 17 and eight rebounds.

The Raptors rallied without All-Star Vince Carter, who scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting and sat for the entire fourth quarter.

Derek Anderson scored 16 points in the third quarter and Zach Randolph added 11 in the period as Portland scored 35 points and built an 83-65 lead. Randolph had 27 points and 16 rebounds and Anderson scored 19 points.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Authorities Seeking Evidence of Dog Fighting

From, by the Associated Press

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Authorities again searched the home of Trail Blazers forward Qyntel Woods on Friday, seeking additional evidence of dog fighting.

Officials from the Oregon Humane Society, with assistance from the Clackamas County sheriff's office, carried out the search.

Woods' home was first searched on Monday, following allegations that Woods abandoned his pit bull _ reportedly because it would not fight for him.

"Investigators have probable cause to believe there is additional evidence of animal fighting within the residence that needs to be seized," the sheriff's office said Friday.

No criminal charges have been filed. Woods was suspended without pay by the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, pending a team investigation into the matter.

"The Trail Blazers organization continues our own investigation and we are cooperating fully with authorities in this serious matter," team president Steve Patterson said in a statement Friday. "Qyntel remains suspended from the team because of the allegations made against him involving his participation in dog fighting and the five other incidents involving Qyntel and the police since February 2003. If further steps are needed, we will not hesitate to take them."

Woods and his agent, Raymond Brothers, have denied wrongdoing.

Dog fighting is a felony in Oregon. Promoting or conducting dog fighting is punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and up to five years in jail.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Hello Portland

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