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.