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The Portland Trail Blazers' lack of depth has been one of their major downfalls this season, which doesn't bode well with Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews nursing injuries.
There's a possibility neither will play Monday night as Portland seeks an eighth straight victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors, who have lost an NBA-high 13 road games.
After a 2-5 road trip, Portland (8-12) returned home and fell 99-80 to Sacramento on Saturday, shooting 38.7 percent and committing 19 turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 17 points and added 10 rebounds while J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 boards.
"We didn't have a lot of energy and they just outplayed us and beat us,'' said rookie Damian Lillard, who had 12 points.
Batum scored five points in 17 minutes, but he was clearly bothered by a nagging back strain. Making matters worse, Matthews suffered a left hip contusion and flexor strain in the second half.
After the team's Sunday practice...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Portland Trail Blazers have been away from the Rose Garden the past seven games, so a six-game stretch at home is a welcomed part of their schedule.
Matchup: Portland (8-11) vs. Sacramento Kings (6-12)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM PT
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Trail Blazers will have the crowd behind them for the first time in weeks, but theyâ...
Easy part of the schedule?
The Portland Trail Blazers opened the 2012-13 season against playoff hopefuls and perennial contenders in their first six games. This was supposed to the easy part of their schedule, yet theyâre just 4-6 since that âeasyâ part of their schedule began Nov. 12.
Matchup: Portland (8-12) vs. Toronto Raptors (4-16)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM...
Twenty games into the 2012-13 season, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves 8-12 with a fan base that is starting to head for the exits. Prior to their recent east coast road trip, the Blazers were hovering around the .500 mark.Â When the Blazers returned to the Rose City after 7 road games in 10 days in which they lost 5 of them and won 2 in overtime, Blazer fansâ optimism...
Every student dreads the word test. Some people thrive under pressure, some people shrink. But in school when all is said and done, if you fail the test, you fail the class.
Test time is here for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Expectations were extremely tempered when it came to the 7 game road trip this team came home from. After winning two overtime games against subpar...
It has not been a bad season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers.Â 8-12 through twenty games is not awful for a team in a rebuilding year, and the team is showing signs of competing in the Western Conference within two years.Â Not that the fans are happy with that.Â Many things have gone right through the first quarter of the season, many things have gone wrong, but the future...
Toronto's Amir Johnson has been ejected from a game against the Portland Trail Blazers for arguing with an official.
Johnson had words with referee David Jones while trying to take the ball from him following a Portland free throw. After Johnson was ejected, he threw his mouthpiece at Jones.
Fellow players had to restrain Johnson before he was escorted from the floor on Monday...
Toronto big man Amir Johnson may be facing a suspension after chucking his mouthpiece at a referee during Monday night's game against the Trail Blazers.From the Bleacher Report:Between Portland center J.J. Hickson's free-throw attempts, Johnson got into an apparent argument with referee David Jones while trying to retrieve the basketball. As Jones made his way toward the...
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in a game that was overshadowed by injuries for both sides.
Toronto also lost reserve Amir Johnson in the second half after he was ejected for arguing with an official. Johnson threw his mouthpiece and had to be restrained by his teammates...
Watching a good movie in a rundown theater costs more than a ticket for Monday night's Portland vs Toronto game.
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The power of sports is part proximity and part outcome. The closer you are, the more you feel the power. You pay to feel the...
PORTLAND -- Would you believe three in a row for Sacramento? The Kings broke open a tight game early in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a 99-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden. DeMarcus Cousins collected 19 points and 12 rebounds and John Salmons contributed season highs in points (19) and assists (11) for the Kings...
Blazers manage to hold things together
The Headline: playing without starters Nicolas Batum (back) and Wesley Matthews (hip), Portland comes up with a big win and halts their losing streak at two games.
Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers
When: 10:00 ET, Monday, December 10, 2012
Where: Rose Garden (Portland)
Officials: Rodney Mott, James Williams, David Jones