Wednesday , Feb , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 11

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 11 ===

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers will try and get back on the
winning track on Thursday when they welcome the upstart Denver Nuggets to the
Rose Garden in the final game for both teams before this weekend’s All-Star
break.

On Tuesday, the Blazers played their first game without Rasheed Wallace and
found themselves on the wrong end of an 86-81 decision against the Utah Jazz.

Derek Anderson scored 21 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who had their
three-game winning streak halted. Darius Miles added 19 and Damon Stoudamire
had 18, as the post-Rasheed Wallace era began on a losing note.

Wallace and swingman Wesley Person were traded to Atlanta on Monday in
exchange for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and center Theo Ratliff. The Blazers
also got guard Dan Dickau in the deal.

None of the three new Trail Blazers dressed for Tuesday’s game, but all should
be available tomorrow.

The Blazers have now lost five of their last seven home games.

Portland has lost twice already this season to the Nuggets, but could hold the
upper hand tonight, as the home team in this series has won 11 of the last 14
meetings. The Blazers have also won five of their last seven and 14 of their
last 17 at Portland against Denver.

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