Tuesday , Jan , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 18

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 18 ===

(Sports Network) – The struggling Portland Trail Blazers visit the streaking
Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at ARCO Arena.

Portland has won two straight, three of four and four of the last six meetings
in this series. The Blazers have won two of their last three trips to
Sacramento.

The Blazers, who are finishing up their season-high six-game road trip, are
just 7-15 in foreign buildings this season. Portland is just 1-4 on its
current swing.

Portland has dropped three in a row, seven of eight and nine of its last 11
games overall. The Blazers suffered a 92-84 loss at the hands of the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Saturday night at the Target Center.

Ruben Patterson scored 25 points and Nick Van Exel added 19 with eight assists
for Portland in the defeat. Damon Stoudamire, who scored a career-high 54
points on Friday, finished the contest with 18, six rebounds and four assists.

The Trail Blazers played without leading scorer Zach Randolph, who is
sidelined with a knee injury. Randolph’s knee seems to be worsening, pushing
his return date back.

Meanwhile, Darius Miles’ bone bruised left knee is improving which gives him a
slight chance of returning to the court for Portland on Tuesday. Miles is more
likely to return on Wednesday against Cleveland. The Blazers are 1-5 since
Miles went down.

Patterson has scored in double-digits in six of his last seven games. He is
averaging 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in his last 10 contests.

Portland play two more tough games this week, as it hosts LeBron James and the
Cavaliers on Wednesday and Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Saturday.

The Blazers will play the Cavs Wednesday for the second and final time
this season. On December 15th, Cleveland crushed Portland, 112-88, at Gund
Arena.

Portland has already suffered a pair of losses this season to the
Timberwolves. Both contests were played at the Target Center.

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