Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 23

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 23 ===

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers start a five-game homestand
on Wednesday, as they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the Rose Garden.

It will be the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On February 1,
the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers, 92-79, at the Staples Center. The teams
will play once more in the 2004-05 campaign, as Portland will host the Lakers
on April 20th.

The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings in this series. The Lakers
have won two straight and five of the last eight contests. The Lakers have
lost 13 of their last 16 at Portland.

Portland enters Wednesday’s game having lost four of its last five contests.
In their final game before the All-Star break, the Trail Blazers fell to the
Indiana Pacers, 95-87, on February 16th at Conseco Fieldhouse. With the loss,
Portland finished its four-game road trip with a 1-4 record.

Joel Przybilla and Darius Miles scored 18 apiece against Indiana to lead the
Blazers, who have lost five of their last nine games overall. Przybilla also
had 17 rebounds in the loss, while Damon Stoudamire contributed 14 points and
a team-high five assists in 40 minutes of action.

Portland is 12-24 when it scores under 100 points this season.

Przybilla has recorded three straight double-doubles and is averaging 17
points and 15 rebounds in those games. The 7-1 center has seven double-doubles
on the season and has registered double-digits in rebounding 12 times in the
2004-05 campaign.

The Trail Blazers, who are 5-5 in their last 10 games at the Rose Garden, are
13-10 at home this season. Portland will also host the Atlanta Hawks,
Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves on its
current homestand.