Tuesday , Apr , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – April 5

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – April 5 ===

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Utah Jazz on Tuesday
at the Delta Center.

It is the third meeting of the 2004-05 campaign between the clubs. The Jazz
defeated Portland, 92-87, in overtime on December 10th at the Delta Center,
while the Blazers knocked off Utah, 98-88, on December 12th at the Rose
Garden. The teams will play again on April 17th at Portland in the final
contest of the season between the squads.

Portland has won two of the last three meetings in this series, while the Jazz
have won six of nine and nine of the last 13 contests. The Trail Blazers have
lost six of their last seven at Utah.

The Trail Blazers enter Tuesday’s game on a four-game losing streak. On
Saturday, Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and the Denver Nuggets put together
a strong fourth quarter to come away with a 103-97 victory over Portland at
the Rose Garden.

Damon Stoudamire finished with 27 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim compiled 20
points and eight rebounds in the loss to Denver for the Trail Blazers, who
have dropped 11 of their last 12 overall. Rookie Sebastian Telfair registered
a double-double, as he scored 16 points and dished out a career-high 10

Portland, which is 2-6 in Tuesday games this season, is a brutal 8-28 on the
road. The Blazers will split their final 10 contests of the campaign evenly
between the Rose Garden and the road.

Abdur-Rahim has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and is
averaging 20.3 points, six rebounds and four assists in that span. He has
recorded 11 double-doubles this season.

Telfair is averaging 17 points and nine assists in his last two games. He has
scored in double-digits in six of his last 10 contests and has played more
than 30 minutes in five straight games.

The Blazers, who are going to miss the playoffs for a second straight season,
will host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and the Sacramento Kings on
Friday. Portland will then travel to New Orleans to face the Hornets on Sunday
in the first of a brief two-game road trip.