Jazz closeout homestand versus Blazers
(Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz play the finale of a five-game homestand when
they welcome the struggling Portland Trail Blazers tonight to the Delta
Utah is 2-2 on the current homestand. On Monday, Mehmet Okur scored 24 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Jazz dominated the Detroit Pistons on the
boards for a 92-78 victory at the Delta Center.
Andrei Kirilenko totaled 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the win
over the Pistons for Utah, while Jarron Collins ended with 14 rebounds for the
Jazz, who outrebounded the Pistons, 55-27.
Kirilenko also blocked four shots as the Jazz overcame injuries to snap
Detroit’s six-game winning streak and send the Pistons to just their third
loss in 18 games this season.
Jazz center Greg Ostertag left Monday’s game in the first quarter with a knee
injury. Guards Gordan Giricek (Achilles) and Deron Williams (ear infection)
also didn’t play.
Giricek, Ostertag and Williams are all questionable for tonight’s game.
The Jazz are just 4-8 as the host this season. After tonight’s game, Utah will
embark on a five-game road trip that consists of games against Indiana,
Milwaukee, Cleveland, Boston and New York.
Portland will try and get back on the winning track. All-Star Tracy McGrady
poured in 35 points and pulled down seven rebounds in Houston’s 100-86 victory
over the Trail Blazers on Sunday at the Rose Garden.
Sebastian Telfair had 17 points in the loss to the Rockets for Portland, which
has lost seven of its last eight games overall. Zach Randolph finished with 15
points and 13 rebounds, while Joel Przybilla pulled down 15 rebounds and Ruben
Patterson scored 12 points for the Blazers.
The Trail Blazers are 2-8 on the road this season. They return home on Friday
to play the Seattle SuperSonics and will then host the Washington Wizards on
Sunday at the Rose Garden.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 4th,
Okur dropped in 28 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Jazz past
Portland, 98-93, at the Rose Garden.
The Jazz have won two of three and three of their last five meetings in this
series. The Trail Blazers have lost two straight and seven of their last eight