Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers host Heat

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat continue their season-long seven-game road
trip when they visit the struggling Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose
Garden.

The Heat have dropped the first two contests of their current swing. On
Friday, Raja Bell scored 24 points to lead a group of seven Phoenix players in
double figures, as the Suns trounced Miami, 111-93, at the newly named U.S.
Airways Center.

Antoine Walker had 22 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Phoenix to lead
the Heat, while Shaquille O’Neal was held to a season-low eight points and 13
rebounds for Miami, which played without starting guards Dwyane Wade and Jason
Williams.

Wade (shin) and Williams (ankle) are both questionable for tonight’s contest.

Miami, which has lost four of its last five as the visitor, is 7-11 on the
road this season. The Heat will also visit Golden State, Seattle, Utah and the
Lakers on the trip.

The Trail Blazers return home after going 0-3 on a three-game road trip and
start a season-long eight-game homestand. Portland enters tonight’s contest on
a five-game losing streak.

Kirk Snyder scored a career-high 22 points and David West had 19 along with 13
rebounds as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets posted a 90-80 victory over
Portland on Friday at the Ford Center.

Juan Dixon poured in 27 points in the loss to the Hornets for Portland, which
played without leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph. Ruben Patterson and
Jarrett Jack each finished with 12 points in defeat.

On the injury front for the Blazers, Randolph (virus) and guard Sebastian
Telfair (thumb) are questionable for tonight’s contest. Telfair has missed 12
straight games with the injury.

Portland is 6-9 at the Rose Garden this season. The Blazers will also host the
Lakers, Orlando, Cleveland, Toronto, Dallas, Denver and New Jersey on the
current homestand.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
November 23rd, Wade led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and tied a
career-high with 11 rebounds, as the Heat defeated the Trail Blazers, 100-79,
at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has won two in a row in this series, while the Trail Blazers have won
seven of the last 10 contests. The Heat have lost three of their last five at
Portland.

POR MIA