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

Celtics, Blazers battle in Portland

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics play the third of a four-game road trip,
as they visit the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
February 10th, Paul Pierce poured in 35 points, dished out four assists and
recorded six steals as Boston crushed the Trail Blazers, 115-83, at TD
Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won two of the last three contests in this series, while the road
team has won seven of the last 11 meetings. The Celtics have lost two straight
after winning their last three at Portland.

The Celtics are 1-1 on the current swing and will try and get back on the
winning track this evening. On Wednesday, Shawn Marion ended with a career-
high 44 points and also pulled down 15 rebounds for his league-leading 41st
double-double to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 103-94 victory over Boston at US
Airways Center.

Delonte West had a career-high 30 points and dished out five assists, while
Paul Pierce netted 20, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists and
Gerald Green registered 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the loss
to Phoenix for the Celtics, who have dropped two of their last three games

Boston is 5-21 on the road this season. The Celtics are scheduled to visit the
Lakers on Sunday in the finale of the current swing. They have lost eight of
their last nine games as the visitor.

Portland plays the middle contest of a three-game homestand. On Thursday, the
Trail Blazers made some noise at the trade deadline. The Seattle SuperSonics,
Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Trail Blazers completed a four-way trade.

Denver acquired Seattle forward Reggie Evans and Portland’s Ruben Patterson
and Charles Smith in exchange for sending guard Earl Watson and forward Byron
Russell, along with a future second-round draft pick, to the Sonics. Portland
received Denver guard Voshon Lenard and Seattle center Vitaly Potapenko, who
was immediately traded to Sacramento, along with forward Sergei Monia, for
forward Brian Skinner.

The Trail Blazers enter tonight’s contest on a three-game losing streak.
Kareem Rush poured in 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting as the Charlotte Bobcats
edged Portland, 110-106, on Wednesday at the Rose Garden.

Darius Miles ended with 20 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Charlotte
for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped seven of their last eight games
overall. Juan Dixon ended with 17 points and six assists in defeat.

The Blazers, who will host the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Sunday in
the finale of the homestand, are 12-14 at the Rose Garden this season. They
have dropped four of their last six as the host.