Tuesday , Mar , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Portland is looking towards the future

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers own a dismal 19-40 record and
are in last place in the Northwest Division. They are 3 1/2 games behind the
fourth place Seattle SuperSonics (23-37).

On Tuesday, The Dallas Mavericks try to get back on the winning track when
they welcome the lowly Trail Blazers to American Airlines Center.
It is the first of a home-and-home set. The Trail Blazers are scheduled to
host Dallas on Thursday at the Rose Garden.

The Mavericks, who have already defeated the Trail Blazers twice this season,
have won eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in this series.
Portland has lost five in a row at Dallas.

Portland attempts to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak against
Dallas. On Sunday, Yao Ming dropped in 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds
to lead the Houston Rockets to an easy 102-84 win over the Trail Blazers at
the Toyota Center.

Steve Blake poured in 23 points in the loss to Houston for the Blazers, who
have dropped 12 of their last 14 games overall. Zach Randolph ended with 15
points and eight rebounds in defeat.

The Trail Blazers are a brutal 6-24 on the road this season. They have lost
five in a row as the visitor.

Randolph leads the Blazers in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg),
while Blake has dished out a team-best 4.4 assists per game.

Portland is scheduled to play 12 of its final 23 games this season at the Rose