Friday , Mar , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers continue losing ways

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers (20-51) are simply a bad team.
They are in last place in the Northwest Division and own the worst record in
the Western Conference.

Portland will try to halt a season-worst nine-game losing streak on Saturday,
as they host the Utah Jazz at the Rose Garden. It is the third meeting of the
season between the squads. In the two previous contests, the Jazz picked up
wins at home and on the road. These two teams have split the last eight
meetings at Portland, while Utah has lost six of its last 10 as the visitor
against the Trail Blazers.

Utah, which has won three of the last four contests against Portland, is
scheduled to host the Trail Blazers on April 8th at the Delta Center in the
fourth and final contest of the season between the clubs.

Portland plays the finale of a four-game homestand against the Jazz. On
Wednesday, Brad Miller scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, as
the Sacramento Kings had no problem defeating the Trail Blazers, 106-90, at
the Rose Garden.

Viktor Khryapa paced the Trail Blazers with 18 points in the loss to
Sacramento. Steve Blake scored 17 and Zach Randolph finished with 14 points
and seven rebounds in defeat.

The Trail Blazers are just 14-21 as the host this season. They have dropped
four in a row at the Rose Garden.

Six of Portland’s final 11 games this season will be played at the Rose
Garden. Besides Utah, the Blazers will host Houston, Seattle, Denver, Golden
State and Phoenix.

Randolph leads the Blazers in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg),
while Blake is averaging a team-best 4.6 assists pe game.

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