Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Portland’s nightmare continues

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers own the worst record in
the Western Conference at 20-53, and are going to miss the playoffs for a
third straight year.

Five of Portland’s final nine games this season will be played at the
Rose Garden. The Blazers will host Houston, Seattle, Denver, Golden
State and Phoenix.

The Blazers will visit Utah, the Clippers, the Lakers and Golden State for
their last four road games of the campaign.

On Wednesday, the Rockets play the third of a six-game road trip when they
visit the slumping Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. It is the third and final
meeting of the season between the squads. The Rockets won the two previous
contests and have won nine straight in this series.

The last time Portland beat the Rockets was at home on November 21, 2003.

Houston has won four straight after losing its last four at Portland.

Portland enters Wednesday’s game on a season-worst 11-game losing streak. The
Trail Blazers last victory was on March 12th at home against the Phoenix Suns.

On Sunday, All-Star Ray Allen scored 24 points as the Seattle SuperSonics had
no problem defeating the Trail Blazers, 122-83, at KeyArena.

Sebastian Telfair and Martell Webster both scored 14 points for the dismal
Trail Blazers, who have lost 21 of their last 23 games overall. Darius Miles
ended with 11 points, while Joel Przybilla contributed nine blocks.

The Trail Blazers are 14-22 at home this season. They are scheduled to host
the SuperSonics on Friday at the Rose Garden.