Monday , Jan , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Struggling Celtics finish road trip in Portland

(Sports Network) – The slumping Boston Celtics wrap up a five-game road trip
when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.

Boston has lost a season-worst six straight games. On Sunday, Chris Wilcox
scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Seattle SuperSonics
over the Celtics, 101-95, at KeyArena.

Tony Allen had 23 points and Al Jefferson registered 21 points and 10 boards
in the loss to Seattle for the Celtics, who have dropped 11 of their last 16
games overall. Gerald Green had 18 points for Boston, which continues to play
without injured forward Paul Pierce.

Pierce is sidelined with a stress reaction in his left foot and has missed
five straight games. The Kansas product leads the Celtics in scoring (26.6
ppg) and assists (4.3 apg).

The Celtics are 6-9 on the road this season. They return home to host LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at TD Banknorth Garden.

Portland attempts to halt a two-game losing streak. Mehmet Okur scored 20
points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Trail Blazers,
96-86, on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Zach Randolph finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to the Jazz
for Portland, which has dropped four of its last five games overall. Rookie
Brandon Roy netted 17 in defeat.

The Trail Blazers are 7-8 at home this season. They will host the New York
Knicks on Wednesday.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
November 17th, Pierce poured in a game-high 29 points and Delonte West scored
13 of his 17 points in a dominating fourth quarter by Boston, which cruised
past Portland, 118-90, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won three straight and four of the last five contests in this
series. The Celtics have won four of their last six at Portland.