Wednesday , Feb , 21 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Brandon Roy has a bright future in Portland

(Sports Network) – Brandon Roy is having a very solid rookie campaign for
the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 23-32 and sit in fourth place in the
Northwest Division.

Roy, who is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, is averaging 15.7
points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35 contests this season. He has scored
in double-digits in three straight games and has registered 20.3 points per
game in that span. The 6-6 Roy is shooting 44.4 percent from the field,
including 31.2 percent from beyond the arc.

All-Star Game MVP Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers return to the court
on Wednesday, as they welcome the Trail Blazers to the Staples Center.
Bryant scored 31 points, dished out six assists and had six steals to lead the
West to an easy 153-132 win over the East in the 56th annual All-Star Game on
Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It is the second of three meetings between the Trail Blazers and Lakers this
season. On November 8th, Zach Randolph posted 36 points and 10 rebounds as the
Trail Blazers started picked up a 101-90 victory over the Lakers at the Rose
Garden. Portland has lost three straight and nine of its last 10 at the
Lakers. The Trail Blazers have won two of the last three contests in the

The Lakers are scheduled to host the Trail Blazers on March 16th at the
Staples Center.

Portland plays its second game since the All-Star break against the Lakers. On
Tuesday, rookie Brandon Roy poured in 27 points and dished out seven assists
as the Trail Blazers edged the Utah Jazz, 103-100, in the first game for both
teams coming out of the All-Star break.

Randolph scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win over the Jazz
for Portland, which snapped a two-game skid, but began the second half of the
schedule with one more win than they had all of last season. Ime Udoka ended
with 15 points, while Dan Dickau netted 11 and Jarrett Jack finished with 10
points and six assists for the Blazers.

The Trail Blazers, who have dropped two in a row as the visitor, are 10-18 on
the road this season. They return home to host the Seattle SuperSonics on
Monday at the Rose Garden.

Portland is 11-4 when it scores 100 or more points this season.