NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 1st (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (39-18) at Portland Trail Blazers (36-22), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers return to the Rose Garden Sunday for the first of a two-game homestand when they host the Southwest Division- leading San Antonio Spurs.
The Blazers, who are 2 1/2 games behind the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest Division, salvaged the finale of a three-game road trip in Minneapolis on Friday when Brandon Roy scored 19 points and Rudy Fernandez provided a spark off the bench with 18 points as Portland downed a slumping Timberwolves squad, 102-82.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw each added 15 points while the former snagged a game-high 10 boards.
Portland snapped a troubling five-game slide as the visitor and won the final contest in the trip after losses to a pair of the West's best in Houston and San Antonio.
The Blazers, who are a stellar 23-5 at home, will finish their current residency by hosting Indiana on March 4.
The short-handed Spurs, meanwhile, fell to Cleveland in the Alamo City on Friday when LeBron James poured in 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to power the Cavs to a 97-86 win over San Antonio.
Michael Finley had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who were without the services of Tim Duncan.
The All-Star sat out his third consecutive game due to a right quad injury and will be a game-time decision tonight. Manu Ginobili remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
Tony Parker, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Malik Hairston each scored 11 against the Cavs, while Roger Mason had 10 for San Antonio, which had a four-game win streak halted.
San Antonio, which is 19-10 as the visitor, will finish a three-game road swing with visits to the LA Clippers and Dallas.
The Spurs have dominated Portland recently, topping the Blazers in 13 of the past 14 contests between the two clubs, including a 99-84 win in San Antonio last week. Portland did, however, snap a 12-game skid to the Spurs with a 100-99 triumph at the Rose Garden earlier this season.
03/01 10:49:34 ET