NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 30th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (15-27) at Seattle SuperSonics (18-25), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Seattle SuperSonics play the third of a four-game homestand when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to KeyArena.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 16th, Rashard Lewis finished with 37 points and Ray Allen scored 24 as Seattle gave former head coach Nate McMillan a rude greeting with a 111-99 victory at the Rose Garden.
McMillan returns to Seattle for the first time since he left the squad in July to become the head coach of the Trail Blazers. McMillan, who guided the SuperSonics to a 52-30 record and the Northwest Division crown in 2004-05, compiled a regular-season record of 212-183 during his tenure as the general of the Sonics. He was 8-8 in the postseason.
Under McMillan's leadership, Seattle reached the playoffs on two occasions, as it also appeared in the postseason in 2001-02. During that season, McMillan's first full campaign as the team's head coach, the Sonics went 45-37 and earned the seventh seed in the playoffs, where they lost to San Antonio in five games.
The SuperSonics have won four in a row and six of the last nine contests in this series. Portland has dropped four straight at Seattle.
Seattle is 1-1 on its current stand. Allen scored 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting to give the SuperSonics a 113-104 win over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday at KeyArena.
Luke Ridnour ended with 20 points and 13 assists and Robert Swift netted 14 and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Sonics, who have won three of their last four games overall.
The Sonics, who lost to Dallas, 104-97, on Thursday in the opener of the current homestand, are 10-12 as the host this season. They will host Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in the finale of the stand.
Portland plays the finale of a brief two-game road trip. On Saturday, Baron Davis dropped a double-double on Portland with a game-high 29 points and 16 assists as Golden State bested the Trail Blazers, 98-83, at The Arena in Oakland.
Juan Dixon netted 21 points in the loss to the Warriors for Portland, which lost for the third time in their last four outings. Sebastian Telfair tallied 12 points, while Jarrett Jack and Travis Outlaw both netted 10 off the bench in defeat.
The Blazers are 4-15 as the visitor this season. They have dropped four straight on the road.
01/30 10:54:23 ET