NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 17th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (23-14) at Portland Trail Blazers (15-24), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers play the fifth of a season-long seven-game road trip when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.
Cleveland is 2-2 on the swing. On Tuesday, Ray Allen scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists to lead Seattle's second-half charge, as the SuperSonics defeated the Cavaliers, 101-96, at KeyArena.
Superstar LeBron James had 30 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lost for just the second time in their last eight games overall. Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland in defeat.
The Cavaliers are 8-11 on the road this season. They will visit the Denver Nuggets on Friday at the Pepsi Center and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at ORACLE Arena.
Portland tries to get back on the winning track, as it wraps up a three-game homestand. Allen Iverson posted 32 points and nine assists to lead the Nuggets over the Trail Blazers, 109-93, on Sunday at the Rose Garden.
Sergio Rodriguez scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss to Denver for the Trail Blazers, who played without guard Jarrett Jack because of a concussion suffered in a car accident last Friday morning while pulling into the team's practice facility. Juan Dixon scored 15 points, while Martell Webster netted 12 in defeat.
Jack, who is averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 5.6 assists in 37 games this season, is questionable for tonight's contest.
The Trail Blazers are 8-12 at home this season. They will visit the high- powered Phoenix Suns on Friday at the US Airways Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs this season. On November 15th, James scored 32 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead the Cavaliers over the Trail Blazers, 100-87, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland has lost six of seven and eight of its last 10 at Portland. The Cavaliers have won two in a row and five of the last six contests in this series.
01/17 10:58:17 ET