Trail Blazers vs Spurs Friday, 03/25/11 AT 07:00PM

Preview: Camby Probable, Trail Blazers Go For Six Against Spurs

  1. Written by: ShalamarClark  / avg. rating: 4.8

    Marcus Camby said, “I’ll be out there,” at practice Thursday, a day before the Portland Trail Blazers (41-30) will try to beat the San Antonio Spurs (57-14) six straight times at the Rose Garden. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

    Camby sat out Tuesday’s 111-76 thrashing of the Washington Wizards at home due to a right ankle injury he suffered in the road loss against the Lakers on Sunday after grabbing 10 rebounds.  

    “I’ll try to play tomorrow,” he said. “You want to play because this is fun basketball. We haven’t clinched a spot in the payoffs yet and every game right now seems like a playoff game in a playoff atmosphere.”

    Even the one-side win against the Wizards featured a packed arena that allowed fans to see Gerald Wallace put up 28 points, eight rebounds, a season-high four steals and three assists to bounce back after falling in Los Angeles.

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points in the first half, while Nicolas Batum recorded a double-double with 22 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 15 points and Rudy Fernandez led the bench scoring with 10 points.

    When Trail Blazers' Head Coach Nate McMillan was informed of Camby’s announcement, he responded, “We’ll good. We’ll see.”

    McMillan said his playing status would be determined after tomorrow’s shootaround before the game.

    “We’ll see tomorrow he feels,” said McMillan. “We walked through some things and did some shooting.”

    Portland is looking to claim its sixth straight win at home against San Antonio after splitting the series 1-1. 

    On Feb. 1, the Trail Blazers got the best of the Spurs at home, where Aldridge dropped an old career high of 40 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the 99-86 win. Matthews scored 21 points and Andre Miller added 18 points and nine assists after shooting 50.7 percent from the floor.

    Manu Ginobili led the Spurs, who shot 42.7 percent, with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. DeJuan Blair had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Tim Duncan followed up with 15 points and seven rebounds.

    San Antonio, however, will be without Duncan, who is nursing a sprained left ankle he suffered in the Monday night win over the Golden State Warrior, 111-96.

    “They’re going to speed up the game,” said McMillan. “They’re going to look for Tony [Parker] and Ginobili to penetrate and force the defense to collapse, and look for the three-point ball.”

    On Wednesday, the Spurs kicked off a three-game road trip and fell the Denver Nuggets, 115-112, in the opening matchup.

    The Nuggets still prevailed despite 25 points from Gary Neal, 20 from Ginobili and 19 from Parker.

    Portland has beaten the Spurs in six of the last seven matchups, while holding the team under 100 in 10 straight matchups.

    The Trail Blazers will be without Greg Oden and Elliot Williams, who are both out with knee-related injuries.

    Watch the Trail Blazers in action on KGW and Comcast Sports Net Channel 37 with Mike Barrett and Mike Rice. Also, listen to the live play-by-play from Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey on 95.5 FM The Game. 

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