Trail Blazers vs Warriors Wednesday, 04/17/13 AT 07:00PM

Preview: Wizards v. Trail Blazers, 7 PM

  1. Written by: caseyholdahl

    The Portland Trail Blazers (15-13) begin their second (and luckily, their last) three games in three nights stretch Tuesday night at the Rose Garden against the Washington Wizards (6-22). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM Pacific on CSN 37, NBA TV and 750 AM The Game.

    The Trail Blazers return to the Rose Garden for the first time since splitting a two-game back-to-back road trip. The Trail Blazers beat the Hornets 94-86 on Friday before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 97-94 in double overtime Saturday night.

    "I thought our guys fought (Saturday) to get themselves back into the game, and to give ourselves a chance to win the game," said McMillan of the loss to Dallas. "And we’ve just got to make breaks for ourselves. We have opportunities, and we’ve had them all season long where you’ve got to make plays, you’ve got to make shots, you’ve got to get stops."

    Making shots and getting stops might be easier on Tuesday than it was on Saturday. The Wizards, owners of the third-worst record in the NBA, rank 25th in both points and points allowed per game. The Wiz do enter the game fresh off a 98-77 victory against the Pistons, a team that beat the Trail Blazers earlier this season, in Detroit.

    Mike Barrett and Mike Rice will have the call on CSN 37, with Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey taking care of the radio call on 750 AM The Game. NBA TV will air the game nationally.


    ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 51-46
    IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 31-17
    AT WIZARDS: Wizards lead, 29-20
    LAST PORTLAND WIN: 111-76, 3/22/11 (Por.)
    LAST WASHINGTON WIN: 83-79, 12/3/11 (Was.)

    • After last season’s 1-1 split with the Wizards, Portland has won eight of the past 11 contests in the series.

    • The Trail Blazers have won the last six matchups with Washington at the Rose Garden, last falling at home in 2005.

    • Washington has been held to fewer than 100 points in the last seven meetings with Portland, as well as 11 of the last 12 meetings.

    • Portland averaged 15.5 more points per game (95.0-79.5) in last season’s two-game series than the Wizards.

    • The Trail Blazers outrebounded Washington, 96-75, last season, including a 38-22 advantage on the offensive end. Portland used its rebounding edge to outscore the Wizards, 43-25, in points off second chances.

    • In two games last season, Portland committed 36 turnovers that led to 27 points for Washington, while converting 44 Wizards miscues into 44 points.

    • LaMarcus Aldridge averaged a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against the Wizards in 2010-11.

    • In two games against the Wizards last season (one as a member of the Bobcats), Gerald Wallace averaged 26.5 points and 11.0 rebounds to go with 3.00 steals and 1.50 blocks. Wallace dropped 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field in his only game against Washington as a Trail Blazer last season.

    • Among players that played in both games against Portland for the Wizards last season, only JaVale McGee average double figures in scoring (10.5). John Wall, who averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 assists during the regular season, was held to averages of 9.5 points (6-25 FG) and 4.5 assists in his two contests against the Trail Blazers.

    • The Wizards were limited to 39.4 percent shooting from the field in two games with Portland last season, the second-lowest field goal percentage by a Trail Blazers opponent (Milwaukee, 37.7%).

    • Portland garnered a 45-30 advantage in assists in two games vs. Washington last season.

    • Armon Johnson and Wizards center JaVale McGee played together at the University of Nevada, Reno, for one season in 2007- 08. Luke Babbitt joined the Wolfpack as a freshman the following season.

    • Rashard Lewis played under Nate McMillan for all five seasons he served as head coach of the Seattle Supersonics (2000-2005).

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