Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rockets/Trail Blazers Preview

- from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS (through March 28): Rockets - 3rd place, 9{ GB, Southwest Division. Trail Blazers - 4th place, 24 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Rockets - F McGrady, F Clarence Weatherspoon, C Yao, G Bob Sura, G Wesley. Trail Blazers - F Darius Miles, F Abdur-Rahim, C Joel Przybilla, G Damon Stoudamire, G Telfair.

TEAM LEADERS: Rockets - McGrady, 25.4 ppg and 5.8 apg; Yao, 8.3 rpg. Trail Blazers - Randolph, 18.9 ppg and 9.6 rpg; Stoudamire, 5.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Rockets, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: March 16; Rockets, 108-77. At Houston, Wesley and Sura each scored 21 points as the Rockets posted their largest margin of victory this season. It was Houston's first game since starting forward Juwan Howard was lost to a knee injury.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockets - 21-15 on the road; Trail Blazers - 16-18 at home.

INJURIES: Rockets - G Moochie Norris (foot); G Charlie Ward (knee); F-C Howard (knee). Trail Blazers - F Randolph (knee); G Van Exel (knee); G Anderson (back); C-F Ratliff (shoulder).

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