The Mavericks will face the Portland Trail Blazers for the second time this season and will be looking for a little revenge for their 91-82 loss in Portland earlier this season. The Blazers ran all over the Mavs and outhustled a Mavericks team that was still coming off the high of winning their previous game in Golden State.
Since their last meeting
After defeating the Mavs, the Blazers went on to win their next game against Detroit. Since then, the Blazers have gone 1-7, losing by an average of almost 10 points per game. Despite this, the Blazers are still third in Northwest division and are only 5.5 games out of first place in what might be the worst division in the NBA. With the Southeast division still in full-effect toilet mode, that's saying something.
In his last three games, Brandon Roy has averaged 11.6 points and is shooting 29.7 percent from the floor. Roy is depended upon to carry a large part of the Blazers scoring load, and when he isn't on, the Blazers can struggle mightily. He did score a career-high 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting in his last game against the Mavericks. With the Mavs allowing their opponents' best scorers to practically score at will over the last four games, Roy could look to get back on track.
Entering a rough stretch
Tonight's game against the Mavs will mark the start of a three-game road trip that will bring them through San Antonio and Memphis. Unless they can play well and catch someone off guard, they could very easily be looking at a 5-13 record. But, like I said before, that isn't such a bad thing.
- These are real fans. Here's hoping they get another one of these.
- You've seen the silly Comcast commercial with Tony Romo. Here's the silly version with LaMarcus Aldridge.
- VAMOS GENTE!
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd