Injured Blazers face Rockets in final meeting of season
A quick look back
The Trail Blazers have been on the hunt of locking down the three seed in the West, but on Tuesday night Portland lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 115-109 in the Blazers' first outing of its current four game road trip.
Damian Lillard had 29 points and eight assists in the loss, and a scary moment late in the 4th quarter when Lillard rolled his left ankle. He did play through the sprain, but was seen leaving the arena on a cart.
Portland struggled from three-point range in Tuesday’s loss, going 10-for-40 from long distance vs. Dallas. Next up for Portland, the Blazers visit the Houston Rockets on Thursday.
Houston is coming off a home victory on Tuesday night over the Washington Wizards, 120-104. James Harden had a near triple-double, finishing with 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the win.
The Rockets have clinched the best record in the NBA and homecourt advantage in the playoffs. This is the first time in franchise history that Houston will finish a regular season with the best record in the association.
Wednesday’s contest marks the fourth and final meeting between the Blazers and Rockets this season. Houston holds a 3-0 series lead.
In their most recent matchup, Houston won, 115-111 behind James Harden’s 42 points. That Rockets victory on March 20th snapped Portland’s 13 game winning streak.
The Trail Blazers have lost six of their last seven games to the Rockets.
The Trail Blazers have listed Ed Davis (sprained right ankle) and Moe Harkless (left knee surgery) as out for Thursday’s game in Houston. Just prior to the game Damian Lillard (left ankle) was downgraded from doubtful to out.
For the Rockets, Ryan Anderson (sprained left ankle) is out vs. Portland after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Eric Gordon (foot), is out as well.
Current playoff picture
Portland is now 48-30 overall on the season and is still hanging on to the 3rd spot in the West. The Blazers hold a three game lead over Utah and San Antonio in that battle for home court advantage.
Houston is now six games up on Golden State for the number one spot in the Western Conference Standings, with a 63-15 overall record.
***The conference standings are up-to-date as of early Tuesday early afternoon before Tuesday’s games tipped off.
Video: Dropping one in Big D
Where: Toyota Center, Houston TX
Television: NBCS Northwest
Live NBC Sports Northwest coverage: Rip City Live (4:00pm) and Talkin' Ball (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)
Live streaming coverage on Facebook: The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/NBCSNorthwest.
Radio: Rip City Radio 620