Golden State is 33-44 and has been out of the playoff picture for weeks, but that doesn't mean the Trail Blazers won't take the Warriors seriously when the teams collide Tuesday night at the Rose Garden.
The Blazers and Warriors have split a pair of games this season, and Portland's win was by a precarious 96-95 margin at home on Dec. 18.
"They don't have a good record, but they beat Dallas (Friday night), which is a great team," Portland guard Rudy Fernandez said. "We have to be focused against them."
Golden State guard Monta Ellis has scored 65 points in the Warriors' two games against Portland this season.
"He's as prolific a scorer as there is in the league," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "He'll be our first priority defensively."
TRAIL BLAZERS 104, MAVERICKS 96: Portland (45-33) led almost the entire way and was on top 95-74 with eight minutes remaining in rolling to its eighth consecutive home victory Sunday night at the Rose Garden. The win squared the season series with Dallas at 2-2.
Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.