Leonard: Flip a Coin
The Milwaukee Bucks will pay the struggling Portland Trail Blazers a visit tonight at the Rose Garden in hopes of getting a win to complete their four-game road trip.
This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. The Bucks (19-18) swept the season series last year winning 116-87 at the RG on March 20, 2012 and 116-94 in Milwaukee on April 7.
“They had our number last year,” Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said. “They pretty much have the same team and we're a different team. So we'll see what happens.”
Monta Ellis leads the Bucks in scoring with 18.9 points and Brandon Jennings is right behind him with 18.3 a game.
The Bucks recently parted ways with its Head Coach Scott Skiles and promoted assistant coach Jim Boylan as the guy for the remainder of the season. Skiles was in the last year of his contract. The Bucks are 4-2 with Boylan at the helm.
The Trail Blazers (20-19) have lost four consecutive games, tied for their longest losing streak of the season. In their last eight games, their games have been decided by six or fewer points, the longest run of games decided by six or fewer points since January of 1979.
“We're right there in games,” Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “It's the little thing we're not doing to close out ball games. As long as we're there at the end, I'm happy with that because it means we're giving ourselves a chance to win the game.”
It looks as if the Trail Blazers might get a boost off the bench tonight.
Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (ankle) returned to practice yesterday after missing the team's last 10 games and says it's a 50-50 chance he suits up tonight. The rookie big man will determine if he plays either at shootaround or at pre-game warmups.
Yesterday after practice Leonard said, “I feel like I was close today, but there's no doubt about it that I had a little limitation. I wasn't as explosive and I'll get back to that. I was pretty confident today. I just have to continue to strengthen it and I'll be back to normal. I'm hopeful I'm a go tomorrow.”
Tonight's game will be televised on KGW at 7 p.m. and on 620 AM KPOJ radio.