WHEN: 5:00 PM, MONDAY, 1/20/2014
WHERE: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
S T A R T E R S
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
WILLIAMS , MCCOLLUM , ROBINSON , FREELAND
LIN , BROOKS , GARCIA , CASSPI , MOTIEJUNAS
Francisco Garcia (day-to-day, sore left knee)
Greg Smith (day-to-day, sore right knee)
Omer Asik (out, right knee injury)
- VS –
TERRY STOTTS--- KEVIN MCHALE
BLAZERS' GAME NOTES
• Monday will mark the third of four regular season meetings between Portland and Houston, with the ﬁnal matchup coming on March 9 in Houston.
• The Trail Blazers and the Rockets have split the season series so far, with Houston winning the ﬁrst matchup, 116-101, on Nov. 5 in Portland and the Trail Blazers winning the second matchup, 111-104, on Dec. 12 in Portland.
• On the Dec. 12 matchup, LaMarcus Aldridge posted the ﬁrst 31-point, 25-rebound game in Trail Blazers history. The 25 rebounds mark a career high for Aldridge.
• On Nov. 5, James Harden scored 33 points on 11-for-18 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Dwight Howard totaled 29 points and 13 rebounds.
• Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers in the ﬁrst matchup with 22 points, four rebounds and ﬁve assists.
• In 11 of the past 13 meetings between Portland and Houston, the winning team has scored 100-plus points.
• Houston has shot .500 from the field in three of the last four meetings (.595, 47-79 FG on 2/8/12; .513, 39-76 FG on 4/5/13; .547, 41-75 FG on 11/5/13).
• Nicolas Batum posted averages of 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.33 steals and 3.33 blocks per game against the Rockets last season.
• Thomas Robinson appeared in 19 games with the Rockets during his rookie campaign in 2012-13, where he averaged 4.5 points and 4.1 rebounds.
• Houston guard Aaron Brooks attended college at the University of Oregon.
• Wesley Matthews was teammates with Houston guard Ronnie Brewer in 2009-10 with the Utah Jazz until Brewer got traded to the Grizzlies during the season.
• Rockets G/F Francisco Garcia was teammates with Thomas Robinson throughout the 2012-13 season, getting traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Rockets with Robinson.
• HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCH-UP HISTORY
ALL TIME: Rockets lead, 98-79
IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 48-41
AT THE ROCKETS: Rockets lead, 57-31
Happy MLK Day
and GO BLAZERS!