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National Basketball Association
Preview
Portland at Boston
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Portland Trail Blazers attempt to stretch their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Portland routed the Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday before making the trek east and hasn’t lost since falling to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 8. Boston has lost four of its past five games after suffering a 117-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and has also dropped three straight to the Trail Blazers.

Portland easily handled a Chicago team missing Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol from the outset while posting an impressive victory. “I thought guys played with energy,” power forward LaMarcus Aldridge told reporters. “I thought our defense was great. We caught them on a back-to-back so it was good to play with energy and try to be active.” The Celtics were on the opposite end as they never once led while losing to Memphis.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), CSN New England (Boston)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (9-3):
Damian Lillard started slowly but has been on a recent tear in which he is averaging 25.8 points and 8.4 assists over the last five games. He went 7-for-9 shooting against Chicago – hitting all four 3-point attempts – and is 20-for-31 from behind the arc during the hot streak. “Damian was very efficient offensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts told reporters. “Defensively, he was good. His 3s were timely.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS (4-7): Second-year center Kelly Olynyk has struggled with consistency issues through the first 11 games and scored 14 of his 18 points against Memphis in the second half. He had scored just 13 points in the previous five halves before getting it together against the Grizzlies, and coach Brad Stevens says it is time for Olynyk to do more than show flashes. “Maybe there are some learning experiences for these guys, but they have to expedite that curve because they’re playing for us,” Stevens told reporters. “We’re not showing them film and learning after practice. They’re playing in games.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Boston has won nine of its last 10 home games against Portland.

2. Trail Blazers SF Nicolas Batum (knee) returned from a four-game absence and had nine points in 21 minutes against Chicago.

3. Celtics F Jeff Green (2,504) had six rebounds against Memphis to go over 2,500 for his career.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 102, Celtics 95
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 9-3 W6 8-1 1-2 0-1 9-2 3-0 5-3
Boston 4-7 L1 2-4 2-3 0-0 4-7 2-1 4-2
Last Meeting
Portland Boston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/11/14 BOS 104 POR 112 112 49 43.0 104 46 46.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland L. Aldridge 21 53.3 5
Boston A. Bradley 25 57.9 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland L. Aldridge 13 2 11
Boston J. Sullinger 10 7 3
Assists Player  
Portland N. Batum 7
Boston J. Bayless 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland D. Lillard 307 47.4 64
Boston J. Sullinger 292 50.6 29
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland R. Lopez 119 49 70
Boston J. Sullinger 181 53 128
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 94
Boston R. Rondo 110
Quickchart Matchup
Portland Off vs  Boston Defense
104.4 Points For
108.4 Points Against
45.9 FG%
48.0 FG%
46.8 Reb
40.3 Reb
Boston Off vs  Portland Defense
106.2 Points For
95.2 Points Against
48.0 FG%
41.5 FG%
40.3 Reb
43.1 Reb