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Clippers' Maggette To Miss Game At Portland

Corey Maggette will sit out the Los Angeles Clippers game against Portland on Saturday night with a chest contusion.

Maggette, coming off 19 points and seven rebounds in a win over Sacramento on Friday night, was injured in the second half against the Kings, but still finished the game.


Randolph Done For Season After Hand Surgery

Zach Randolph of the Portland TrailBlazers had surgery on his right hand Friday and will miss the final 10 games of the season.

Randolph hurt his hand during a 94-93 loss at Minnesota last Sunday. The injury was not apparent in Thursday night's 96-92 home loss to Memphis, when Randolph scored a career-high 43 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds while playing with his hand taped.

The surgery Friday removed bone fragments and repaired ligaments. Randolph will be in a cast for about five weeks, the team announced.

Via Union-Tribune

Blazers Name Kevin Pritchard GM

Kevin Pritchard was signed on Thursday to a five-year contract as the new general manager of the Portland TrialBlazers, according to a league source. The agreement was to be officially announced at the Blazers-Grizzlies game Thursday night in Portland.

Pritchard had been the Blazers' director of player personnel under team president and GM Steve Patterson, who was relieved of those duties earlier this month.

Via SI.com

Roy Expected To Return Thursday

Portland rookie and new father Brandon Roy is expected to return to the team in time to play against Memphis on Thursday, the Trail Blazers said.

Roy left the team before Monday's game against Chicago to go to Seattle, where his girlfriend, Tiana Bardwell, gave birth to Brandon Jr.


Blazers' Roy Leaves Team To Attend Birth Of Child

Portland rookie Brandon Roy left the Trail Blazers before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls to attend the birth of his first child in Seattle.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan said doctors in Seattle informed Roy -- who leads all rookies in scoring (16.3 points) and assists (4.0) -- that the child would likely be born Monday night.

"When he got the information from the doctors, he decided to go back -- which is the right thing to do," McMillan said.


NBA Admonishes Arenas For Making Courtside Bets With Fans

Gilbert Arenas was admonished by the NBA for making $10 bets with fans during the Wizards' loss at Portland on Wednesday.

"We spoke to Gilbert and explained the issue to him," NBA spokesman John Acunto said Sunday. "And he assured us he wouldn't do anything like this again."

Arenas made the bets as he bantered with fans throughout the Wizards' loss. He was booed during pregame introductions and whenever he touched the ball because he had promised to score 50 points against the Trail Blazers.

Via AP

Sources: Pritchard Very Likely To Be Named Portland GM

Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, has made it official: Mike Golub, the Blazers? vice president of business operations, will not be the team?s new president. Leiweke told the Portland Business Journal this week he will go outside the organization to hire Steve Patterson?s successor.

Blazer sources tell the Portland Tribune that they will be ?shocked? if Kevin Pritchard, the team?s director of player personnel, isn?t hired as general manager.

Via Portland Tribune

Third Straight 50 Point Game For Kobe

Kobe Bryant has scored at least 50 points in three straight games, sinking two free throws at the 8:08 mark of the fourth quarter against Memphis to give him the honor.

Hitting form at the right time, Bryant has followed up on a 65 point performance against Portland on March 16 with 50 points against the Timberwolves two nights later, and now 60 against the Grizzlies on Thursday night, with the Lakers winning all three games.

The Lakers currently hold the seventh seed in the West.

Via RealGM

McMilllan Will Push To Keep Outlaw

Nate McMillan, head coach of the Trail Blazers, said he has seen enough good things from Travis Outlaw this season that he will push for the team to re-sign the forward when he becomes a free agent this summer.

"I want to keep him," McMillan said. "No question about it."

"Portland has an edge on everybody," Outlaw said. "I've got great teammates and the fans here are unbelievable."

Via Oregonian

ROY Race To Come Down Between Bargnani And Roy?

The 2006-2007 Rookie of the Year award will likely come down to Andrea Bargnani and Brandon Roy.  Juan Dixon has played with both players.

"It's a close race. Since I've been here, Andrea has been a big reason why we've played well a lot of the time. He stretches the floor at the 4 (power forward) and 5 (centre) position, and teams have trouble matching up with him," said Dixon. "If I was one of the voters, it would be hard. You could throw it up in the air. Both of those guys have been very solid."

Via Globe And Mail

Portland Trail Blazers Archives

Blazers' Randolph Granted Bereavement Leave

Zach Randolph has been granted bereavement leave effective from the Blazers

Kobe Drops 65 As Lakers Win

Kobe Bryant scored 65 points, including 24 in the fourth, as the Lakers snapped a seven game losing streak

Schenscher Signed By Portland To 10-Day

Warriors' Davis Out With Knee Stiffness, Win Streak Snapped

McMillan To Have More Influence On Moves?

Przybilla Is Done For The Season

Jim Paxson A Candidate For Portland?

Portland Signs Jeremy Richardson To 10-Day Deal

Kiki A Candidate For Portland?

Portland GM Unexpectedly Resigns

Portland Trail Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson unexpectedly resigned Thursday.
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