About the Blazers: Coach Terry Stotts marveled Saturday that he had 14 players participate in practice after Sasha Pavlovic (plantar fascitis left foot) and Ronnie Price (right ankle sprain) were able to take part. Pavlovic hasn't played the last five games and Price the last four ... Aldridge is riding a string of seven consecutive double-doubles, the longest run of his career. He is the only NBA player averaging at least 21 points and 9.1 rebounds ... The Blazers are 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or better ... Luke Babbitt has made at least one three-pointer in six consecutive games. He is 9-for-21(42.8 percent) in that span ... This is the fourth in a six-game trip for the Blazers. They are 1-2. After tonight they play at Miami and New Orleans before heading into in the All-Star break.
About the Magic: Orlando has lost 12 in a row, its longest losing streak since it finished the 2003-2004 season with 13 straight. The Magic hasn't won since Jan. 18. The streak has included five losses at home ... The Magic average 15.8 free throw attempts a game, which is on pace to be the fewest in NBA history (Phoenix 2005-2006 averaged 18.0) ... Vucevic is coming off a career-high 25-point game Friday against Cleveland, during which he also had 13 rebounds. Earlier this season, he set the franchise mark with 29 rebounds against Miami ... Jacque Vaughn (37) is the youngest coach in the NBA ... Orlando is 8-10 against the Western Conference ... In its last game, Orlando led by six midway through the third quarter against Cleveland, but 19 turnovers helped erase the lead and waste a night when they shot 52.3 percent from the field.
Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic game preview
Oregonian | Feb 10