WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012
Season Series: tied 0-0
The 2011–12 NBA season, the 66th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), began with the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners of the 30 NBA teams and the NBA's players. The previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005, expired at 12:01 AM EDT on July 1, 2011, resulting in a lockout. With the new deal in place, the regular season was shortened from the normal 82 games per team to 66, because of the nearly two months of inactivity. The season begins on December 25, 2011 and ends on April 26, 2012.(wikipedia)
About the Magic: Orlando has remained competitive despite persistent trade rumors about Howard, who can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has reportedly said he would be willing to be dealt to New Jersey, Dallas or the Lakers. ... Anderson is having a breakout season in his fourth year in the NBA. Last season, he averaged a career-best 10.6 points. ... Howard had a huge game in Portland last season, getting 39 points and 15 rebounds, but the Magic lost. Soon after, Orlando made a major trade with Phoenix to acquire Richardson and Turkoglu. ... Howard did not play against Portland in Orlando as he served a suspension for picking up this 16th technical foul of the season, triggering an automatic suspension. ... While the Blazers were battling the Clippers on Tuesday, the Magic have not played since they won at Sacramento 104-97 on Sunday.
About the Blazers: Portland remained unbeaten at home (6-0) with a 105-97 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday. ... The Blazers will complete their third back-to-back of the season, and are 1-1 in the second games, beating visiting Sacramento 101-79 in the second game of the season, and losing at Phoenix 102-77 one night after beating the Lakers at home. ... The Blazers were outrebounded by the Clippers 39-34, marking the fourth consecutive game they gave up more rebounds than they got. This after winning the rebound battle in the season's first five games.
Series history: The Blazers swept the season series last season, winning 97-83 in Portland and 89-85 in Orlando. Portland leads all-time 25-19, with 13-9 edge at home.
Injuries: Center Greg Oden (left knee) will not play for the Blazers. Guard Quentin Richardson (left ankle) is questionable.
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