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Portland's Damian Lillard experienced calf cramps during return Tuesday night

Portland's Damian Lillard experienced calf cramps during return Tuesday night

Starting Cleveland center Kevin Love, the veteran from Lake Oswego High, had seven points on 2-for-4 shooting in the first half and finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulls now boast a record of 13-23, tied for 11th in the East with two other teams.

"The good thing about basketball is they say you've got the next game, but you always have two halves", Napier said. Portland ranks third in defensive efficiency while the Hawks rank 18th in offensive efficiency.

CJ McCollum led the way with 32 points, six in OT. Though his stellar field goal percentage took a hit, his overall game was excellent and he had a mammoth night on the offensive glass with 6 offensive boards and 9 total rebounds.

As the Cavaliers continue to fine-tune their offense, they'll be taking on a Portland club that is trying to break away from the middle of the Western Conference pack.

The Blazers were down 53-52 to the Bulls as of halftime.

In fact, the Cavs have excelled at home this season, winning 12-straight at The Q, which is good for their longest home win streak in a single season since the 2014-15 campaign (18 straight, 1/19/15-4/5/15).




Atlanta might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they square off against one of the league's best defenses.

They return home to play the Atlanta Hawks on January 5. The game ultimately finished with Portland losing by 17.

In 17 games off the bench this season, Baker is averaging 3.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. - The Bulls have had a grueling schedule in the past week. They will return home to face Atlanta on Friday and San Antonio on Sunday. Atlanta begins a five-game road trip Tuesday in Phoenix. That is more than twice the points the Cavaliers score (386) in these play sets. Portland G Damien Lillard was out with a right hamstring injury.

Mirotic is in great form and has been impressive in his five career games against the Trail Blazers. Point guard Kris Dunn has been especially improved since Mirotic returned (15.3 points per game over the last 13 contests).

Lillard was terrific when these sides last met.

The Trail Blazers lost to the Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday, 104-89, allowing 100-plus points on the road for just the eighth time this season.

Rookie John Collins was having trouble with his finishing at the rim in this game, only going 2 of 8 from the field for 5 points.


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