PORTLAND, OREGON (TICKER) —The Portland Trail Blazers will have star forward Rasheed Wallace back on the floor Friday when they host the Chicago Bulls, who continue a five-game road trip at the Rose Garden.
Wallace has missed the last seven games after he was suspended by the league for confronting an official in the parking lot following a victory over Memphis on January 15. He leads the Trail Blazers in scoring (17.4 points per game), rebounds (8.1 per game) and blocks (1.03).
Portland won five of its seven games without Wallace but suffered a 95-71 loss to the Utah Jazz in the final game of his suspension on Wednesday.
Zach Randolph scored 15 points and Jeff McInnis added 11 for the Blazers, who lost for just the fourth time in their last 14 games.
Portland could not withstand a sub-par effort from Bonzi Wells, who was held to six points, including just two in the second half. Wells is second on the team with 16.5 points per game.
The Blazers have won four of their last five games and are 13-6 at the Rose Garden this season.
Chicago opened its road trip with a 77-75 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Chicago has lost two straight road games since winning in Orlando on January 20 and is a league-worst 2-21 on the road this season.
Rookie Jay Williams is expected to return for the Bulls on Friday after missing five games with a sprained ankle. The second overall pick in the draft is averaging 9.5 points per game and is first among rookies with 5.3 assists per contest.
Williams could have an interesting matchup as the Blazers have been using former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen at point guard.
The Bulls snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Blazers with a 102-87 victory at the United Center on December 31. They have lost their last three visits to the Rose Garden dating to January 29, 1998.