Portland (16-19) at Los Angeles (15-19)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Jan 13, 2004
  • TV: KGW, FSW2
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Missing Rasheed Wallace won’t help the Portland Trail Blazers solve their problems on the road.

The Trail Blazers can only hope their star forward will be healthy enough to take the court when they meet the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Wallace missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle Sunday as the Trail Blazers lost 83-72 on the road to the Toronto Raptors.

Wallace, injured in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, is listed as day-to-day. He is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Portland again tries for a good effort on the road, where it has lost 14 of 16 games.

“It seems at times like we are just out there,” Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire said. “There is really no explanation for the effort that we give sometimes. We tend to think teams are going to come out and roll over and die.”

Derek Anderson, who had a season-high 19 points for Portland in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday, shot 0-for-10 from field Sunday and finished with two points.

Jeff McInnis had 20 points for the Trail Blazers. He is averaging 16.6 points in his last three games.

Corey Maggette returned from a suspension and Quentin Richardson came back from an injury, but the Clippers lost 108-107 in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Maggette, returning from a two-game suspension following his fight with New Jersey’s Kenyon Martin, had 21 points.

Richardson, who sat out Friday’s win over Toronto because of a sprained right hand, played 15 minutes and missed all three shots he took before leaving the game with 9:14 left in the first half. His status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.

“It just wasn’t up to the level where I was going to be able to be effective,” Richardson said. “I didn’t know it until I actually got in the game. When you’re shooting around before the game, it’s not the same.”

Marko Jaric had a season-high 23 points and eight assists for the Clippers.

Elton Brand had 17 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:56 left in overtime. He is averaging 20.6 points and 12.6 rebounds in his last three games.

Clippers guard Doug Overton didn’t play because of a sprained left foot. His status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 11): Trail Blazers - 4th place, 10 GB, Pacific Division. Clippers - 5th place, 10 1/2 GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Trail Blazers - F Qyntel Woods, F Zach Randolph, C Dale Davis, G McInnis, G Damon Stoudamire. Clippers - F Maggette, F Brand, C Chris Kaman, G Richardson, G Jaric.

TEAM LEADERS: Trail Blazers - Randolph, 21.9 ppg and 11.1 rpg; Stoudamire, 5.8 apg. Clippers - Maggette, 20 ppg; Brand, 12.2 rpg; Jaric, 4.2 apg.

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Trail Blazers, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: April 16; Clippers, 107-93. At Los Angeles, five players scored in double figures for the Clippers, who shot 56 percent.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Trail Blazers - 2-14 on the road; Clippers - 11-9 at home.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers - F Wallace (ankle); F Travis Outlaw (knee); C Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. Clippers - G Richardson (hand); C Olden Polynice (neck); F Melvin Ely (flu); C Josh Moore (back); G Overton (foot).

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