Stoudamire, who has expressed frustration over his playing time
and has been benched in 23 games, made just his 10th start.
"Scottie has set the tone all season long, and I just tried to
come out and keep everyone involved," Stoudamire said.
Despite Stoudamire's diminished minutes, Blazers coach Maurice
Cheeks didn't think twice about starting the 5-foot-10 point guard.
"He had been the first guard off the bench the last few
games,so when I found out Scottie wasn't playing it was a
no-brainer for me to put Damon in the starting lineup," Cheeks
said. "I knew he would start out right away giving us some energy
because that's what he does when he comes off the bench."
The Blazers, winners of three straight and seven of their last
nine, also did not start Bonzi Wells, who was coming off a one-game
Portland outscored Toronto 37-20 in the second quarter to take a
65-47 lead. When Blazers went up 81-55 in the third quarter,
Toronto's Vince Carter shook his head in frustration. He responded
with a 20-foot fadeaway jumper, but he couldn't rally his
Derek Anderson's 3-pointer put the Blazers up 87-57, and
Portland led by as many as 36. Anderson finished with 18 points.
Carter had 21 points to lead the Raptors, who have lost three
"That was a disgrace," said Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens, who
suggested he may shake up the starting lineup.
"I think you all understand and the team understands that we
can't keep talking about getting better," Carter said. "This is
ridiculous. We've got to do something about it."
Wells scored seven points in 18 minutes after a one-game
suspension by coach Maurice Cheeks for conduct detrimental to the
team. Wells reportedly argued with Cheeks during practice on
Monday. He did not play in Portland's 92-77 victory over the
SuperSonics in Seattle Tuesday night.
Ruben Patterson, who started in Wells' place, left the game in
the fourth quarter after re-aggravating a groin injury. He finished
with 14 points.
Wells has missed four games this season because of suspensions.
In November he served a one-game suspension by the league for
spitting on San Antonio's Danny Ferry. The next month, he was
suspended by the league for two games for his part in a post-game
brawl with the Golden State Warriors.
Asked if he'll continue to start Patterson rather than Wells,
Cheeks was vague.
"Not necessarily," he said. "We've been winning games with
that lineup, so I went with it."
Toronto forward Jerome Williams did not dress for the
second straight game because of a sprained neck. ... Blazers guard
Jeff McInnis left the game midway through the fourth quarter,
holding his face in a towel after being fouled. The team reported
he hurt his nose and was being examined by doctors. ... The Raptors
have gone 8-23 overall on the road, and have won just one of their
last 10 road games against Western Conference teams. ... It was the
fifth most points the Raptors had ever surrendered.