Maccabi Haifa Visits Portland Trailblazers

By the time it finishes its four-team tour, Haifa will be ranked second among international teams playing NBA opponents, trailing only Mac. TA.

AP

Maccabi Haifa will try to bounce back from a loss against the Washington Wizards when it visits the Portland Trailblazers Friday night in Oregon in the second leg of its four-city NBA tour.

Haifa led by as much as eight points in the second half in Washington, DC, before succumbing to the Wizards 101-95 on Wednesday. Dagan Yivzori paced the Greens on his 29th birthday with 23 points. Haifa shot an impressive 57.1% from three-point range to stay in the game.

The Haifa contest will be the Trail Blazers' final home exhibition game of the season. Haifa is an unknown quantity for the hosts, according to The Oregonian.

"I did read ... they only have one guy coming back from last year's team that played significant minutes," said Terry Stotts head coach of the Trail Blazers. "They were a very good defensive team last year. So I imagine that's what they hang their hat on."

After Portland, Maccabi Haifa will face the Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors. It is the fourth time in five years that Haifa has played against NBA competition in North America. According to NBA.com, by the time Haifa is done it will have played more NBA opponents than any other international team save Maccabi Tel Aviv, surpassing Barcelona and CSKA Moscow.