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Lillard set to return for Blazers with a starting lineup shakeup vs. Raptors

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Amidst a four-game road trip, the Portland Trail Blazers are facing their former teammates Sunday in Tampa, Florida as they face the Toronto Raptors.

Portland will also get its starting point guard back while shaking up the starting lineup.

Damian Lillard sat out of the Blazers' second leg of a back-to-back Friday night in Orlando due to a left knee contusion.

He was then upgraded to questionable on the latest Trail Blazers injury report.

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But according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Lillard will only miss one game with the knee contusion.

The Blazers are also sliding their newest addition shooting guard/small forward Norman Powell into the starting lineup for Derrick Jones Jr.  

This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had already mentioned that he would likely play the three-guard lineup.


He's done it in the past with Shabazz Napier and Seth Curry and has dabbled in it this season with a Lillard, McCollum, Trent, Jr. combo. 

Now, we'll get to see what kind of firepower Powell can add to the full starting lineup, playing alongside Lillard. 

In his Portland debut, Powell scored 22 points, which was a franchise record for most points in a mid-season debut to go along with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

As a starter this season in 28 games, Powell is averaging 23.5 points while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor.

On Sunday, just three days after the Blazers and Raptors trade, Portland will square off against Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood and Powell will face his former teammates as a Blazers starter.

Now that the Blazers will have the lengthy Derrick Jones Jr. coming off the bench, DJJ will provide some much needed defensive help to Portland's second unit.

The Blazers and Raptors tip-off at 4:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.