Blazers visit new-look Timberwolves
Blazers look to start anew: Minnesota will be the second game of a six-game road trip for the Blazers. Portland is coming off a 126-117 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the loss, Damian Lillard finished with a near triple-double with 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. LeBron James finished with a season-high 44 points.
Update on Seth Curry: Seth Curry suffered a right knee injury in the first half against the Lakers and did not return to the game. An MRI taken confirmed that Curry has a right patellar bone bruise. Curry is OUT for Friday's game at Minnesota. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Curry is now day-to-day.
New look Timberwolves: It was on Monday of this week that the trade between the Timberwolves and 76ers was official. And since trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia, the Timberwolves are 2-0 with wins over the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans. In the T-Wolves 107-100 win over New Orleans Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds. It was the first game for Robert Covington and Dario Saric in Timberwolves' jerseys after being acquired in the Butler trade. As a starter, Covington scored 13 points, to go along with seven rebounds and two steals, while Saric added nine points and three rebounds off the bench.
Per Trail Blazers PR, an MRI confirms Seth Curry has a right patellar bone bruise. Curry is OUT for Friday's game at Minnesota.
As for the Timberwolves, Jerryd Bayless (left knee) is OUT and Derrick Rose (left knee) is QUESTIONABLE for Friday's contest.
Blazers vs. Timberwolves Recent History
Friday's game is the second of four meetings between the Blazers and Timberwolves this season. Portland beat Minnesota at home, 111-81 back on November 4th. Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the blowout victory in which Jimmy Butler sat out to rest.
The Trail Blazers are 3-2 on the road this season.
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Where to Watch: NBC Sports Northwest
Tip-Off Time: 5:00 p.m.
NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (4:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game)
Point Spread: Portland -1.5
Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio