Heading into Sunday’s scrimmage against the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained that he is hoping to see improvement in his team’s transition defense and a better flow offense.
Coach Stotts also gave an injury update prior to Sunday's scrimmage.
In Thursday’s loss to the Pacers, the Trail Blazers were without big man Hassan Whiteside (Achilles) and rookie forward Nassir Little (concussion).
But now, in the second of three scrimmage games, Portland will be without their point guard Damian Lillard, who is dealing with inflammation in his left foot.
Stotts says Lillard had an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. From the sounds of it, it seems the inflammation is at the bottom of Lillard's left foot.
He did have an x-ray. The x-ray was negative. He just has some inflammation. I don’t expect it to be a long-term deal. Hopefully he’ll be able to play our last scrimmage. I think it’s a little bit on the bottom of his foot, but I’m not quite sure about that, but I think it is. -- Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts
Here is how Portland’s starting lineup will shake out for Sunday’s scrimmage against Toronto:
- Hassan Whiteside
- Jusuf Nurkic
- CJ McCollum
- Gary Trent Jr.
- Carmelo Anthony
Whiteside (Achilles), who is returning to action after missing the team’s first scrimmage will be limited to 20 minutes of action on Sunday, as will Zach Collins.
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As for rookie forward, Nassir Little (concussion), he will not play Sunday. Coach Stotts added that, “Nassir is doing better.”
You can watch the Blazers-Raptors scrimmage on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers starting with the pregame show at 2:30 p.m. PST.