Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the Trail Blazers and Pelicans this season.
Portland will be playing in the second game of this current three-game trip that wraps up on Saturday at San Antonio. The Blazers are coming off a 125-104 victory over the LA Clippers on Tuesday.
Since the All-Star break, and not trading Anthony Davis, New Orleans has gone 4-7.
Before tonight’s game both Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry addressed the media to give injury updates and more.
Pelicans Injury Update: New Orleans initially listed Trevon Bluiett (right thumb), Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal) and E'Twaun Moore (left quad) as out for Friday's game. This afternoon New Orleans added Anthony Davis (rest) to the list as out.
Coach Gentry said an update on Holiday and Moore “will be made at the start of next week.” As for Davis, the Pelicans decided he would not play in the Portland game, but will play in the Phoenix game tomorrow.
Gentry also handed out his keys to beating the Trail Blazers:
“I think for us, we’ve got to do a good job on their guards, you know, they’re the thing that make the team go. Their big guys are playing really well. [Jusuf] Nurkic has really had a great year. So, they’re a big team, but I think it comes down to being able to control the guards, [Damian ] Lillard and CJ [McCollum,” Gentry said.
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Blazers Injury Update: Rodney Hood (right hip) is available, Seth Curry (upper respiratory) is probable and Maurice Harkless (left knee) is out tonight.
Portland is taking precaution with Harkless since the Blazers are getting set to play in a back-to-back.
There are has been a lot of drama surrounding the Pelicans after Davis was vocal about wanting out of New Orleans. With the tough situation, Coach Stotts gave credit to Coach Gentry for keeping his team competitive.
“Alvin’s done a real good job of keeping his team motivated,” Stotts said.
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