It is the second night of a back-to-back for the Trail Blazers as Portland gets set to host the Sixers.
Before tonight’s game Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Sixers head coach Brett Brown gave updates to the media.
Stotts discussed how he feels that Meyers Leonard is most likely having his best season of his career. He has been pleased with his progression and how confident Leonard has been this year.
The Sixers pose a few challenges for the Blazers with big man Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler and Coach Stotts addressed both players’ strengths.
Coach Stotts also talked about what tonight’s game could look like with Embiid not on the floor.
“I think it changes more for them, than for us. Obviously, the guys will have more of an impact on the game. We’ll see if he doesn’t play… who gets those minutes and how Brett decides to rotate his players,” Stotts said.
UPDATE: Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless (left knee) will NOT play tonight.
Hear from Coach Stotts:
Sixers Injury Update: Joel Embiid (left knee) was initially listed as questionable, but he has now been downgraded to OUT for tonight’s contest.
Coach Brown says the training staff is not worried about Embiid’s knee soreness.
“We’ll figure out what’s gonna happen tomorrow and go from there. It’s not anything that we’re concerned about – just reacting to, you know, his thoughts and the medical staff thoughts that perhaps it might be best to sit,” Brown said.
The Sixers will start Amir Johnson in place of the injured Embiid.
Hear from Coach Brett Brown: