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After the Blazers 121-113 Game 1 loss to the Nuggets on Monday night, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was asked how his team can better defend Denver’s big man Nikola Jokic, who scored 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting. “

It’s a seven-game series,” Stotts said. “I think both teams feel like they can play better. That’s part of an NBA series. There’s an urgency to it. You don’t want to get behind the eight ball and put yourself in a bad position. Winning on the road is difficult. The importance of Game 2 becomes even more important with the loss and that’s obvious to everybody.”

The Blazers have had one day in between Game 1 and 2 to make adjustments.

The good news – Enes Kanter, who has been dealing with left shoulder pain, is not on the Blazers injury report for Game 2.


GAME DETAILS

Where to Watch: TNT

Tip-Off Time: 6:00 p.m. 

Point spread: Denver -3.5

NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (5:30 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game). 

Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio
 

INJURY UPDATES

For the Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) is out for Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Denver.

 

For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. (lower back) is out.


QUICK LINKS

Dwight Jaynes: Trail Blazers need to play better defense... Or maybe better offense

Jamie Hudson: Rodney Hood is getting his name called and he's ready

VIDEO: Solving the puzzle that is Nikola Jokić

VIDEO: How Blazers look to control the flow in Game 2

VIDEO: Kanter understands what's at stake



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