DALLAS – It was a very unusual scene in Dallas Friday night.
Following the Trail Blazers 120-112 loss to the Mavericks, two members of the Dallas Fire & Rescue team were seen directly outside of the Blazers locker room in a separate room that is designated for players to receive treatment.
The only real noise heard throughout the extremely small visiting locker room was that of coughing.
But, it became apparent after surveying the locker room that Gary Trent, Jr. was the player in the treatment room.
The back-up shooting guard left Friday’s game at the 10:05 mark of the fourth quarter when he went back to the locker room with assistant athletic trainer Jessica Cohen.
Just before leaving the game, Trent Jr. was seen coughing and holding his chest on the bench.
The Trail Blazers announced midway through the fourth quarter that he would not return to the game due to an illness.
Heading into Friday’s game, Trent Jr. was not listed on the injury report with any type of illness; however, his teammate Damian Lillard was the latest player to be listed as questionable with an upper respiratory infection. Both CJ McCollum and Hassan Whiteside have already caught the bug and have also missed one game each due to the illness.
It was after midnight in Dallas before Trent Jr. made his way out of the treatment room.
Everyone besides Trent Jr. and Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had left the arena.
After talking with Trent Jr., it’s apparent he's got something more than what's going around this Trail Blazers team.
This is a brutal bug.
Trent Jr. looked lethargic as he walked slowly down the hallway. Weak.
He looked as if he was going to fall asleep before he got to the team bus, but, despite not having much energy, he gave an update on his health.
He was gracious enough to talk with NBCSNW as he walked to the team bus.
I just had it [for] a day or two. The team, everybody’s been sick here and there, so I guess it just caught me, but I just got an IV and [I'll] get some rest, I’ll be fine. – Trail Blazers shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. said postgame
The main issue for Trent Jr. and the rest of the Blazers right now is they are now on their way to Oklahoma City to play in the second leg of a back-to-back.
Trail Blazers PR said there will be an update on Trent Jr. at 1pm CT Saturday when the team is required to provide injury updates.
While Trent Jr. was receiving an IV postgame, CJ McCollum was talking with the media about his left ankle sprain.
McCollum says he isn’t sure the severity of his ankle, which he rolled during the second quarter of Friday’s loss.
“I was getting treatment during the game. It’s wrapped up. I’m not sure… Usually the second day is the worst, so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” McCollum said.
There also won’t be an update on McCollum until Saturday afternoon.
Between injuries and illnesses, this team is focusing on sticking together.
“Some teams go through a lot of things throughout the year, so we’re just going to show how battle tested we are, how good we can be, when things are going down like this – players are getting hurt, getting sick, we’ve just got to stay together, fight together, and it will all work out,” Trent Jr. said.
With is glazed over eyes, Trent Jr. remains positive.
That's all this team feels like they can do at this point: Rest, cold medication, and stay positive.