Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers forward Gary Trent, Jr. is celebrating with a different type of cocktail on his birthday... a medicinal one. 

A day removed from leaving the game vs. the Mavericks early to receive IV treatment, Trent, Jr. is feeling a lot better. 

"Way better," Trent, Jr. said Saturday ahead of the Trail Blazers game vs. OKC. "I got some rest. I wasn’t able to sleep the past couple of days, just from congestion, being tired, sore and achy."

Trent, Jr. said he was diagnosed with flu-like symptoms pregame in Dallas, though he wasn't listed on the Blazers original injury report. 

When Trent, Jr. left the game early in the fourth quarter, it caught many by surprise. To see Dallas Fire & Rescue in the locker room postgame was even more of one. 

"After the IV got into my system, I felt stronger, more energetic," the Blazers second-year forward said. 

Trent, Jr. said he's taking an antiviral medicine for treatment of flu, Tylenol and IBProfen.

He was also given a water bottle, along with the rest of the team, filled with electrolytes to drink pregame. 

"There’s still some congestion there," he said. "Still some weakness."

"But, hey, it’s part of your job. It’s what you signed up for. You’ve got to go ahead and do what you do."

But what will Trent, Jr.'s level of participation be? He is on the active roster and checked in midway through the first quarter. Already down a handful of players, the Blazers reportedly made a trade that sent two more players out of town: Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver. 

 

It left Terry Stotts, Gary Trent, Jr., and the Trail Blazers in a unique position and GT is playing through it.

"[I'll do] whatever I can do to help this team, whether that’s cheering on the team or playing. I’m all for it."

The Trail Blazers are currently in-action vs. the Thunder on NBCSNW.