ATLANTA – Portland is looking to take advantage of the Atlanta Hawks playing in the second night of a back-to-back.
The Trail Blazers and Hawks will tip-off at 4:30p.m. PT tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed tonight’s matchup in his pregame media availability.
Coach Stotts mentioned that Trae Young has been able to ‘navigate things easier and makes fewer mistakes.’ Stotts also made sure to add that his team has to respect Hawks big man John Collins from behind the arc because he has become a consistent three-point shooter. Stotts emphasized that Young and Collins have a good two-man game with their pick and roll action as well.
Stotts also gave his thoughts on how the season has gone for second-year player Anfernee Simons. Simons is averaging 9.0 points, 1.5 assists, and 2.4 rebounds this season.
“I think he’s going through what you’ve kind of expect from a young player,” Stotts said. “He’s had some good games. He’s had some tough times… Like a lot of young players getting a chance he’s been up and down.”
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BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:
Damian Lillard (right groin strain), Rodney Hood (left ruptured Achilles tendon), Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), and Jusuf Nurkic (left leg fracture) are out for Saturday’s game vs. Atlanta.
HAWKS INJURY REPORT:
DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal pain), Clint Capela (plantar fasciitis), Dewayne Dedmon (right elbow pain), and Skal Labissiere (left knee chondral injury) are out.
STANDOUT GAME NOTES:
-- Thursday's meeting will round out the two-game series between the Trail Blazers and Hawks during the 2019-20 season. Portland leads the season series, 1-0.
-- The Trail Blazers have won four consecutive games against the Hawks, dating back to Jan. 5, 2018.
-- Portland and Atlanta rank second and third in the NBA in pick-and-rolls per game. The Trail Blazers run 27.3 pick-and-rolls per game, while the Hawks runs 26.7.
-- LAST MEETING: Portland defeated Atlanta in double-overtime, 124-113, at Moda Center on Nov. 10. Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points (8-17 FG, 3-9 3-PT, 11-12 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal, while Trae Young paced Atlanta with 35 points (9-30 FG, 3-13 3-PT, 14-17 FT), eight rebounds, 10 assist and three steals.
-- CJ McCollum scored 23 points (11-23 FG, 1-6 3-PT) to go with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in Portland's Nov. 10 win over Atlanta. McCollum has scored at least 20 points in six of his last seven games against the Hawks, with the exception coming when he scored 18 on Dec. 30, 2017.
-- Trae Young has scored at least 25 points in each of his three career games against Portland, including two games of 30-plus points. His 30.3 career scoring average against Portland is his third-highest against any team.
-- John Collins scored at least 20 points in both of his games against Portland during the 2018-19 season, averaging 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over those two games. He missed the Nov. 10 game against the Trail Blazers.