Early season injuries have forced Coach Stotts to try multiple starting lineups. With starting power forward Zach Collins out with a dislocated shoulder, Stotts has turned to both Anthony Tolliver and Mario Hezonja to start in his place. The results, however, have not been what he had hoped.
So, looking in infuse some more energy and a spark into the lineup, Stotts chose to give rookie Nassir Little the first start of his career against the Raptors:
Before the game even tipped off, the news of Little getting the start had Trail Blazers fans hyped:
The hype didn’t stop there. Once the game got rolling, the fans were electric anytime Little made a play. A few nice shots, a monster block, and hustle all around. Little ended the night with seven points, a block, and a career-high five rebounds. Rip City was in love with Little and took to social media to tell about it.
Love the effort from Nassir. This team sorely needs someone like him.— Alex Tam (@alexctam) November 14, 2019
Said Coach Stotts after the game, "I thought he had a really good game, I thought he held his own with (Pascal) Siakam defensively, brought a lot of energy, and played hard. So I was very pleased with the way he played."
So was Rip City. The question now is, will he get the start again when the Blazers take on the Spurs this Saturday?