DALLAS -- Before the Trail Blazers and Mavericks tip-off at 6:30p.m. PT tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed how everything for Dallas goes through Luka Doncic.
But, don’t expect the Trail Blazers to double Doncic, and put as much focus on him like the Blazers defended James Harden in Wednesday’s win over the Rockets.
“They’re different players. I don’t know if the same tactics against him would be as successful against him versus Harden,” Stotts said.
Coach Stotts also added that this is a Dallas team who really spaces the floor well, but also crashes the boards hard adding, “one thing that gets overlooked is their offensive rebounding.”
As for Damian Lillard (upper respiratory illness), who was listed as questionable this afternoon, said he will play tonight in Dallas.
HEAR FROM COACH STOTTS HERE:
BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:
Damian Lillard (upper respiratory illness) and Mario Hezonja (lower back contusion) are available for tonight's game.￼
MAVERICKS INJURY REPORT:
Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) and Ryan Broekhoff (left fibula fracture) are out.
STANDOUT GAME NOTES:
-- Friday’s game is the second of four meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Mavericks this season. Portland leads the season series, 1-0.
-- LAST MEETING: The Trail Blazers beat the Mavericks in Dallas on Oct. 27, 121-119. CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 35 points (13- 26 FG, 1-4 3-PT, 8-8 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Kristaps Porzingis paced the Mavericks with 32 points (11-23 FG, 3-10 3-PT, 7-10 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
-- Portland has shot at least 45.0% from the field in nine of their last 10 games against the Mavericks. The Trail Blazers shot 51.7% from the field and 40.9% from the three-point line at Dallas on Oct. 27.
-- Damian Lillard had 28 points (10-20 FG, 1-7 3-PT, 7-9 FT), three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block at Dallas on Oct. 27. Lillard has scored at least 28 points in each of his last nine games against Dallas.