The Trail Blazers will suit up nine players against the Golden State Warriors Monday night with rookie two-way player Moses Brown brought up from the G League for Monday’s game.
Before the Blazers and Warriors tipped off on national television, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest updates on his banged up team.
He wouldn’t give too much of an update on McCollum’s left sprained ankle.
I’m not going to necessarily comment on the severity or when he’s going to come back or anything like that… Yeah, go ahead and ask me every game… Whatever testing was done it’s manageable. – Terry Stotts on CJ McCollum’s ankle.
HEAR FROM COACH STOTTS HERE:
BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:
CJ McCollum (left ankle sprain) is out for Monday's game vs. Golden State.
WARRIORS INJURY REPORT:
Glenn Robinson III (right ankle sprain), Steph Curry (left hand fracture), Jacob Evans (concussion), Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), and Klay Thompson (left acl rehabilitation) are out.
Even though Draymond Green is not on the injured list it sounds like he will not play due to an illness.
Eight* healthy bodies— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 21, 2020
STANDOUT GAME NOTES:
-- Monday’s contest will mark the third of four meetings between the Trail Blazers and Warriors during the 2019-20 season. The season series is tied, 1-1.
-- LAST MEETING: The Trail Blazers beat the Warriors, 122-112 in Portland on Dec. 18. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 31 points (9-20 FG, 2-8 3-PT, 11-13 FT) to go with five rebounds and a season-high 13 assists while D’Angelo Russell paced the Warriors with 26 points (9-23 FG, 5-12 3-PT, 3-4 FT), seven assists and two blocks.
-- AT THE LINE: Golden State and Portland are the two best free-throw shooting teams in the NBA, at 81.0% and 80.9% respectively.
-- In two games against Golden State this season, Damian Lillard has averaged 35.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.00 block. He has scored at least 29 points in each of his last four games against the Warriors. Lillard has a career scoring average of 27.7 against the Warriors, which is his highest scoring average against any team in the NBA.
-- Hassan Whiteside had 16 points (8-14 FG) and pulled down a season-high 23 rebounds to go with two blocks against the Warriors on Dec. 18. Whiteside has averaged 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in two games against Golden State this season.
-- D’Angelo Russell has scored 20-plus points in four of his last five games against the Trail Blazers. In those five games, Russell has averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists.