Before the Trail Blazers and Spurs tip-off at 7:00p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed the Skal Labissiere move, how he deals with the trade deadline, and how he didn’t doubt that LaMarcus Aldridge would become a good three-pointer shooter.
Coach Stotts said he’ll miss Labissiere and so will his players, but everyone understands it was a financial decision.
Stotts also added that leading up to the trade deadline, he doesn’t get caught up in any possible moves. He’s also been happy with the current roster makeup.
“We’ve been playing well. We had a flat game against Denver… Obviously, our starting unit is playing well… From my standpoint, nothing really changes. Our focus is always on the next game.”
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BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:
Nassir Little (left ankle sprain), Rodney Hood (left ruptured Achilles tendon), Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), and Jusuf Nurkic (left leg fracture) are out for Thursday's game vs. San Antonio.
SPURS INJURY REPORT:
Luka Samanic (G League) and Quinndary Weatherspoon (Two-way) are out.
STANDOUT GAME NOTES:
-- Thursday’s game will bring an end to the three game series between the Trail Blazers and Spurs during the 2019-20 season. The season series is tied, 1-1.
-- LAST MEETING: The Trail Blazers defeated the Spurs 121-116, in San Antonio on Nov. 16. CJ McCollum paced Portland with 32 points (13-25 FG, 6-11 3-PT), six rebounds and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 30 points (12-20 FG, 2-5 3-PT, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and one block.
-- CLOSELY CONTESTED: Eight of the last 11 games between Portland and San Antonio have been decided by single digits, including each of the last four. • CJ McCollum is averaging 29.5 points (48.9% FG, 52.9% 3-PT, 80.0% FT), 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games against San Antonio this season.
--CJ McCollum has scored at least 20 points in six of his last eight games against the Spurs, and tied a career-high with seven 3-PM on Feb. 7 of 2019.
--Damian Lillard recorded 22 points (4-19 FG, 1-9 3-PT, 13-13 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal against the Spurs on Nov. 16. Lillard has scored at least 20 points in each of his last seven games against San Antonio, recording three or more made threes in five of those outings.
--Hassan Whiteside added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (5-5 FT), to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks against San Antonio on Nov. 16. Whiteside has recorded a double-double in five of his last seven games against the Spurs, dating back to his time with the Heat.