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Damian Lillard is OUT against San Antonio Spurs Friday night

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The Trail Blazers (31-23) tip-off a two-game road trip when Portland visits the San Antonio Spurs (26-27) Friday night before facing the Charlotte Hornets Sunday.

After Portland’s initial injury report was sent out Thursday afternoon, Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) was the only player listed as out while he continues to rehab his ankle.

But as the Blazers prepared for the Spurs Friday afternoon, Damian Lillard was added to the injury report.

Lillard will sit out of Friday’s contest due to right hamstring tendinopathy.

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Ahead of the Blazers and Spurs game, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest updates on Lillard.

From the sounds of it, there wasn’t a specific play that Lillard suffered the injury, but rather more of a nagging issue.

“He felt it yesterday in practice… Today it was still bothering him,” Coach Stotts explained. “He wasn’t getting any better. So it felt like it was best to not play tonight.”

 

Coach Stotts also added that Derrick Jones Jr. will slide into the starting lineup with Lillard out.

CJ McCollum will run point with Norman Powell helping with the ball handling duties. The Blazers will have a lengthy starting five against the Spurs.

And that’s what Stotts is looking forward to with DJJ playing alongside Robert Covington and Norman Powell.

“Defensively it gives us some length, gives us some ability to switch some matchups… Very versatile at the defensive end."

Portland and San Antonio tip-off at 5:30p.m. PT on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Stotts said that it is too early to tell if Lillard will be available for Sunday's game in Charlotte.