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Gary Trent Jr. is QUESTIONABLE for Wednesday's game vs. Clippers

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Portland's second unit is coming together as Trail Blazers veteran Rodney Hood noted after Tuesday’s practice.

But now one of the Blazers’ key pieces to the bench and an integral part in Portland’s win over the Lakers Monday is dealing with an injury.

Coming off a 28-point game in which he tied a career-high with seven made threes, Gary Trent Jr. is now listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the L.A. Clippers.

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The Blazers announced that Trent Jr. is dealing with a right calf strain.

Trent Jr. was seen stretching out his calves behind the Blazers bench during the second half of Monday’s contest. Following the win over the Lakers, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that the 21-year-old wing was “cramping up.”

Trent Jr. played the most minutes of any bench player Monday with 24.

 

He also proved once again why he deserves a spot in the rotation after quickly coming in and knocking down two threes on his way to tying his career-high with seven made three-pointers. 

Following Tuesday’s practice, Hood, who said he is feeling more comfortable after returning from his torn Achilles injury, had a lot of praise for the young Gary Trent Jr.

I’m proud of him, man.  I love it. He’s a worker. He’s really worked himself into the player he is right now. The sky is the limit for him. That’s a guy who at the beginning of last year wasn’t sometimes even dressing out and now he’s one of the upcoming stars in the league.

Rodney Hood on Gary Trent Jr.

So much has been made of Portland’s depth this season and the tough decisions Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has to make with dividing up Carmelo Anthony’s minutes with Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons and Hood.

Which Hood discussed Tuesday.

“Our second unit, I think we are one of the deepest teams in the league," Hood said. "Every single night, Coach is going to have to make decisions on who to leave out there at the end of games and that’s a great problem to have. But every guy wants to play for each other. I think we can really take pride in not having a drop off when guys are taking a rest.”