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Trail Blazers anticipate Derrick Jones Jr. will be available vs. Clippers

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The Trail Blazers could use all the length they have when it comes to Tuesday’s road game against the L.A. Clippers. 

With tough tests against the Clippers and Jazz this week, it looks like the Blazers will be as healthy and have as complete of a roster as they’re going to have for the foreseeable future. 

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Derrick Jones Jr., who had suffered a right quad contusion back on Mar 25 in the Blazers win over the Miami Heat, played through the pain.

But after getting hit multiple times in that right quad over a four-game span, Jones Jr. sat out of Saturday’s home game against the Thunder.

The good news though:

The Trail Blazers small forward went through Monday’s practice.

We anticipate him to play tomorrow. We’ll see how he is. Today was a non-contact practice so he was able to go through the things that we did.

-- Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

As the Blazers prepare for the Clippers, Coach Stotts discussed the challenges that L.A. poses with its length.

 

With a 33-18 record good for third in the West, the Clippers have imposed their big lineups on teams.

Coupled with hot shooting from three and great one-on-one play from Kahwi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers make it difficult on teams. But especially for a team who has struggled to sustain a high-level of defense.

In the Blazers last meeting against the Clippers on Dec. 30, L.A. defeated Portland, 128-105.

In the win, Leonard led the way with 28 points.

But the Blazers aren’t planning to change their game plan or rotation for Tuesday’s contest.

“I think we’ve got to play our best players and hopefully Derrick will be able to play and will give some length, but we’ve got to play our game and we’ve got to play as well as we can.”

We have to do what we can to minimize their length and their ability to play one-on-one.

Terry Stotts

Coach Stotts added that he will be using the three-guard lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Norman Powell. He did not say if Powell or Jones Jr. would start at three, but he added, “hopefully that lineup out plays their lineup.”

The Trail Blazers and Clippers tip-off at 7:00p.m. PT Tuesday on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.