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Trail Blazers are prepared to use Gary Trent Jr. or Harry Giles more vs. Lakers

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Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony did not make the trip to Los Angeles. The team announced Sunday night that Melo is not with the team due to Health and Safety Protocols.

That means Anthony’s 20 minutes a night will be dispersed by committee.

Before Monday’s game tipped off, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts explained that with Melo out, he will make his decision on who will see more time on the floor based on matchups. 

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If they play big, I think Harry could get in – if they try and match Robert [Covington’s] minutes with [Anthony Davis] at four, but we’ll see how it goes. If they move AD to the five, there’s a chance Harry could be out there.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Coach Stotts also wasn’t ruling out the possibility of going with a small-ball second unit lineup either.

Melo’s 20 minutes will be absorbed. We could go small and Gary Trent Jr. could get a little bit more time. So we’ll just see how the game evolves.

Terry Stotts

Trent Jr. played just six minutes in Saturday's win over the Rockets, while Giles has only played four minutes of garbage time so far in this young season. 

The Lakers announced pregame that LeBron James is available for Monday’s game after being listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain, but Alex Caruso (right hand strain), who was also listed as questionable, is out.

 

Anthony Davis is on the active list after missing Sunday’s game with a right calf contusion.

The Trail Blazers and Lakers tip-off at 7:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW. Be sure to check back later tonight for videos, articles, and more.