While much of the talk about the Trail Blazers has been around the recent return of CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic’s plans to return to game action in the coming weeks, Portland will have another reinforcement Thursday.
Before the Trail Blazers and Pelicans meet for a second time this week, the Blazers have updated their injury report.
After initially being listed as 'probable,' the Blazers have now announced that backup center Harry Giles has been upgraded to available for Thursday's contest.
Giles suffered a calf injury on Valentine’s Day during the Trail Blazers 121-118 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He was spotted in a walking boot in the first 24 hours after suffering the injury, but no timetable was given on his return to the court.
For the first time since suffering that calf strain, Giles will return to the Blazers rotation behind center Enes Kanter, who has been starting since Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) got injured in January. In 22 games this season, Giles has averaged 3.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds in 11.8 minutes of play.
There’s no word yet on if Giles will be on a minutes restriction, but head coach Terry Stotts will certainly have some juggling to do with McCollum and Giles back in the fold.