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Damian Lillard (left hip) will start vs. Magic with no minutes restriction

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With less than a month to go until the NBA All-Star break, Portland is looking to get its starters healthy and stay healthy.

Tuesday the Blazers will have three starters back in the lineup.  

After initially being listed as probable Damian Lillard, who is dealing with a left hip contusion, will play Tuesday night against the Magic.

He and Derrick Jones Jr., who had suffered a left foot sprain that kept him out for four games, will also be inserted back into the starting lineup.

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Neither Lillard nor Jones Jr. will be on any minutes restriction, per Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.

Coach Stotts also added that Anfernee Simons will be on a 25-minute restriction due to a hamstring issue.

 

Nassir Little (left knee sprain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) are all out vs. Orlando.

As for the Magic, Orlando has also been hit hard with injury woes.

The Magic will be without Michael Carter-Williams (left foot; sprain), Evan Fournier (low back; spasms), Markelle Fultz (left knee; torn ACL), Aaron Gordon (left ankle; sprain), and Jonathan Isaac (left knee; injury recovery).

Tuesday could mark the first time that former Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu makes his return to the court since suffering a knee injury that has kept him out since November 2019.

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After sustaining a torn meniscus on Nov. 29, 2019, the Magic and Aminu worked to rehab his knee without surgery, but ultimately, the decision was made the surgery was necessary after suffering a setback during his initial rehab.  

Tuesday’s game is the first meeting between the Trail Blazers and Magic during the 2020-21 season. The second contest is slated for the Second Half of the season.

Portland swept the 2019-20 season series against Orlando, 2-0. The Blazers have swept each of the last three season series.