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Pregame Notebook: Gary Trent Jr. is OUT vs. Clippers, no timeline on Zach Collins

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Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest updates hours before tip-off during his pregame interview at Staples Center. 

Stotts said that Gary Trent Jr., who has been dealing with a right calf strain, will not play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

Trent Jr. was initially listed as questionable. He was seen stretching out his calves behind the Blazers bench during the second half of Monday’s win over the Lakers. Following Monday’s game, Coach Stotts said that the 21-year-old wing was “cramping up.”

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Trent Jr. brought instant offense to Portland’s win over the Lakers, but the Blazers were also without Carmelo Anthony, who, at the time, did not travel with the team due to Health and Safety Protocols.

Melo is now back with the team. Stotts said he will “most likely” play Wednesday.

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The Clippers announced pregame that Kawhi Leonard is available for Wednesday's contest. But L.A. will be without Marcus Morris Sr. (right knee; soreness).

The Trail Blazers have also listed Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) and Nassir Little (Health and Safety Protocols) as out. Portland also announced Wednesday morning that Collins underwent revision surgery to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture. He is out indefinitely.

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Coach Stotts talked about how disappointing it was when he first heard about Collins’ setback.

I just really feel bad for Zach. He’s such a good young man. I like him as a person. He’s had [a rough] 14 months… And who knows what he has in front of him. I feel bad for him. I know he’ll work hard to come back, just like he did from his shoulder, just like he did from his foot.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Coach Stotts also added that he does not have an update on Collins’ timeframe.

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