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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Who is available vs. the Sixers?

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The Portland Trail Blazers (11-9) have two more contests remaining on their current six-game road trip. 

And they’re limping to the finish line of this trip as they get set to face the Philadelphia 76ers (16-6) Thursday night.

The Sixers will be playing in the second night of back-to-back and will be without Ben Simmons (left calf; tightness), Terrance Ferguson (health and safety protocols), and Mike Scott (right knee; swelling).

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But as injury woes continue for Portland, the Blazers will have only nine players available Thursday night.

Something to keep in mind: The league’s minimum of active players for a game to be played is eight.

Here’s the full list of injured Blazers:

  • Damian Lillard (abdominal strain)
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain)
  • Nassir Little (left knee sprain)
  • CJ McCollum (left foot fracture)
  • Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture)
  • Zach Collins (left ankle fracture)

Lillard is the most recent Trail Blazer to be added to the injury report after mentioning his abdominal issues following Tuesday’s game against the Wizards. He started the first 20 games of the season.

 

Ahead of Thursday’s contest, Terry Stotts said that Lillard “is day-to-day. We’ll see how he feels when we get to New York.”

With McCollum and Lillard out, there’s plenty of minutes to go around for Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr., but Simons is still dealing with a hamstring issue.

Coach Stotts said that Simons is on a 20-minute restriction.

So, get ready to see rookie CJ Elleby against the Sixers.

Thursday’s contest will be the first of two matchups between Portland and Philadelphia during the 2020-21 season. The Sixers will visit the Blazers on Feb. 11th.

Catch the Trail Blazers young guns in action against the 76ers at 5:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.