Phoenix preview, time, TV channel, and location: Damian Lillard expects to play in at least one of his final 2 preseason games
Damian Lillard, the guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, took Monday night off to get some rest after what he described as a long week of practice.
Following Tuesdays workout, he said, "Up and down, defensive drills conditioning, doing a lot of stuff like that."
Lillard, 31, said he would have felt good playing in Monday nights 107-93 loss to Sacramento at the Moda Center given that if a preseason game were ahead, it is typical for him to miss dozens of games.
The Blazers will play their final two preseason games at 2 p.m. Lillard hopes to play at least one of the two games on Wednesday at Phoenix, followed by a 7 p.m. game Friday at Golden State. One thing he and the team wont do is overthink trying to win a preseason game. The regular season kicks off a week from Wednesday and the Blazers are 0-2 with two lopsided defeats.
I think you try to get a game in when you play fewer minutes, Lillard said. Ive seen teams play guys all the time in the preseason. Ive usually played two games in the preseason, sometimes three, and one 30-plus minute game. But I stayed all summer. Im in good shape. Even in the very first game against Golden State, I felt well. I felt comfortable. I feel like weve gotten to the point where, its not like the preseason isnt necessary, but I don think we need to go out there and try and show that we can win a game.
A recurring issue for Lillard in the past has been that he has abdominal pain that typically begins during training camp before subsiding. Last year, the strain began early in the regular season. Lillard said his abdomen tightened up during training camp, but it wasnt too painful. He sat out a day and he felt relief after surviving for ten days.
Ive been good ever since, Lillard said.
Lillard, who played for USA Basketball in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, said he has been training his body ever since, including doing pilates, and that has helped.
Winning Wednesday or Friday at Golden State will most likely be determined by availability. The Blazers had eight players in their 2-2 draw against the Kings. Lillard, Robert Covington (rest), CJ McCollum (right ankle sprain), Norman Powell (left hip strain), Ben McLemore ( left ankle injury), Tony Snell ( right foot strained), or Nassir Little (just hamstring strain) or Cody Zeller (nose fracture) didnt play.
The team released its injury report Tuesday evening, and it appears that several players will return to action.
McCollum, Powell, and McLemore are all considered probable. However, Anfernee Simons (right thumb strain) is questioned. Snell, Little, and Zeller will not be playing.
DENNIS SMITH JR.
After two solid performances in the preseason and a strong showing during training camp, Guard Dennis Smith Jr. appears to be the front-runner to earn the teams 14th roster spot.
Chauncey Billups, the Blazers' coach, said following Smith's 18-point performance Monday against Sacramento, that the former lottery pick has performed well and is doing exactly what is being asked of him.
For more on Smith, read this article on OregonLive.com.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS at PHOENIX SUNS at the SEA TOWN HALL
What: Trail Blazers take on Suns, preseason game at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 23rd.
Where: Footprint Arena, Phoenix, Arizona.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM) is a radio station in Ripping City, California.
Channel 5 of the TV channel is a TV show that airs on tv. Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 34/734, DirecTV 687/688)
Watch the game live online. If you already have a cable provider that includes ROOT sports and want to watch online, you may watch this game live on ROOST Sports Live with your cable providers login.
Root Sports is not a channel currently available on most streaming services, but it is available to stream live on AT&T TV (promotional offers) with the CHOICE package. While it is a little more than you would expect, you may offset the cost by sharing the login information with s/he or she. AT&T TV is currently the only streaming service that offers ROOT (although fuboTV claims to have a deal in place to add ROOST very soon).
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PHOENIX SUNS - HISTORY OPINION
Phoenix (2-1) will begin its preseason campaign against the Blazers on Tuesday. The Suns just won back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Lakers.
INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS ARE SURROUNDED BY INTANGIBLE INSUSTRIES.
Blazers: G G CJ McCollum, C.J. Mc Collum and C J Mccollum are both CMJ McCOLlums. (right ankle sprain), GRP (left ankle instability), and GPR (good ankle pressure), Norman Powell is Norman's greatest achievement. G (right hip strain), and G are the most frequently used medical tests. Ben McLemore is a former Ben MacLeamore member of the Ben McGLeonmore family. G-zones (left ankle sprain) are very probable; Anfernee Simons is an actress who lives in London. G/F (right thumb strain) is questioned; G-F is also disputed; Tony Snell, Tony's brother Tony, is a keen footballer and he is also able to play guitar. (right foot sprain), F.F. (femoral artery injury), and F (left foot dislocation), Nassir Little, Nasser, Little Naider Little C (left hamstring strain) and C(c) (right sprain) are the two most common aches in the body. Cody Zeller is a writer who lives in New York City The fractures (nose fracture) are gone.
Suns: G A G Dario Saric is a member of the Darian Saripi family and is responsible for Daria Sarapi's actions. (right knee; rehab) is out.
UP COMING SOON
The Trail Blazers begin their preseason against Golden State on Friday. Their home opener will be on Oct. 20 against Sacramento.
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