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Lillard, Stotts React to Collins’ Injury News

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Both Coach Stotts and Damian Lillard had something to say about the Blazers’ big man.

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Following the announcement that the Portland Trail BlazersZach Collins would be out for an undetermined length of time due to shoulder surgery, both Damian Lillard and Coach Terry Stotts expressed their feelings about the wave of injuries affecting the Blazers right now. Sean Meagher of the Oregonian reported on what Lillard said about where the team is at following the knee injury suffered by Rodney Hood against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“It’s tough,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said of the injury bug. “All of our bigs are pretty much hurt (and) seeing another one of our starters go down is the last thing we wanted to see right now.”

Jason Quick of the Athletic captured the thoughts of Coach Stotts regarding Collins’ decision to have surgery.

“We will have to make do with the guys that we have,” Terry Stotts said. “I’m disappointed for Zach. It’s tough for a young player to have surgery and miss a significant part of the season. It’s in his best interest. As far as us, that’s why you have a team. We’ll figure it out as we go.”

No timeline for Collins has been announced.