The Portland Trail Blazers will be shorthanded when they open their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Big man Zach Collins is officially out for game one of the playoffs after suffering an ankle injury in Portland’s play-in game victory over the Memphis Grizzlies:
Both Zach Collins and Nassir Little are out for at least Game 1.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) August 17, 2020
With Nassir Little continuing to miss time due to dehydration, Damian Lillard expects Wenyen Gabriel to get the start:
Damian Lillard says he expects Wenyen Gabriel to start in Zach Collins' place. Gabriel started the last meeting against the Lakers in January. Lillard adds that it will be by committee though at PF.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) August 17, 2020
No matter which player takes Collins’ spot, they’re going to have their hands full, likely spending ample time trying to contain Anthony Davis.