The Portland Trail Blazers are back home, hoping to separate themselves from the morass that is the middle of the Western Conference.
The team practiced earlier today without its captain Damian Lillard, who is still being plagued by an abdominal strain. Lillard missed the team’s surprise win in Philadelphia on Thursday with the injury, but returned for the Blazers’ loss at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
The team has not provided an official projection for Lillard’s status in regards to tomorrow’s game against the Orlando Magic.
The Magic game kicks off a quick three-game home stand—a run that also includes matchups against the 76ers and Cavaliers.
This season, Lillard is the NBA’s fifth-highest scorer with a 29.1 points per game average. Jusuf Nurkic, CJ McCollum and Zach Collins are all out. There is also no update on Nassir Little who has missed the past three games with a left knee sprain.