The Portland Trail Blazers were red-hot as recently as Monday, but after a very much unexpected home loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers, things haven’t gotten much better in Rip City.
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 4, 2014
Damian Lillard, who is considered to be the “1-a” to LaMarcus Aldridge’s “1-b” missed practice on Tuesday as a result of gastritis, and his status is not firm for Wednesday. The team is listing him as probable, which is always encouraging, but the fact that he could conceivably miss the game isn’t terribly positive news.
The second-year guard from Weber State played 35 minutes (shooting 8-for-19 and scoring 20 points) on Monday night, and if he is forced to miss the game, head coach Terry Stotts will be forced to deploy Mo Williams and/or CJ McCollum in his stead. Fortunately for Portland fans, the Atlanta Hawks are visiting on Wednesday night, and they have been, by all accounts, a disaster in recent weeks, losing 11 of their last 12 games amid massive injury troubles.
There is no need to panic at this point, but don’t be blown away if Lillard is forced to sit.