Blazers in an another injury-infested game
There will be no Brandon Roy, Marcus Camby or Joel Przybilla tonight for the Blazers. Then again, there is no Brandon Jennings or Corey Maggette for the Bucks. It’s another night where we could see more coaches on the bench than players for each team, but in Portland, that’s hardly unusual.
Roy’s knee, Camby’s shoulder and Przybilla’s ankle will sideline each of the three for at least one more contest. Maggette is suffering from concussive symptoms, but a fractured left foot will keep Jennings out for 4-6 weeks. Keyon Dooling will start in his place.
It’s another break for the Blazers, whose depleted team has had the good fortune of meeting a struggling Minnesota squad Friday and an injury-riddled Golden State team Saturday.
Does Blazers coach Nate McMillan feel lucky?
“It’s a game. We’ve been without some guys, the bottom line is, whether the guys are here or not – nobody’s going to look back at who you played, they’re going to look back say if you won or lost it,” McMillan said.”It’s about continuing to defend home court.”
Portland will return Nicolas Batum to the lineup tonight. The Frenchman sat out Saturday after straining his right shoulder vs. the Wolves and did not want to risk further damage. He’ll start alongside Andre Miller, Wesley Matthews, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dante Cunningham, who replaces Camby for the second straight game.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, is no pushover. Jennings is the team’s leading scorer, but they have seven players averaging double-digit scoring and feature center Andrew Bogut, who’s putting up 14.6 and 11.8 rebounds per game at center.