Pregame Notebook: Short-handed Blazers set to battle Bucks

Jamie Hudson

MILWAUKEE – The Trail Blazers will be without Hassan Whiteside (right hip tendinosis) and Damian Lillard (back spasms) as they face the 10-3 Bucks tonight at Fiserv Forum.

Point guard Anfernee Simons (left ankle sprain) has been upgraded from questionable to available.

Before the Trail Blazers and Bucks tip-off at 5:00p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'My Teams' App, both coaches gave their thoughts on tonight's matchup and more during their pregame media availability.

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Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer discussed what Carmelo Anthony has meant to the NBA throughout his career:

"He's just an incredible talent, incredible scorer. He can just take over a game, make lots of tough baskets. He can make a lot of tough baskets. One of the things that is not talked about enough is how he can go and get his own misses. He was restless at times on the offensive boards and just a physical force."

As for Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, he discussed what it will be like facing Giannis Antetokounmpo short-handed on bigs.

"He's one of the most unique players in the league... It's a team thing," Stotts said when guarding The Greek Freak.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.5 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game so far this season.

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Pregame Notebook: Short-handed Blazers set to battle Bucks originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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