Rockets at Trail Blazers: Sunday’s lineups, injury reports, broadcast and stream info

With the status of backcourt starters Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green still in doubt due to injuries, the young and rebuilding Houston Rockets take an eight-game losing streak to Portland for Sunday night’s battle versus Damian Lillard and the host Trail Blazers.

In addition to being at home and having clearly the better team on paper, the Blazers also have the advantages of extra rest and incentive. Portland hasn’t played since Thursday in Sacramento, and perhaps their two most marquee veterans (Lillard and Jerami Grant) didn’t play in that one due to a snowstorm-induced travel delay.

The Blazers lost that game and are currently one game back of the final spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament, so they’re expecting to make amends versus the lowly Rockets.

For the Rockets, any backcourt absences could open up more minutes for promising rookie guard TyTy Washington, who had 15 points on solid efficiency in Friday’s loss at Golden State.

Both Green and Porter practiced on Saturday, so there seemed to be at least the potential for one or both to play in Portland. Before deciding, head coach Stephen Silas said the team would wait until Sunday to see how both players respond physically to the increased workloads.

Later in the day, both guards were listed as out on Houston’s official injury report. However, that could be revised on Sunday.

When and How to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 26

  • Time: 8 p.m. Central

  • TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass

  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)

Probable starting lineups

Houston Rockets (13-46)

  • Guard: TyTy Washington

  • Guard: Jae’Sean Tate

  • Forward: KJ Martin

  • Forward: Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Center: Alperen Sengun

Portland Trail Blazers (28-31)

  • Guard: Damian Lillard

  • Guard: Matisse Thybulle

  • Forward: Cam Reddish

  • Forward: Jerami Grant

  • Center: Drew Eubanks

Injury reports

Houston’s injury report lists Kevin Porter Jr. as out with a left foot contusion, which has cost him six weeks of games and counting. Jalen Green (left groin strain) is listed as out as well. Both guards practiced Saturday, though the Rockets will wait until the next day to see how each responds, physically, before considering an upgrade.

The Trail Blazers are without Jusuf Nurkic (left calf strain), Anfernee Simons (right ankle sprain), Justise Winslow (left ankle sprain), Ibou Badji (left knee soreness), and Ryan Arcidiacono (lower back pain).

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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire