Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Hassan Whiteside WILL PLAY vs. Hornets

Jamie Hudson

The Trail Blazers are preparing for their only home game this week.

Before the Trail Blazers and Hornets tip-off at 7:00p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts described the leadership that Damian Lillard brings and how there is even more of an emphasis on leadership this season.

Coach Stotts also mentioned that Hassan Whiteside (upper respiratory illness) will play tonight and he doesn't believe Whiteside will be on any type of minutes restriction.

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HEAR FROM COACH STOTTS HERE:

 

BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

Hassan Whiteside (upper respiratory illness) is available; Mario Hezonja (low back contusion) is OUT for tonight's game.

HORNETS INJURY REPORT:

Caleb Martin (G League), Jalen McDaniels (G League), Robert Franks (Two-way) and Kobi Simmons (Two-way) are out.

STANDOUT GAME NOTES:

-- Monday's game will be the first of two meetings between the Trail Blazers and Hornets during the 2019-20 season.

-- LAST SEASON: Portland swept the season series with Charlotte in 2018-19, 2-0.

-- Portland has won 12 of the last 15 contests between the Trail Blazers and the Hornets, including each of the last fi ve.

-- In two games against the Hornets last season, Damian Lillard averaged 21.5 points (47.2% FG, 35.3% 3-PT, 100% FT), 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Lillard has scored 20-plus points in 12 of his 14 career games against the Hornets.

-- CJ McCollum averaged 18.0 points (42.4% FG, 46.7% 3-PT, 100% FT), 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two games against Charlotte during the 2018-19 season. In his last home game against Charlotte on Jan. 11, McCollum had 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting (5-11 3-PT, 1-1 FT).

-- Kent Bazemore averaged 14.3 points (14.4% FG, 25.0% 3-PT, 80.0% FT), 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in four games against the Hornets with the Hawks last season. Bazemore has scored 20-plus points in three of his last six games against the Hornets.

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Hassan Whiteside WILL PLAY vs. Hornets originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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