As Game 3 approaches with the series tied at 1-1, the Trail Blazers are looking to bounce back from their offensive struggles against the Lakers, while also looking to "make [Anthony Davis] work and make his opportunities difficult," as Portland head coach Terry Stotts discussed Friday.
The Blazers also found out some bad news following Friday's practice. Trail Blazers starting forward Zach Collins will require season-ending surgery on a stress fracture to his left ankle.
The Trail Blazers and Lakers will battle it out in Game 3 at 5:30pm PST Saturday on ABC.
Our Trail Blazers coverage on NBC Sports Northwest starts at 3:30pm Saturday with ‘Blazers Game Day' followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up' at 5pm.
Plus, to wrap up Saturday's game day, flip back over to NBCSNW immediately following the game for ‘Blazers Outsiders.'
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As for the Blazers, Zach Collins (left ankle stress reaction) and Nassir Little (dehydration recovery) are out. Damian Lillard (left index finger dislocation) and CJ McCollum (vertebral fracture) are available for Saturday's game.
Quote of the Week:
Whether a team loses by 30 points or just two points, it's just one game, and now that the Blazers-Lakers series is all tied up that's exactly what Damian Lillard pointed out following Thursday night's loss.
We got our butts kicked tonight. But it's just one game. I think that's the beauty of it -- it's a series and they don't get two wins for such a great effort. Being beat the way we got beat doesn't count for two losses, it counts for one and we get to come back in a tied series and keep going. -- Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard
Top Playoff Series Notes
- Portland and Los Angeles have played in the first round on six other occasions. The Trail Blazers beat the Lakers in the first round of the 1992 Playoffs on their way to an NBA Finals meeting with the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers won the other five first round meetings between the teams.
- The Trail Blazers and Lakers last played each other in the postseason in the first round of the 2002 Playoffs. Portland's leading scorer that series was Rasheed Wallace while the Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Current Lakers forward LeBron James was 14 months away from being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers while Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was 11 years old.
- Portland is 6-17 all-time against Los Angeles in the first round.
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