Sunday's scrimmage will be the second of three NBA restart scrimmages in Orlando for the Trail Blazers and another chance to get ready for the 8-game playoff dash.
In their first game Thursday, Portland lost to Indiana 91-88.
In the Blazers' second scrimmage, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said he won't be playing two completely different units as much as he did in the first scrimmage. But, he also added he isn't sure how many minutes the starters will get Sunday against the Raptors.
You can watch the Blazers-Raptors scrimmage on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers starting with the pregame show at 2:30pm PST.
Portland's Remaining Scrimmage Schedule:
- Sunday, July 26 vs. Toronto at 3:00 p.m. PT
- Tues, July 28 vs. Oklahoma City at 3:00 p.m. PT
Blazers Injury Update:
Their status for Sunday is still unknown at this time.
Coach Stotts gave a brief injury update after Saturday's practice:
Nassir was… on the bike, so he cleared the first stage of the [concussion] protocol, so he was able to be at practice, but did not participate. Hassan -- this was a light practice we didn't go a lot, five-on-five, but Hassan participated in everything.
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Quote of the Week:
Stotts has yet to confirm who his starting big men will be once the seeding games begin next week. After Saturday's practice, Zach Collins discussed the possibility of coming off the bench:
I'm going to have to be a star in my role, whatever that is -- if I'm starting or coming off the bench and that's been my motto from day one. You take pride in being a starter and that's something that I've always wanted to be in this league, and I want to be a starter for the rest of my career, but if me coming off the bench helps us win a championship, I'm a hundred percent in. -- Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins
Top Game Notes vs. Raptors:
All Time: Trail Blazers lead, 29-18
• The Trail Blazers and Raptors split the season series in 2019-20, 1-1.
• Last Meeting: The Trail Blazers defeated the Raptors in Toronto on Jan. 7, 101-99. Carmelo Anthony made the game-winning shot with 3.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Anthony finished with a game-high 28 points (10-17 FG, 5-8 3-PT, 3-3 FT) to go with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 24 points (7-23 FG, 4-16 3-PT, 6-7 FT), four rebounds and 10 assists. It was Portland's first win at Toronto since March 15, 2015.
• Damian Lillard recorded 20 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3-PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, nine assists and two blocks against the Raptors on Jan. 7. In two games against Toronto this season, Lillard averaged 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.0 blocks.
• Hassan Whiteside logged 14 points (7-13 FG), 16 rebounds, four assists and seven blocks against the Raptors on Jan. 7. He is the only player to hit those statistical thresholds in a game this season and the first to do so since Spencer Hawes did so for the 76ers in 2013.
• Anfernee Simons scored 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-8 3-PT, 2-2 FT) to go with one rebound and one assist against the Raptors on Nov. 13.
• Pascal Siakam had 36 points (15-of-28 FG, 4-7 3-PT, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and three assists against the Trail Blazers on Nov. 13. He missed the Jan. matchup with a groin strain.
• Fred VanVleet recorded 30 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3-PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block against Portland on Nov. 13. It marked the third game of 30-plus points in his career.
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