The Portland Trail Blazers, who are still trying to break through with a win in the preseason, will take on the surging Phoenix Suns at the Footprint Center on Wednesday. Trail Blazers vs Suns Live Stream: How to watch NBA Basketball Online
New Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups will finally have a complete roster as he tries to build chemistry and sort out lineup combinations just days before the regular season starts. In their recent loss to the Sacramento Kings, the back-court duo of Anfernee Simons and Dennis Smith Jr. carried the fight for the team.
This time around, Billups will start with the vaunted Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum pairing to try and give the Portland Trail Blazers their first W in the preseason.
The Phoenix Suns have been impressive in their last two wins against the LA Lakers, displaying the cohesiveness and precision passing that helped them to the NBA Finals.
Suns coach Monty Williams could even start All-Star Devin Booker for the first time this season. This is good news for the team as they look to extend their winning streak to three games.
Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
The entire Portland Trail Blazers roster has a clean bill of health for the game against the Phoenix Suns.
Cody Zeller, who was previously declared out for the rest of the preseason due to a broken nose, has been taken off the injury list. He could be wearing protective gear if he suits up.
Versatile wingman Tony Snell, who injured his foot during training camp, is in line for his first preseason game after the Blazers announced that he is now fully healthy.
Phoenix Suns Injury Report
Like the Portland Trail Blazers, the Phoenix Suns are all fit to play this game in the desert.
Devin Booker was supposedly expected to miss the entire preseason but has been removed from the injury list. Coach Monty Williams could give him just a few minutes to get his legs back.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns: Predicted Lineups
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers will roll out the deadly Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum tandem. Lillard will take on his customary point guard duties, with McCollum playing off him at the two spot.
After a hit to his hips in the preseason opener, Norman Powell could return to take the small forward slot, with Larry Nance in the power forward position. The reliable and bruising Jusuf Nurkic will likely play center for the Blazers.
Monty Williams will finally get to see his preferred starting five on the floor on Wednesday. He will have the Point God Chris Paul directing the Phoenix Suns’ plays. Devin Booker, in probably a cameo appearance, will start at shooting guard.
The small forward slot will be occupied by Mikal Bridges, while the versatile veteran and crowd-favorite Jae Crowder will play the power forward position. Deandre Ayton should continue his impressive preseason with another stint as the big man in the middle.
I feel like a kid counting down the days to a trip to Disneyland, agonizingly watching the calendar. I want to pack my suitcase, get in the minivan, and hit the road for the coast. Instead I’m watching Disney+ and refamiliarizing myself with the characters and plot twists that I will meet once I arrive at the Magic Kingdom. And, while entertaining, it’s just not the same as the real thing.
The regular season is a week away and the opportunity for the Suns to defend their Western Conference championship is on the horizon. But not yet. Phoenix is looking to wrap up their preseason schedule tonight, exactly one week prior to their regular season tip-off against the Denver Nuggets.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at 7:00pm, but due to the fantastic success of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury — they play Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at home on Wednesday night — the game has been moved to 2:00pm for the second Suns/Mercury double-header. Hell yes.
The Blazers are playing game 3 of 4 in their preseason and experimenting with their lineups as they prepare for the 2021-22 campaign. Changes have been made to the roster, including the addition of former Suns’ first-rounder Marquese Chriss, in an effort to keep their 6-time All-Star Damian Lillard engaged. Okay, Chriss ain’t the answer, but the tea has made some quality additions.