Blazers’ Damian Lillard reveals surprising additions if the NBA season resumes
The future of the 2019-20 season is still uncertain for all 30 teams. The Portland Trail Blazers, who struggled out of the gate but climbed their way back to fight for the last playoff spot in the West, could get some reinforcements if there’s still a regular season left to play.
Jacoby: “Do you expect those two to be available if you do head into a bubble environment?”
Lillard: “I’m 100% positive they will [be available]. Right before all of this happened, I know Nurk was coming back the following week. And Zach was maybe a month, month and a half out — so we was like, even if we get him back, it’ll be end of the season, last couple games. And we passed that point by a long shot now, so I feel like we’ll definitely have both of those guys back.”
In Lillard’s eyes, the Blazers will go in a full-loaded squad minus Rodney Hood, who blew out his left Achilles in early December:
“We’ll be a completely healthy team minus Rodney Hood,” said Lillard. “Every team is coming back off the two-month hiatus, so it’s a more even playing field than it ever has been. And we’re coming back a more deep team, a more well put together team: two great centers, two great power forwards. We coming back deep and strong. And all that matters is winning.”
If fully healthy, the Blazers have a puncher’s chance to make the postseason under a “playoffs-plus” format or a play-in tournament. Though the league has yet to decide how and when it will come back to crown a champion.