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Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside upgraded to probable vs. Hornets

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Hassan Whiteside, who missed the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday due to a respiratory illness, has been upgraded to ‘probable’ in the Portland Trail Blazers’ duel against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

Hassan Whiteside has been dealing with an upper respiratory illness but still suited up in their 116-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Anthony Tolliver took his place in the starting line up. Expect coach Terry Stotts to do the same in the event that Whiteside doesn’t suit up on Monday.

After a tumultuous final season with the Miami Heat in 2018-19, Whiteside has seen a resurgence donning the Blazers jersey. In 36 games (36 starts) the 7-footer puts up healthy averages of 15.8 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks. He’s also shooting 59.8 percent from the floor. Whiteside has been doing a stellar job without the Blazers’ best center Jusuf Nurkic who’s still out with an injury.

But overall, Portland is still struggling to find their mojo back. From one of the top teams in the West, Damian Lillard and crew have fallen off the radar. They currently sport a 16-22 record for 11th in the West. They are on a two-game losing streak and have lost eight of their last 10 games.

After hosting the Hornets on Monday, the Blazers are off to a tough three-game road trip against contending teams. They’ll face the Houston Rockets by Wednesday, followed by the Dallas Mavericks, then the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’ll be tough to squeeze out a victory against these teams. But in the event that they do, then it can serve as a much-needed confidence booster.