The Pelicans will face a Trail Blazers team that will be without CJ McCollum and Nassir Little but have their No. 1 man in Damian Lillard and starting center Jusuf Nurkic.
Portland is starting Lillard, Powell, Snell, Nance, Nurkic https://t.co/RYQxMT2ydn— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 22, 2021
As all fans know, Dame needs little help when facing New Orleans, posting ridiculous stat lines as Portland swept the season series last year.
“You’ve just got to try and make him take tough shots,” Devonte’ Graham said in this morning’s shootaround. “He’s a dynamic guard who can score on all three levels. You’ve got to make it tough for him, mixing up your defenses — obviously you’ve got to go over the screens, you might throw in some traps, some blitzes and then when he’s in the paint, you’ve got to try and make him finish over the bigs.”
When: December 21, 2021, 7:00 pm
Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, League Pass
Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM