Usually, the All-Star break is a time for teams to get healthy in preparation for the stretch run of the season. But for the Portland Trail Blazers, the first game after the break was a shorthanded one, as they lost 111-109 to the San Antonio Spurs in front of a sellout crowd of 20,057 at the Moda Center Wednesday night. It is the first time this season that the Trail Blazers have lost three straight.
With LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined with a left groin strain, the Trail Blazers started just their second different starting lineup of the season against the Spurs, with Dorell Wright joining Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez as Portland’s first five.
“It was different,” said Lillard. “It’s tough to rebound and run our offense how we usually do when we don’t have our guys that’s normally in the rotation out there period, but without (Aldridge) out there, that makes it tougher obviously.”
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