ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com NBA & Trail Blazers Insider
-- PortlandTrail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says he may make a couple ofchanges to the lineup in order to see different rotations andlinueps throughout the game since Ronnie Price is out. He wouldn'treveal which positions he's thinking about modifying.
-- J.J.Hickson (bruised ribs) is a go tonight according to Stotts. However, whenHickson was asked about his status for tonight, he said it's iffy."
-- WillBarton (hamstring) made the trip. He was asked how he felt and howlong he could go tonight and he responded saying, I'mhere, so I'm ready to go. I'm not going to tell the coach not to putme in."
--Stottssay he went through pick-and-roll defense, setting picks, andgoing over some new defensive coverages that he says we'll seetonight. They also had a 15 minute video session going over theiroffensive and defensive possessions from the Phoenix Suns game onFriday night.
-- Stottson the Kings: "Theylike to run. They haven't put it all together yet but they continueto get better. It's a test rebounding, they're a physical reboundingteam. So we've done a good job rebounding the last couple of game,but we got to continue that.
-- Stottswas asked if he has noticed that DeMarcus Cousins is shooting threesnow: He laughed and said, "Yeah...Well, we'll see."
-- Foryour entertainment purposes, at the end of practice, Trail BlazersGM Neil Olshey threw an off-the-glass pass to assistant DavidVanterpool and he finished it with the one-handed slam. After thedunk, Olshey said, "He's going to have to see a chiropractornow."
-- VictorClaver (back) says he's feeling much better.
-- 18 Trail Blazers participated in shootaround today
-- Also,Wesley Matthews says he working on trying to procure a 10-daycontract with the Portland Timbers next summer. He says he has game and thatMarquette wanted him to play basketball and soccer. What you thinkabout that?