Kevin Durant

Blazers go without three 7-footers against Nets


PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers were missing a trio of injured 7-footers when the Nets arrived Friday night at Moda Center, and that made the loss of Nets center DeAndre Jordan, who was out with a sprained left ankle, less damaging.


Zach Collins and Pau Gasol both sat for the Blazers, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who still is rehabbing from the horrific compound fracture and torn knee ligaments that he suffered against the Nets on March 25 last season.


Kenny Atkinson was coy before the game when asked who might get Jordan’s minutes or if the Nets would go small by moving Taurean Prince from power forward to center at times.


But when asked if Henry Ellenson might have an edge over rookie Nic Claxton because of his experience, Atkinson said that was a factor.


Sixteen travels, that’s a lot.” … Kevin Durant remained in Brooklyn to continue rehabbing his right Achilles tendon.


Greg Logan has worked for Newsday since 1982 covering a wide array of sports and events, currently including the Brooklyn Nets beat.






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