Trail Blazers’ Trendon Watford on Debut vs Suns: ‘I feel like I played solid’

Portland Trail Blazers forward Trendon Watford made his season debut against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, after missing the team’s first eight games with a strained hip flexor. He played 16 minutes, providing nine points and four rebounds for Portland.

In an article by Aaron Fentress for The Oregonian, Watford explained that it wasn’t a perfect outing, but he’s quickly regaining his senses.

“I was a bit breathless,” Watford said. “But I kind of picked it up towards the end, like just getting my feelings back and trying to be the playmaker that I am and bouncing back, and just a lot of different things. But I feel like I played solid in my first game back.

Watford first picked up the injury in training camp and made it worse in pre-season. This performance bodes well for the Trail Blazers, which generally lack size and depth in the front end. Watford and their 6’8 frame provide a bit of both.

Last season Watford played 48 games and averaged just over 18 minutes per game. Portland is happy to have him back, as is head coach Chauncey Billups.

“I was happy to see him there,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “Just to see him get reps there, you know, handle the ball.”

Although Watford aren’t meant to be a huge impact player, his availability is one more thing in place for Portland on the sidelines.

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