Blazers recall rookie guard Mills

Expected to join team in Los Angeles

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The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled rookie guard Patty Mills from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said Sunday night.

Mills is expected to join Portland for Monday’s road game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mills poured in 38 points, hit 7 of 10 3-point attempts and added 12 assists in his first game for the Stampede, a 123-109 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Friday.

Mills then recorded 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and knocked down 4 of 5 3-point attempts during Idaho’s 109-108 victory over the Bighorns on Sunday night.

“He looked fantastic (Friday). And that’s nice to see,” Pritchard said Saturday. “He’s not shy. He’ll put it up.”

The Blazers reassigned Mills to Idaho on Tuesday. But Pritchard said guard Steve Blake’s recent bout with pneumonia changed the team’s plans. Blake was released from a local-area hospital today, but he is not expected to return to action until late next week.

Portland only had eight healthy players on its roster during a 105-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at the Rose Garden.