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Carmelo Anthony ruled out Friday vs. Lakers [UPDATE]

Trail Blazers F did not travel with team to L.A. and will not play due to personal reasons.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony reacts to a foul being called by an official during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Moda Center. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 31, 1:53 p.m. — Melo is not playing Friday night as he continues to grieve the loss of Kobe Bryant.

Portland Trail Blazers F Carmelo Anthony did not travel with the team to Los Angeles for their game against the Lakers on Friday. It’s unclear the reason so for now we’ll call it personal for Melo.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Trail Blazers F Carmelo Anthony

We can take away a few things when it comes to Melo being out. Damian Lillard gets more touches. C.J. McCollum gets more touches. So both guards in better spots — though the Lakers are tough on defense. The likely starter will be either Nasir Little or even Caleb Swanigan. Unless Terry Stotts plays Trevor Ariza at the 4 and starts three guards with Gary Trent Jr. or Anfernee Simons. Follow the news to find out. For now, let’s say Dame and CJ are strong GPP plays Friday.