Napier is getting the start at point guard for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Jason Quick of CSNNW.com reports.
Napier is drawing the start due to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum getting the season finale off to rest. He is coming off a career-high 32 points 9-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT) to go along with six rebounds and five assists over 37 minutes in Monday's 99-98 win against the Spurs.
Napier posted a career-high 32 points (9-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT), six rebounds and five assists over 37 minutes in Monday's 99-98 win against the Spurs.
Napier was making the start with C.J. McCollum (hand) and Damian Lillard (foot) sidelined and he did a more than admirable job. If Lillard and/or McCollum are unable to play in Wednesday's finale against the Pelicans it would be Napier who benefits again.
Napier will start at point guard for Monday's game against the Spurs, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
With Damian Lillard sitting out Monday's contest with a right foot strain, the Trail Blazers have opted to go with Napier as their starting point guard. C.J. McCollum (hand) is also sitting out, so there's going to be a lot of backcourt minutes available and Napier is a prime candidate to take on a good chunk of the extra playing time. That could put him in line for a 30-plus minute role, although it will likely just be a short term bump in value and Napier could be back on the bench as soon as Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Pelicans.
Napier tallied two points (1-1 FG), five assists, two rebounds, and two steals across 14 minutes during Tuesday's 126-121 victory over the Thunder.
Napier has taken on an expanded role within the Trail Blazer offense since Evan Turner (hand) has been sidelined since Feb. 9. In eight games since Turner's injury, Napier has averaged 3.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals across 12.6 minutes per game. He's also had an impressive five steals over his past 29 minutes of action. While Napier likely won't see a workload any time soon that translates to meaningful fantasy production, it's worth noting that the third year man out of Connecticut is being trusted to handle duties within a team making a playoff push. That being said, his minutes will likely fall to the wayside once Turner returns, which may be as early as March 15 against the Spurs.
Napier posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) in six minutes during Monday's 109-104 overtime loss to the Hawks.
Napier saw some rare playing time in a competitive contest, but it was likely only a byproduct of fouls racking up among the Trail Blazers' other rotation options. The third-year point guard has appeared in only three of the last 11 contests, receiving no more than six minutes in any game.
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