Connaughton scored 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-8 3PT) to go with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss to Minnesota.
Connaughton sank a season-high four three-pointers for a bench-leading 18 points. However, in his previous six games, the guard averaged 6.8 points in 20.6 minutes from the bench. Connaughton has scored 10 or more points in nine games this season, four of which were in his last eight games. In addition, he remains a solid shooter when given the chance, sinking 45.8 percent of his career-high 5.3 shots per game.
Connaughton supplied 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes in Monday's 124-120 overtime win over the Bulls.
The third-year guard has been a steady presence off the bench thus far this season, and he's now seen at least 22 minutes in five straight games. Connaughton has a pair of double-digit scoring efforts during that span, and he's shot between 50.0 and 83.3 percent in four of those contests. While his production remains relatively scoring-dependent, he's an intriguing prospect for those in deep formats looking for some back-of-the-roster help in the shooting categories.
Connaughton will return to a reserve role for Tuesday's tilt against the Wizards, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.
Connaughton has started the previous five games at small forward but he will be replaced Tuesday but Maurice Harkless. He saw 23.7 minutes per game as a starter compared to just 18.4 as a reserve to begin the season, so his workload figures to take a hit as a result of the move. It remains to be seen if the Trail Blazers plan on sticking with this change going forward or if it is just matchup based.
Connaughton contributed 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Monday's 103-91 win over the Knicks.
Making his third straight start, Connaughton was on fire from the field. It's possible Al-Faruq Aminu (ankle) will return to the active lineup for Thursday's game against the Bucks, but Connaughton seems to be in the process of earning a more reliable role going forward. In fact, he has seen 63 minutes over the last two games while combining for 29 points while Maurice Harkless has scored six points in 31 minutes over these last two tilts.
Connaughton posted four points (2-2 FG), two assists and one rebound across 15 minutes in Friday's win over the Nets and will start again in Saturday's matchup with the Wizards, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
Connaughton got a surprise starting nod over Maurice Harkless, but Harkless still played 19 minutes to Connaughton's 15. Nevertheless, head coach Terry Stotts must have liked what he saw with Connaughton in the starting lineup, as he'll be back there Saturday in Washington. He still doesn't do enough offensively, however, to warrant any sort of fantasy value.
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