McCollum scored 22 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding three assists, a rebound and a steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 119-102 loss to the Pelicans in Game 3.
With the New Orleans defense once again keeping a tight lid on Damian Lillard, McCollum led Portland in scoring for the third straight game in the series -- and led the team to a third straight defeat. His playoff scoring (21.0 PPG, 3.0 3PG on 39.1 percent shooting) has been right in line with his regular-season production, so it will be on Lillard to step up if the Blazers are going to avoid a sweep Saturday in Game 4.
McCollum registered 22 points (9-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 39 minutes during Portland's 111-102 loss to the Pelicans in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
McCollum led the Blazers in scoring for the second time in as many games, serving as the only Portland player to eclipse the 20-point mark on the night in the process. The 26-year-old improved his shooting percentage from 38.9 to 42.9 in Game 2, and he also was more effective as a facilitator. Despite the solid individual contributions, McCollum hasn't been able to help prevent Portland from falling into a 2-0 series hole, meaning he may have to be even more aggressive in Thursday's Game 3 tilt on the road.
McCollum provided 19 points (7-18 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, two assists and three steals across 38 minutes in Portland's 97-95 loss to the Pelicans in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
McCollum's scoring total did serve as a team high, but he once again shot well under 50.0 percent. That's a trend that stretches back to the waning days of the regular season, when the fifth-year two-guard posted a paltry 36.0 percent success rate over the final six games of the campaign. McCollum will undoubtedly need to sharpen his shot to an extent for the Trail Blazers to go far into the postseason, something he'll look to start doing beginning with Game 2 on Tuesday.
McCollum poured in 19 points (8-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 35 minutes in a 102-93 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
The final stat line wasn't as important as the fact that McCollum was able to get his broken shot fixed to an extent during the victory. The 26-year-old did finish the regular season with eight straight double-digit scoring efforts, but he'd shot under 40.0 percent in four consecutive contests prior to Wednesday's 44.4 percent effort. The Blazers will undoubtedly lean heavily on McCollum's scoring contributions in the postseason, making it all the more important that he was able to head into the playoffs with some renewed confidence.
McCollum registered 16 points (5-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals across 38 minutes in an 88-82 loss to the Nuggets on Monday.
McCollum's shot has mostly been broken thus far in April, as he's posted a success rate of 38.9 percent or lower in four of five contests during the month. However, he remains as aggressive as ever, as he's put up no less than 16 attempts in any of those games. That's helped keep his final scoring totals strong and led to a solid 17.0 scoring average for the month despite him shooting just 34.4 percent. McCollum will have one more opportunity to right the ship before the postseason when the Blazers look to lock up the No. 3 seed against the Jazz on Wednesday.
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