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Trail Blazers' Evan Turner: Leads bench in scoring
Turner supplied 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 131-127 win over the Clippers on Monday.
Turner had recently seen a downturn in scoring after a strong start to the season, but perhaps his efforts over the last pair of contests are indicative of a resurgence. The veteran has gone a combined 9-for-15 from the field over that span, leading to back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts for the first time since early November. And, while his production elsewhere was modest Monday, it's important to note that hasn't been the norm -- Turner is averaging his highest number of rebounds (5.0) since the 2014-15 season, while his 4.2 assists per contest qualify as his best showing in that category since the 2015-16 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Foul trouble preempts strong night
Harkless generated 13 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 131-127 win over the Clippers on Monday.
Harkless picked up five fouls, which partly short-circuited what was his best scoring night of the campaign thus far. The seven-year veteran has been locked in with his shot throughout December, with Monday's 71.4 percent showing serving as his fifth of at least 50 percent over seven contests during the month. Harkless boasts a 55.8 percent success rate, including 50.0 percent from three-point range, over that span, but his typically modest usage on the offensive end (4.6 shot attempts per game) keeps his upside firmly capped.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Well-balanced contributions in win
Nurkic turned in 20 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block across 29 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 131-127 win over the Clippers on Monday.
Foul trouble prevented Nurkic's night from being even bigger, as his production on a per-minute basis was excellent. The big man was notably active as a facilitator for the second straight game, matching the seven dimes he'd dished out against the Raptors last Friday. Nurkic also bounced back from a nightmarish three-game shooting slump that had seen him drain just eight of 39 attempts over that span. Despite three single-digit scoring tallies thus far this month, Nurkic is averaging a solid 13.0 points and supplementing that figure with 9.5 rebounds across eight December contests.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Excellent complementary production
McCollum finished with 27 points (11-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, three assists and one block across 34 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 131-127 win over the Clippers on Monday.
McCollum's stellar shooting night served as the perfect complement to the exploits of backcourt mate Damian Lillard, who lit up the scoreboard with a team-high 39 points. McCollum was even a tick better than his star teammate in terms of accuracy, leading to his second-highest point tally of December and second game in the last three with better than 57 percent shooting. The six-year veteran has also seen another bump in offensive usage during the current month, as he's now averaging 19.6 shot attempts per contest (compared to 18.3 and 16.7 in November and October, respectively).... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Explodes offensively in close win
Lillard (personal) totaled 39 points (11-20 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 11-13 FT), six assists, three rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 131-127 win over the Clippers on Monday.
Lillard was in top form offensively Monday, and the Blazers ultimately needed every one of his points to secure a tough road win. The All-Star point guard scored 22 in a highly impressive third quarter, and his two free throws in the closing seconds helped seal the win. Lillard was especially effective from distance, and he drained five of his six shots from three-point range during his aforementioned third-quarter tear. The behind-the-arc success is simply an extension of what has been a dominant December for Lillard in that regard, as he's now shooting 47.3 percent from three in eight contests during the month and has hit nine of his last 10 three-point attempts across the last two games.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Back with team
Lillard (personal) participated in Monday's shootaround, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Lillard missed Sunday's practice for personal reasons, but he rejoined the team at morning shootaround and will be available for Monday's game against the Clippers. Through 29 games this season, the point guard is averaging an impressive 26.9 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds across 35.2 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Misses practice Sunday
Lillard missed Sunday's practice for personal reasons, but he is expected to play in Monday's game against the Clippers, Peter Socotch of NBCS Northwest reports.
It's uncertain what kept Lillard out of practice, however all indications point to him being back with the team for Monday's game. Lillard is averaging 26.9 points and 6.0 assists over 35.2 minutes this season.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Evan Turner: Solid outing in Friday's win
Turner tallied 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and six assists in 22 minutes during Friday's 128-122 victory over Toronto.
Turner was excellent off the bench Friday, helping the Trail Blazers to an impressive victory over Toronto. Turner has been wildly inconsistent this season despite his regular spot in the rotation. He has the ability to put up fringe standard league value but is simply to difficult to trust to warrant a roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Scores season-high 13 points Friday
Curry totaled 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two assists, and two steals in 18 minutes during Friday's 128-122 victory over Toronto.
Curry dropped a season-high 13 points Friday after being out of the rotation in two of the previous three games. Curry has the ability to score the ball when given the chance but that chance has been basically non-existent this season. He can be ignored in all but the deepest of formats until he can string some solid performances together.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Scores 16 points in impressive win
Collins had 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes during Friday's 128-122 victory over the Raptors.
Collins had his highest scoring game since late-October, dropping 16 points in 21 minutes. The Trail Blazers bench was hot down the stretch which gave a number of players some additional playing time. This was just the second time in his last 17 games that Collins has scored in double-figures and so he can be left alone in standard formats.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Has team-high 24 points Friday
Lillard finished with 24 points (8-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Friday's 128-122 victory over the Raptors.
Lillard attempted just 10 field-goals but his eight of them, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, finishing with a team-high 24 points. The Trail Blazers spread the scoring around for this one with the bench popping off for a combined 58 points. Lillard is currently the 13 ranked player across the season which is just about where he was being drafted in standard formats.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Awful shooting in Wednesday's loss
Nurkic had two points (1-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and one assist in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
Nurkic was downright dreadful offensively, but he salvaged what would've been a miserable statistical performance by providing plenty of boards, steals, and blocks. Marc Gasol is among the top defensive big men in the league and one of the few guys physically capable of going toe-to-toe with Nurkic, who has developed into a dynamite pick-and-roll threat with Damian Lillard.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Posts 40 points in Wednesday's loss
McCollum exploded for 40 points (16-27 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
McCollum matched his season high in scoring while contributing in every category. He isn't known for his defensive abilities, so fantasy owners should be sure to savor the steal, block, and boards. With that being said, he remains one of the top offensive guards in the game, and it's long been clear that Damian Lillard has no problem feeding McCollum when he has the hot hand.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jake Layman: Sees 14 minutes in Wednesday's loss
Layman had two points (1-1 FG), four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
Layman drew the start in place of Maurice Harkless (rest) and posted a decent line, albeit in limited minutes. With that being said, three reserves saw more time than Layman, who earned only the eighth-most minutes on the team. Apart from his 24-point showing in last Thursday's blowout win versus the Suns, Layman hasn't exactly been delivering much in the way of counting stats.... See More ... See Less