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Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Plays 33 minutes Saturday
McCollum ended with 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 victory over Minnesota.
McCollum returned after missing just one game with an ankle sprain, scoring 19 points including a huge three-pointer to effectively seal the game. The playing time was down a fraction from his season average but he appeared untroubled by the ankle and barring any setbacks, should be good to go for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Terrific night Saturday
Nurkic totaled 22 points (7-10 FG, 8-9 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and three steals in 29 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 victory over the Timberwolves.
Nurkic had his best all-around game of the season Saturday, contributing across the board in the victory. It was Nurkic's highest points total in over two weeks and the seven combined defensive stats were a season-high. With the vast improvement to his free-throw game, Nurkic is rolling along with mid-round value and maintaining that should be no problem.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Fills it up Saturday
Aminu finished with 14 points (5-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 victory over Minnesota.
Aminu was fantastic for the Trail Blazers during Saturday's win, filling the box score in the impressive victory. Aminu was charged with guarding Karl-Anthony Towns for a large portion of the game and did a supreme job, all things considered. He has now scored in double-digits in four of his past five games and continues to put up fringe standard league value.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Drops 28 points in Saturday's win
Lillard had 28 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 8-9 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 victory over the Timberwolves.
Lillard hit some big shots down the stretch as the Trail Blazers went on a 15-to-2 run to end the game. After blowing a 10 point lead, the Blazers were more composed to finish things out, running out eight-point victors. Lillard has now scored in excess of 25 points in six of his past seven games while also handing out a combined 48 assists.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons: Out Saturday
Simons is out Saturday against the Timberwolves due to an upper respiratory infection, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
It's unclear how long Simons will be sidelined. That said, his role with the team has been minimal, so his absence shouldn't affect the Blazers' usual rotation.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Probable vs. Minnesota
McCollum (ankle) is probable for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
McCollum was sidelined for Thursday's outing against the Suns with a left ankle sprain, but it doesn't look like it was anything serious for the shooting guard. With McCollum's return on the horizon, Seth Curry will return to his role off the bench after getting the start against Phoenix.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Grabs 14 boards in victory
Nurkic totaled nine points (4-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 23 minutes during Thursday's 108-86 victory over the Suns.
This game was basically over after the first 12 minutes which limited the playing time of Nurkic and the rest of the starters. Nurkic still managed to haul down 14 rebounds in the win, continuing his strong play of late. He doesn't have the upside of some of the more high profile centers but delivers consistent production and should cruise along as a mid-round player in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Ineffective in spot start
Curry had just three points, one rebound, one assist, and one block in 17 minutes during Thursday's 108-86 victory over the Suns.
Curry replaced C.J. McCollum (ankle) in the starting lineup for Thursday's clash with the Suns but scored just three points. Curry was seen as a nice addition to the Trail Blazers during the off-season but has failed to produce. The improvement of Nik Stauskas has certainly impacted Curry's opportunities and at this stage, he doesn't need to be on a roster anywhere.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jake Layman: Career-best night Thursday
Layman ended with 24 points (10-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, and two steals in 24 minutes during Thursday's 108-86 victory over Phoenix.
Layman exploded for a career-high 24 points Thursday, going 10-of-13 from the field including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Layman scored his first 17 points in just seven minutes on the floor as the Trail Blazers put this one out of reach early. Given Layman had been out of the rotation for the previous five games, this is likely not going to repeat itself any time soon. Leave him on the waivers at this stage.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Game-high 25 points Thursday
Lillard finished with 25 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during Thursday's 108-86 victory over the Suns.
Lillard took control early in this game as the Trail Blazers blew the Suns out in a lopsided encounter. The scoreline resulted in Lillard playing just 27 minutes which halted what could have been an amazing night. The Trail Blazers will host the Timberwolves on Saturday in what should be a much tighter matchup. Look for Lillard to return to his normal playing time for that one.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Draws spot start
Curry will start at shooting guard Thursday against the Suns, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
With C.J. McCollum ruled out due to an ankle injury, Curry is set to join the starting five. He logged just nine minutes and scored three points in Portland's last matchup against Dallas, but he should be in line for a large increase in playing time Thursday. Curry has notched just one double-digit scoring total through 20 games this year.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Out Thursday
McCollum (ankle) is out Thursday against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
A sprained left ankle will prevent McCollum from taking the court Thursday, and the Blazers will look to fill his 34.3 minutes per game. He has yet to miss a contest this season, so it's not immediately clear who will be a beneficiary. Seth Curry, Evan Turner and Nik Stauskas are all candidates to start and/or see extra run.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Questionable for Thursday
McCollum is listed as questionable for Thursday's game the Suns with a left ankle sprain, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
It's unclear when McCollum suffered the injury, however it didn't seem to affect him in the Blazers last game as he played 40 minutes. More information on his status should come out Thursday morning after the team's shootaround. If McCollum doesn't play, Seth Curry or Evan Turner would likely replace him in the starting lineup.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Approaches triple-double
Lillard registered 33 points (10-23 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 11-12 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block across 38 minutes Tuesday in the Trail Blazers' 111-102 loss to the Mavericks.
Lillard poured in 25 of his 33 points in the second half, but his efforts weren't enough after the Mavericks carried a 15-point lead into intermission. The point guard has topped 30 points in four of the past five contests while averaging 6.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Continues solid run
Aminu finished with 12 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes Tuesday in the Trail Blazers' 111-102 loss to the Mavericks.
After performing in maddeningly inconsistent fashion over the Blazers' first 21 games, Aminu has finally settled into a groove over the past three contests. He's averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 treys, 1.3 assists and one steal in 33 minutes per contest during that stretch, but the scoring production is buoyed by a wildly unsustainable 79.2 percent shooting from the field. Fantasy owners can take satisfaction in Aminu's recent strong run, but his numbers will likely dip suddenly once he veers closer to the 42.2 percent shooter he's been throughout his career.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Evan Turner: Fills up box score in 30 minutes
Turner tallied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 111-102 loss to the Mavericks.
Turner returned to the lineup following a one-game absence due to Achilles inflammation. It's an injury that fantasy owners might want to keep tabs on, but as long as it passes, Turner figures to continue running the show for the team's second unit. Turner is still fairly inconsistent, but he's clearly the focal point whenever Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, whose minutes haven't been staggered much this season, catch their breath on the bench.... See More ... See Less