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Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Will not play Wednesday
Harkless (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
This will mark the ninth straight absence for Harkless and he remains without a timetable for a return. Jake Laymen will continue starting at small forward.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Hopeful to play Wednesday
Lillard didn't practice Tuesday due to a right knee injury and will be a game-time decision for Wednesday' game against the Lakers, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
Lillard appeared to suffer a minor knee injury during Sunday's contest, although he managed to play through the issue. He rehabbed his knee for nearly four hours Monday and is optimistic about his chances of taking the court in Portland's upcoming tilt, although a final decision on his availability likely won't come until closer to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Seth Curry: Leads bench in scoring
Curry poured in nine points (3-5 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and added two assists across 20 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 100-94 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Curry found his long-distance shot Sunday, leading the second unit in scoring courtesy of his trio of treys. The fifth-year veteran has had some trouble knocking off the rust after missing all of last season, but he's encouragingly shooting 50.0 percent from behind the arc through six November contests. As he demonstrated during the 2016-17 campaign in Dallas, Curry is capable of providing plenty of offense if he can rediscover his shot on a consistent basis.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Hits key threes in win
Aminu went for 11 points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 100-94 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Aminu exclusively hit from long distance Sunday, but his buckets came at particularly crucial moments. The veteran floor-spacer drained a 26-footer with 2:34 remaining after the Celtics had closed their deficit to two points, and he then extended Portland's lead back out to six points with a 25-footer with a minute left in the contest. Aminu's scoring contributions tend to fluctuate, but he now has back-to-back 11-point efforts and has hauled in between six and 13 rebounds in all six November contests.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Supplemental offensive contributions in win
McCollum pitched in 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 100-94 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
McCollum's line was a bit more scoring-dependent than usual, but he still managed to post his fifth straight double-digit point tally. Sunday's game aside, the 27-year-old has been more active than ever on the boards this season, averaging a career-high 4.1 rebounds. McCollum has also encouragingly upped his shooting percentage from last season's 44.3 percent to 45.1 percent through the first 13 games of the current campaign, making it a solid fantasy season thus far.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Massive double-double in Sunday's win
Nurkic posted 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 17 rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 100-94 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Nurkic dominated the boards throughout the contest, working around some foul trouble to post his second-highest rebounding figure of the season. The 24-year-old already has a trio of double-doubles over his first six November games, and after a couple of single-digit point tallies in October, he's remained consistent on the scoring front thus far in the current month. Factoring in Sunday's production, Nurkic is averaging an impressive 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 blocks over his last six contests.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Shines as facilitator in win
Lillard generated 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 assists and five rebounds across 35 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 100-94 win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Lillard's assist total represented a season high, and he also managed to bump up his shooting percentage for the second straight game after a pair of contests with sub-40.0 percent tallies. The 28-year-old has also drained multiple threes in five of his first six November tilts and continues to boast career bests in shooting percentage (46.5), free-throw percentage (94.0) and rebounds (5.0) through his first 13 games.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Out Sunday vs. Celtics
Harkless (knee) is out Sunday against the Celtics, Jamie Hudson of NBCS Northwest reports.
Harkless has been sidelined since late October due to right knee soreness. His next chance to take the floor arrives Wednesday against the Lakers.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Limited production in 26 minutes
Collins had 10 points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), and nine rebounds in 26 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
Collins played 26 minutes Thursday, three more than starter Jusuf Nurkic. Despite the playing time, Collins was only able to produce 10 points to go with nine rebounds. While this looks good on the surface, it does make the third consecutive game without a blocked shot. His early season value was based around blocks and high field-goal percentages. If he is not doing either of those, he is going to be limited to deeper formats moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Scores 23 points in Thursday's victory
McCollum produced 23 points (8-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 34 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
After exploding for 41 points Tuesday, McCollum was able to put up 23 points in a much more subdued effort Thursday. His efficiency was down when compared to his most recent efforts and he failed to record a steal for the seventh time this season. His lack of assists and defensive numbers are what puts a cap on his overall value but nonetheless, he remains a must roster player in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Limited minutes due to foul trouble
Nurkic finished with 16 points (4-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, and one assist in 23 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
Nurkic fouled out in just 23 minutes Thursday but still managed to come within a single rebound of a double-double. He has now recorded six straight double-digit scoring efforts while also contributing at least 10 rebounds in three of those. After a mini-slump, he appears to be back to what owners had been hoping for when he was drafted. His minutes do fluctuate from game-to-game but he has the ability to produce in limited playing time and so needs to be owned in leagues everywhere.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Records team-high 25 points Thursday
Lillard managed 25 points (11-25 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
Lillard failed to get to the free-throw line for the second consecutive game, finishing with 25 points Thursday. He appears to be struggling somewhat with his shot right now but will undoubtedly be able to turn it around sooner rather than later. Those with Lillard on their roster will simply have to ride this out and wait for the assumed bounce back which could come as soon as Sunday against the Celtics.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Out Thursday vs. Clippers
Harkless (knee) is out Thursday against the Clippers, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
Harkless will miss a seventh straight game Thursday as a result of knee soreness. Jake Layman is expected to continue starting in Harkless' stead.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Production trending down after hot start
Collins registered nine points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds across 24 minutes Tuesday in the Trail Blazers' 118-103 win over the Bucks.
Coach Terry Stotts split the playing time just about evenly between starter Jusuf Nurkic (25 minutes) and Collins, with the latter turning in the less eye-popping stat line of the two. Nurkic doesn't seem in danger of losing out of the top job at the position, but his occasionally up-and-down play should pave the way for Collins to at least see minutes in the high teens throughout the season. Collins was a remarkably efficient producer through the Blazers' first seven games with averages of 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 three-pointers in only 21.9 minutes, but he's fallen below almost all of those marks in the last four contests while turning the ball over eight times. Despite the recent struggles, Collins' well-rounded production makes him a useful depth piece outside of shallow formats, and he would likely warrant ownership in just about every league if Nurkic were to miss time with injury at any point.... See More ... See Less