Player News - Trail Blazers

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LaMarcus Aldridge made 12-of-20 from the field for 27 points against the Pelicans on Saturday during a 114-88 win, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

It's not often Anthony Davis isn't the best power forward on the court on a given night, but LMA carved him up all night. He is coming off a 32-point game from Friday and has a double-double in 15 of his last 17 games. The Blazers are on a five-game winning streak and they'll look to extend it on Monday at Houston. Aldridge is one of the best fantasy big men around.
Dec 20 - 9:37 PM

Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target.
Dec 20 - 9:33 PM

Chris Kaman played 22 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with 16 points, six rebounds and one steal.

According to the Blazers broadcast, Kaman's wife is expecting their first child, but they've actually past her due date. If she is still pregnant on Christmas, they will induce labor. In actual basketball news, Kaman should see minutes in the mid-20s, which will give him low-end value in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 9:30 PM

Thomas Robinson played well against the Pelicans on Saturday, making 6-of-8 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

He was great on the offensive end and was able to attempt six shots at the rim while making both of his jumpers. Robinson is only going to be used heavily in the right matchups and garbage time helped a bit tonight, so fantasy owners in standard leagues might want to look elsewhere.
Dec 20 - 9:28 PM

Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues.
Dec 20 - 5:50 PM

Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy.
Dec 20 - 5:36 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) will play on Saturday night against the Pelicans.

He said earlier this week that he's having trouble shooting, which has been a major issue all season, Batum should still find ways to fill it up in other categories, so get him in your lineup. Additionally, he might be one of the best buy-low options in standard leagues because these injuries are just from a bad fall.
Dec 20 - 5:32 PM

Damian Lillard drew high praise from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after his career-high 43 points in the Blazers' triple-overtime win on Friday.

"Damian was unbelievable", coach Popovich said. "He was unguardable. He just took it upon himself and single-handedly did us in. He was amazing." It is rare for Pop to compliment opposing players like this, and it speaks volumes of Lillard's performance. Lillard has been a bargain for his owners this season, and has easily become an elite fantasy asset in all leagues. Keep him locked into all lineups and enjoy the show.
Dec 20 - 9:12 AM

Damian Lillard was outstanding in the Blazers' triple-overtime win in San Antonio on Friday, scoring a career-high 43 points on 16-of-29 shooting (4-of-9 3PTs, 7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 53 minutes.

Lillard stole the show late and his mid first-round value is a solid return on his second round ADP. LaMarcus Aldridge went for 32 and 16 with five steals, two blocks, and a three, and Wesley Matthews scored 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two threes for the shorthanded Blazers.
Dec 20 - 1:57 AM

Thomas Robinson managed just two points, six rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs.

Robinson is coming off a 15 and 16 night against the Bucks, but he's prone to these type of outcomes and owners should look for consistency before considering an add.
Dec 20 - 1:52 AM

Chris Kaman scored just six points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs.

The Spurs had no problem containing Kaman and he has yet to make good on any of the opportunity presented by Robin Lopez's long-term hand injury. There's a long way to go with that, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the double-doubles come down the road.
Dec 20 - 1:50 AM

Steve Blake logged 36 minutes off the bench in Friday's triple-overtime win, scoring 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and two threes.

Blake is worth a look as a low-end play while Batum is out following his hard fall on Wednesday.
Dec 20 - 1:48 AM

Allen Crabbe will start at small forward for Friday's game vs. the Spurs with Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) unavailable.

Crabbe is averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game with the starting unit this season, so there's not much to like here. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Dec 19 - 8:03 PM

Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 8:02 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned.


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