Player News - Trail Blazers

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LaMarcus Aldridge stayed hot against the Nuggets on Saturday during a 120-114 win, making 13-of-20 from the field for 32 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

He carried his team on Friday in a big win at Phoenix and the Blazers have won all three games since LMA returned from a finger injury on Wednesday. They still only have the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, but they should be able to lock down the No. 4 seed because they should win their division. Aldridge and the Blazers get four games this week with three on national TV, too (Suns, Clippers and Lakers).
Mar 29 - 12:52 AM

Arron Afflalo scored 21 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 8-of-11 from the field.

Revenge game? Afflalo didn't really have beef with Denver, but this was a very, very overdue positive showing. His two steals and 21 points were the most he's produced in a Blazer uniform. We'll need to see it again, especially considering he's been posting some single-digit usage rates this month.
Mar 29 - 12:48 AM

Damian Lillard made 4-of-11 from the field for eight points with three boards, 10 assists, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He's in a slump. He made just 4-of-15 from the field on Friday and tonight was just his third game without a trey on the season. On the bright side, the Blazers are on a three-game winning streak. He also had four fouls in a game for just the third time in 2015. His fantasy owners will get a four-game week starting on Monday, assuming they were able to withstand the Lillard drought this week.
Mar 29 - 12:44 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit a few wild shots against the Suns during an 87-81 victory on Friday, scoring a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

The Suns did a decent job on defense, but Aldridge was just knocking down contested shots. He made all six shots from the field in the fourth quarter for 15 points in that frame. Aldridge doesn't appear to be bothered by an index finger injury that kept him out of action on Tuesday, so his fantasy owners can keep him locked and loaded for Saturday because coach Terry Stotts isn't a fan of resting players. In his three previous games against the Nuggets, LMA averaged 26.3 points and 3.0 blocks per game, so his owners should have high hopes.
Mar 28 - 2:44 AM

Robin Lopez double-doubled against the Suns on Friday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

Revenge game? He had six offensive boards and put up his second double-double since the break. Lopez hasn't attempted more than eight shots from the field or blocked more than one shot in any game since Mar. 15, so his fantasy value isn't great right now. Hopefully this game will get him going. Ro-Lo is a fringe player to own in standard leagues.
Mar 28 - 2:37 AM

Chris Kaman returned from a shoulder injury against the Suns on Friday with four points, 11 boards and one steal in 18 minutes.

Besides the inflated rebounding total, this was a fair expectation for Kaman. He will have a minutes cap on him regardless of depth on the team, so he's only an option in very deep leagues.
Mar 28 - 2:34 AM

Nicolas Batum scored five points with nine rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 32 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

It was his first game back from a two-game absence. Batum wasn't thoroughly involved with the scoring, but he did a fine job setting up LaMarcus Aldridge. Batum was rolling before his back injury, so expect him to pick it up on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.
Mar 28 - 2:31 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He played on Wednesday and Aldridge is fully expected to play even in road game during a back-to-back set. Aldridge didn't have success against the Suns his last time out with a 19-point game on 38.9 percent shooting, so he should be much better tonight.
Mar 27 - 2:48 PM

Chris Kaman (shoulder) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He has been out since last week and the Blazers were able to get Joel Freeland some minutes. Kaman will likely be close to 15-20 minutes and is only an option in very deep leagues on a 13-game night.
Mar 27 - 2:45 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He missed the last two games and should be ready to play tonight. Batum reportedly looked good in warmups on Wednesday, but the team still held him out. Hopefully he doesn't aggravate his back injury and puts up a big line in what should be a high-scoring game. Dorell Wright can be dropped in most leagues while C.J. McCollum will also take a big hit.
Mar 27 - 2:41 PM

Nicolas Batum was actually listed as a starter at one point on Wednesday, and it then sounded like he would come off the bench for the Blazers as he deals with a sore back. However, he never got into the game.

We're not quite sure what happened here, but the Blazers were not comfortable playing him tonight. The fact he appeared to be a go should be viewed as good news though, and hopefully he'll be back on Friday against the Suns. Allen Crabbe got the surprise start, but Dorell Wright had 15 points, five boards and three 3-pointers, and looks like the safest option if Batum is going to miss more time.
Mar 26 - 2:23 AM

Allen Crabbe made a surprising start for the Blazers with Nicolas Batum out with a back injury, and hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, five rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

The last blurb we posted on Crabbe was back on Feb. 2, when he was ticked off about falling out of the rotation. The Blazers got the win tonight and Batum could miss more time, so he's at least worth keeping an eye on. Dorell Wright was better off the bench with 15 points, five boards, two assists, a steal and three 3-pointers, and is the guy we'd recommend using for as long as Batum is out. C.J. McCollum had seven points, four boards and a steal in 21 minutes, and is another option when Batum is sitting. However, it sounded as if Batum would play off the bench tonight, so he should be getting very close to a return.
Mar 26 - 2:17 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a finger injury on Wednesday and had 19 points, nine rebounds and a block on 7-of-18 shooting.

Not bad at all, especially considering that owners of Nicolas Batum were tortured by seeing him in street clothes. Aldridge said after the game that his hand is still in pain, but not enough that it will prevent him from playing. Aldridge has truly been a warrior this season, playing through injury after injury.
Mar 26 - 2:13 AM

Nicolas Batum will come off the bench with Allen Crabbe starting in his place against the Jazz on Wednesday.

This sounds about right from coach Terry Stotts. Batum should still see a nice chunk of minutes tonight and should be in all lineups. Crabbe is not a fantasy option.
Mar 25 - 9:03 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything seems to be OK for Batum. There's no sign of him being limited, so his fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded tonight. Dorell Wright and Alonzo Gee are not attractive plays tonight.
Mar 25 - 8:54 PM


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