Player News - Trail Blazers

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C.J. McCollum scored 18 points during a 111-88 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, adding two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

The Jazz can shut down the best of them and they took care of the dynamic duo in this one. Damian Lillard was even worse, making just 3-of-19 from the field for 13 points. Lillard also had some cheers in this game with some Weber State fans showing up to give Dame some love. Both Dame and C.J. could see some of their teammates get traded, but they will have terrific value regardless.
Feb 16 - 12:38 AM

Noah Vonleh did not attempt any shots against the Jazz on Wednesday with seven rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.

He probably didn't lose his job as the starter here. Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) did not play, so Vonleh was the only healthy power forward on the depth chart. Considering the Jazz's size, that explains why Ed Davis started today. Even if Vonleh starts, he has very little value in fantasy .
Feb 16 - 12:35 AM

Ed Davis scored seven points with five rebounds as the starter against the Jazz on Wednesday.

It was a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert for his 19 minutes, but coach Terry Stotts even starting Davis next to Meyers Leonard bodes well. Davis did also outplay Leonard over the last two games, so he may wind up being the No. 2 big in the rotation -- Jusuf Nurkic looked terrific today. Davis is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Feb 16 - 12:32 AM

Meyers Leonard scored 10 points with one rebound, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He has not been very good as the starter. Coach Terry Stotts will have the All-Star break to get into the lab and figure out what lineup combos he wants to use next to his star guards. Leonard's lack of rebounding will be a big negative for their style of play, too. There's a good chance Leonard won't be one of them, so leave him on the wire.
Feb 16 - 12:30 AM

Jusuf Nurkic had an impressive debut against the Jazz on Wednesday, making all five attempts from the field for 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes.

Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic could have an opportunity to start at some point, so this game certainly helped his case. Plus, Meyers Leonard has not looked good at all in the starting lineup. Although, the Blazers have the third-lowest frequency in post-up possessions because of how their guards dominate, and Nurkic is ranked third among players in that department. That could mean he's a better fit in the second unit. Whether he starts or not, Nurkic looks like he's headed for minutes in a good offense. He will have some consistency issues, but it makes sense to add him with his change of scenery possibly giving him some added incentive to play well.
Feb 16 - 12:10 AM

Noah Vonleh will come off the bench vs. Utah on Wednesday.

Ed Davis is starting alongside Meyers Leonard tonight in an attempt to combat Utah's imposing frontcourt. Vonleh hasn't made much noise even when he's starting, so this shouldn't impact many lineups.
Feb 15 - 8:48 PM

Ed Davis will start and Noah Vonleh will come off the bench against the Jazz on Wednesday.

It makes sense. Vonleh is the only healthy true power forward and the Jazz have a big frontline, so coach Terry Stotts will go big early against Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Davis is coming off a double-double, so he could be a viable option in DFS today. He's a sneaky deep-league guy, especially if Jusuf Nurkic doesn't start.
Feb 15 - 8:46 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

This is a big blow for the Blazers rotation to finish up their first half. On Monday, Aminu played 39 minutes at power forward in the OT loss to the Hawks. It was Noah Vonleh picking up the remaining 14 power forward minutes, so this is likely his biggest opportunity of the season. Although, the Blazers will likely be going with some two-center lineups against a bigger Jazz team, so Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and maybe Jusuf Nurkic can all get involved today. To be clear, rolling Vonleh in fantasy is a very, very risky move on a 14-game night.
Feb 15 - 2:40 PM

The Trail Blazers are reportedly open to moving Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner (hand), Al-Farouq Aminu or Ed Davis if the right offer comes along.

Portland is looking to either acquire some draft picks or save money, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see one of these guys dealt at the deadline. Portland currently owns the second-highest payroll in the NBA at $119 million, and that number will spike to $137 million next season when C.J. McCollum's extension kicks in. It's hard to justify spending that sort of cash when you're fighting for the No. 8 seed out West.
Source: Hoops Hype
Feb 15 - 10:01 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (left knee sprain) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

It's unclear exactly when Aminu suffered this injury, but it would make sense for Portland to just keep him on the sidelines on Wednesday to give him some extra rest heading into the All-Star break. If Aminu is out, Moe Harkless would easily see his minutes in the 30s and there would be some increased opportunity for Meyers Leonard to get on the court.
Feb 14 - 5:57 PM

Terry Stotts said that Jusuf Nurkic will make his Trail Blazers' debut Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

Nurkic said that his skill set wasn't utilized correctly in Denver, and he's eager to play alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. However, Stotts has already said that he'll ease Nurkic into Portland's system by bringing him off the bench, but with guys like Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard as his only real competition for the starting center spot, you figure he's got a good chance of winning that battle. Nurkic is worth taking a flier on in most leagues.
Feb 14 - 4:00 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu hit just 5-of-14 shots but also made four 3-pointers and finished Monday's overtime loss to the Hawks with 14 points, 15 rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes.

Aminu's been rolling, averaging 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, and has hit double digits in scoring in three straight. He's getting 33 minutes a night right now and even though Aminu may continue to come off the bench, he's worth owning in all formats right now if you have someone to drop.
Feb 14 - 2:13 AM

Ed Davis played 27 minutes and had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a block off the Blazers' bench in Monday's 109-104 overtime loss to the Hawks.

Davis was nice and finished the game tonight, but it's important to note that starter Meyers Leonard was on the bench down the stretch with five fouls. Either way, Jusuf Nurkic should be starting for this team after the All-Star break, meaning neither Davis, nor Leonard, are guys you want to be targeting right now. Especially if you take a look at the game logs for Davis and Leonard this season.
Feb 14 - 2:08 AM

C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-24 shots and three 3-pointers for 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Monday's overtime loss to the Hawks.

Damian Lillard hit just 6-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, six boards and four assists in the loss. The Blazers scored the first seven points of overtime, but the Hawks responded with 12 unanswered points and held on for the comeback win. Lillard has hit just 37 percent of his shots over his last five games, but CJM's been holding it down at 49 percent over that stretch.
Feb 14 - 2:04 AM

Moe Harkless hit 7-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Monday's overtime 109-104 win over the Blazers.

Harkless had six offensive rebounds in this one and one of them helped the team reach overtime. Harkless was due for a big game after scoring eight or fewer points in his previous four games. His rebounding was key tonight, while the rest of his game was solid, and he clearly benefitted by the absence of Mason Plumlee tonight. However, once Jusuf Nurkic is ready and up to speed, Harkless could easily fall right back into his hole. This was Harkless' highest-scoring game since prior to Christmas, which is why we're not all that excited about it.
Feb 14 - 1:53 AM


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