Player News - Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard made 10-of-15 from the field for 31 points during a 117-108 win over the Mavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He was rolling to start this game, making all nine of his first shots including all seven of those treys. That's not really a surprise because Lillard is en fuego since returning from injury, averaging 26.8 points, 4.7 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the line. The Blazers are right in the thick of the playoff race and Dame's owners can expect him to suit up for every game he can as a top-10 player in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 1:28 AM

C.J. McCollum finished with 26 points over 38 minutes in Saturday's 117-108 victory against the Mavericks.

McCollum was 11-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 2-of-2 from the free-throw stripe. He also picked up four rebounds, two assists and a steal, but he ended up with a team-worst minus-14 rating. He was feeling a bit nauseous last time out, but he didn't seem to be dealing with any ill effects of the situation.
Jan 21 - 1:25 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

He did have some decent momentum coming into this game, but he was sloppy on both ends of the floor. Nurkic did also tweak his right elbow when he got tangled up with Salah Mejri, but it sounds like he's OK. He's been a bit of a headache in fantasy this season.
Jan 21 - 1:23 AM

Ed Davis played 24 minutes with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

He stepped up with Jusuf Nurkic getting into some foul trouble, but there's not much else to this here. Davis is only a handcuff and he probably wouldn't get a big bump anyway.
Jan 21 - 1:21 AM

Shabazz Napier scored eight points four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

The minutes were down due to some bigger lineups, but Napier did play well in his time out there. For what it's worth, Dame Lillard said after the game that Napier was encouraging to pass the ball more late in the contest, so Napier looks to have the star player in his corner. He's worth a long look if you need a point guard.
Jan 21 - 1:19 AM

Shabazz Napier (illness) is probable Saturday to face the Mavs.

He left practice early for an upper respiratory, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow to figure out how ill he is. Last night, he played nine minutes next to both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. He also played next to just Dame for 12 minutes and eight minutes next to just C.J. Coach Terry Stotts said he is going to play him more, so he's trending up and is worth a look if you need a PG.
Jan 19 - 4:12 PM

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 26 points during a 100-86 win over the Pacers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

It's safe to say he's back as he's driving more and getting to the line more frequently, too. Since his return on Jan. 10, Lillard averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 treys on 47.8 percent from the field and 88.6 percent from the line -- 7.0 attempts per game from the charity stripe, too. His fantasy owners can probably expect him to flirt with top-10 value the rest of the way, especially with the Blazers in the thick of the playoff race.
Jan 19 - 12:53 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

It's a much-needed Nurk Alert after two terrible games in favorable matchups against the Suns and Wolves, averaging just 8.5 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. On the positive side, Nurkic is finally making his shots from the field at 52.0 percent from the field this month before his 8-of-14 tonight (57.1 percent). He still has some major work to do to meet his ADP price, but things are looking up right now.
Jan 19 - 12:48 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He did go to the locker room for about five minutes in the second half, but McCollum did return to the game in the fourth. The team said he went to the locker room for nausea, so maybe he had a stomach issue. The Blazers get Friday off before they take on the Mavs on Saturday, so McCollum should be fine for that one.
Jan 19 - 12:43 AM

Shabazz Napier scored 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts said he was going to try to get Napier more minutes and he kept his word. We've seen the Blazers go with more Napier before and he was able to get to minutes in the upper 20s even when Dame Lillard was healthy back in a late-November stretch. Napier probably won't be a difference-making add in most leagues, but give him a look if you need a point guard.
Jan 19 - 12:40 AM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he may tweak the rotation to get Shabazz Napier more minutes.

"Coach talked to us a little bit about doing some different things with the rotation," C.J. McCollum said. "Trying to figure out different ways to get us on the court together and have [Shabazz] out there." We've seen some 3-PG lineups for the Blazers in recent weeks with Napier sharing the floor with Damian Lillard and McCollum, and it makes sense for Portland to get Napier more involved because he's been really solid on offense. He's an excellent handcuff for Lillard's owners and will have some standalone value if this trend continues.
Source: Oregon Live
Jan 18 - 9:40 AM

Damian Lillard said his calf isn't 100 percent, but he believes he's getting closer.

"When I came back I knew that it would take some time just to be able to move comfortably," Lillard said after Tuesday's win vs. the Suns. "The last few games each game it's gotten better. In Minnesota [on Sunday], I just felt good moving around. Tonight, I just felt good. I felt almost normal at times." He certainly hasn't looked unhealthy since returning to action, putting up 26.0 points per game in his last four outings with at least seven dimes in each.
Source: Oregon Live
Jan 18 - 9:36 AM

Shabazz Napier played through a sore back and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

While it's true he's a must-start any time the Blazers are without Damian Lillard, he's actually managed to stay afloat with Lillard back. He returned to action four games ago and Napier has averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch, despite sitting out the entire second half on Sunday with the back problem. Those aren't must-own numbers and he's tough to trust with Lillard healthy, but he might be worth grabbing, especially as a Lillard insurance policy.
Jan 17 - 1:01 AM

C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January.
Jan 17 - 12:53 AM

Damian Lillard hit 11-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 118-111 win over the Suns.

Devin Booker stole the headlines with his 43-point performance, but despite the final score, the Blazers were in control of this game throughout, with Lillard and C.J. McCollum (27 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 6 3-pointers) leading the charge. Lillard's been back from his calf injury for four games and hasn't missed a beat, going off for 26 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in those four games.
Jan 17 - 12:49 AM


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