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C.J. McCollum scored a team-high 32 points during a 119-113 Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Damian Lillard was right behind C.J. with 31 points in a tough loss. It looked like Dame and C.J. were going to lead the Blazers to a win with a 17-point lead in the second half, but a Warriors outburst in the third quarter was just too much to overcome. The Blazers will likely have more minutes from Jusuf Nurkic on Monday, but they're in what looks to be an insurmountable 0-3 hole. Hopefully, the Blazers can extend this series on Monday.
Apr 23 - 1:37 AM

Jusuf Nurkic returned to the lineup during a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring two points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 17 minutes.

He made a big impact in the paint but Nurkic was not quite up to snuff on the conditioning side of things. He didn't have much life in his legs and he wasn't really doing much as a scorer. He'll have a couple days to get in better shape and should be in the 20s for minutes on Monday.
Apr 23 - 1:30 AM

Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He was effective off the bench and had three putback jams. Vonleh's minutes are likely going to drop into the teens during Game 4 on Monday, but he still gets a lot of credit for turning it on over the last month or so. Maybe he can parlay his recent play with a strong offseason to get him going next year.
Apr 23 - 1:28 AM

Evan Turner scored 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He picked up most of the minutes at the three due to Moe Harkless struggling a bit and Allen Crabbe possibly at less than 100 percent. Turner did play well on both ends for most of this game and may have earned heavy run again for Game 4 on Monday. That said, coach Terry Stotts doesn't exactly roll with the same rotations night in and night out.
Apr 23 - 1:28 AM

Moe Harkless scored one point with one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

His playing time took a significant hit because of Jusuf Nurkic returning and the Blazers not using as many small-ball four and five lineups. He'll likely be in the same neighborhood for minutes on Monday.
Apr 23 - 1:22 AM

Noah Vonleh will move to the bench for Game 3 on Saturday.

It makes sense as the Blazers try to limit the perimeter, so Vonleh may not get much playing time.
Apr 22 - 10:39 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will start and play limited minutes in Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

He's back. Nurkic went through warmups without an issue and will be out there to kick off his first playoff game. Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's minutes will depend on how he's feeling, so he doesn't have a specific cap on his playing time. Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will lose playing time.
Apr 22 - 9:09 PM

Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

He has gone through some non-contact portion of practice and is doubtful to play. Nurkic has said before he has super strength and he isn't feeling pain, so he does have a chance to play. Plus, the Blazers being in an 0-2 hole may help his chances to be out there. If he is cleared, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.
Apr 22 - 4:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has gone through non-contact portions of practice in the past two days.

He is still doubtful to play and not going through contact isn't the best sign. Pain tolerance was expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so it's possible he can play on Saturday. If he is a go, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.
Apr 22 - 3:00 PM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. Golden State on Saturday night.

McCollum tweaked his ankle is Game 1 but was listed as probable for Game 2 and was able to suit up. He is fully expected to log his typical 35-plus minutes on Saturday night. McCollum was on fire in Game 1, pouring in 41 points, but crashed back down to earth in Game 2, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Blazers need an efficient and effective McCollum to show up on Saturday if they are to have a shot at knocking off the Warriors.
Apr 22 - 9:26 AM

Allen Crabbe (foot) is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

Crabbe missed the final two games of the regular season with a foot issue but has been fine since the start of the playoffs. He is expected to play his usual allotment of minutes on Saturday night. The Blazers need Crabbe to contribute in Game 3, as his struggles are part of the reason Portland is a 0-2 hole. He has scored a total of just nine points on 4-for-15 shooting over the first two games.
Apr 22 - 9:16 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) has been upgraded to doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

Progress. Nurkic has said he's been pain free for over a week, but it sounds like he'll be out for at least one more game. Nurkic suffered the injury about a month ago, but non-displaced leg fractures have a wide range for a prognosis. If he's out again, Moe Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard should soak up most of the minutes at the PF and C spots.
Apr 21 - 3:19 PM

Moe Harkless scored a team-high 15 points in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Wednesday, making 5-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer.

Harkless also grabbed eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers. He started the game hot but quickly cooled off, and his team-high designation was purely the result of his teammates' inefficiency -- Portland shot a brutal 33.3 percent from the field. It's difficult to guess which Blazers' forward will play well on any given night.
Apr 20 - 1:37 AM

Damian Lillard shot 5-of-17 from the field during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

Lillard's struggles were symptomatic of the Blazers' overall offense tonight. They shot 33.3 percent, including a 7-of-34 mark from downtown, and wound up getting crushed by a final score of 110-81. Portland went 25-16 at home this season, as opposed to 16-25 on the road, and they'll look to tie up the series in Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday, respectively.
Apr 20 - 1:36 AM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) struggled in 30 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-17 from the field for 11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The postseason has been a tale of two games for McCollum, who was terrific in Game 1 but lousy in a lopsided defeat tonight. McCollum's ankle injury might have played a role but credit is also due to the Warriors' defense, and in particular Klay Thompson. McCollum gets two days to rest before Game 3 in Portland.
Apr 20 - 1:35 AM


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