Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had identical 7-of-18 shooting performances on Wednesday, with Lillard finishing with 21 points, seven boards, six assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

Lillard and McCollum are both in the top-15 for scoring this season, and tonight they joined Kevin Durant and Steph Curry as the only teammate tandem with 1,000 points on the season. The Blazers have fallen on hard times lately, and they're way behind their record at the same point last year, but fortunately that doesn't matter for fantasy owners.
Jan 18 - 10:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu shot just 2-of-7 for seven points on Wednesday, but he also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

Moe Harkless had a similarly subtle line, with nine points, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. Mason Plumlee added 10 boards, eight points and three swats tonight, but the end result was another defeat. The Blazers are 6-16 over the past six weeks and they've fallen a full game behind Denver for the No. 8 seed.
Jan 18 - 10:54 PM

Allen Crabbe had another forgettable performance during Wednesday's road loss, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one 3-pointer, one steal, and zero rebounds, assists or blocks.

The Blazers had "the equivalent of a players-only meeting" on Tuesday and they came out strong tonight, building a small first-quarter lead, but they were destroyed in the second and fourth quarters. Crabbe has gone off a few times in recent weeks, but he's far too inconsistent to rely on for every-night production.
Jan 18 - 10:52 PM

Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Davis only lasted five minutes on Monday night before the ankle flared up on him, so he could be spending a few games on the shelf here as he gets his ankle back to 100 percent. Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will likely split Davis' minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops.
Jan 17 - 5:02 PM

Damian Lillard scored 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in a 120-101 loss to the Wizards on Monday.

The Blazers were basically traffic cones on the defensive end to put them on a two-game losing streak. Lillard has not been right since his return from an ankle injury, averaging just 21.8 points, 6.7 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.0 steals and 2.5 treys on 40.0 percent from the field in those six games. That's good for just eighth-round value, so he is a buy-low player right now.
Jan 16 - 5:08 PM

Moe Harkless didn't play well in his return to the lineup on Monday, failing to score with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 19 minutes.

He only missed one game due to his strained calf. Harkless has cooled off a tad since Al-Farouq Aminu returned to the lineup, posting just 11th round value in his last 12 games. Some of that is due to his subpar foul shooting lately, so he's still a hold in all standard leagues.
Jan 16 - 5:03 PM

Allen Crabbe scored five points with three rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Monday.

He will continue to come off the bench as the combo wing for the Blazers. Crabbe has value in deeper leagues and would gain even more value if anything happened to the starting perimeter players.
Jan 16 - 4:57 PM

C.J. McCollum scored 12 points with two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Wizards on Monday.

His 25-plus scoring streak finally comes to an end at eight games. McCollum was actually the No. 1 player in standard leagues over that span due to his incredible shooting on pull-ups and adding stats across the board. The reigning Most Improved Player has improved yet again.
Jan 16 - 4:52 PM

Allen Crabbe will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Wizards.

Moe Harkless (calf) is back in the starting lineup, so Crabbe's run as a starter has concluded. That being said, Crabbe has actually been better as a reserve this season, so the demotion to the second unit shouldn't have a significant impact on his value. Still, he's only worth owning as a deep league 3-point specialist.
Jan 16 - 1:58 PM

Moe Harkless (left calf strain) will start on Monday vs. the Wizards.

He just finished his pre-game warmups without any setbacks, so Harkless' fantasy owners can activate him in season-long lineups. Allen Crabbe will return to the bench, but his numbers are actually better in the second unit anyways.
Jan 16 - 1:25 PM

Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is available to play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

He was considered questionable, but he said his ankle felt fine after warmups. Davis has played 21 or less minutes in three straight games, so he shouldn't be in many fantasy lineups.
Jan 16 - 12:41 PM

Moe Harkless (left calf strain) is a game-time call vs. the Wizards on Monday.

He will test his calf in the pre-game warmups, so we should have an answer within the hour. Allen Crabbe started in his place on Friday and scored seven points, so there's not a lot to like from a fantasy perspective if Harkless sits. Ed Davis (ankle) is still a game-time call.
Jan 16 - 12:35 PM

Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Wizards.

It's unclear exactly when Davis suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Meyers Leonard would have the opportunity for some extended minutes off the bench, but he's too inconsistent to rely upon in standard settings.
Jan 15 - 4:50 PM

Moe Harkless (left calf strain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards.

Harkless was a limited participant during Sunday's practice, and he was spotted getting some shots up afterward, so things are trending in a positive direction here. Allen Crabbe moved into the starting lineup on Friday with Harkless unavailable, but he'll head back to the bench if Harkless is able to give it a go on Monday. Check back for another update following shootaround.
Jan 15 - 4:45 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will not be with the Blazers on their four-game trip, but his agent says it is not because of an impending knee surgery.

Per Blazer beat writer Joe Freeman: "Before leaving, Ezeli approached teammates and exchanged hugs/handshakes. Like he was saying bye. Blazers are leaving for a four-game trip Saturday, but it sure seemed like Ezeli was saying bye for good (or extended time) rather than a week." We will update the situation when we have more info. However, this doesn't have a significant fantasy impact, as Ezeli has been ruled out indefinitely due to a knee injury.
Jan 14 - 9:13 AM


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