Player News - Trail Blazers

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C.J. McCollum led Portland with 27 points during Wednesday's Game 5 win in L.A., making 9-of-18 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four boards, four assists and two blocks.

He committed just one turnover in 38 minutes, and he knocked down two 3-pointers while joining Damian Lillard in a second-half surge that led to a double-digit road victory. Portland is one win away from advancing to a second-round matchup with the Warriors, and their odds are looking good with a home game looming and both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out of commission.
Apr 28 - 12:59 AM

Moe Harkless double-doubled in 33 minutes of action on Wednesday, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line.

Harkless scored 17 of his points in the first half, unexpectedly carrying a sluggish Blazers' offense that picked up steam after halftime. Harkless gave L.A. problems with his defensive versatility and speed in transition, and he even knocked down two 3-pointers to round out a thoroughly impressive evening.
Apr 28 - 12:58 AM

Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game.
Apr 28 - 12:58 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu followed up Monday's career performance with seven points, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block during the Blazers' Game 5 win in L.A.

Aminu's calling card is his defense, so it's no surprise to see him come back to earth. He was lousy from downtown in Games 1-3 before erupting for 30 points in a critical Game 4 win in Portland, and tonight it was his all-around play that got it done -- he shot a mere 1-of-6 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, while missing all five of his 3-point attempts.
Apr 28 - 12:57 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 30 points against the Clippers during a Game 4 98-84 win on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

Wow. It's the best scoring game of his career for regular season and playoffs. Aminu joined Russell Westbrook and Paul Millsap as the only players with a game of 30-plus points and 10-plus boards this postseason. Coach Terry Stotts has played Aminu at the four a lot in this series and that'll continue for the rest of this round and likely in the next round, assuming they advance. Aminu has played at least 35 minutes in each of three games and is certainly someone to consider the rest of the way for DFS.
Apr 26 - 2:00 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

Damian Lillard didn't have it tonight and McCollum carried the backcourt for scoring. He didn't turn the ball over at all in this game after turning it over twice in each of the previous three games. Expect him to flirt with 20 points the rest of the way.
Apr 26 - 1:55 AM

Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday.
Apr 26 - 1:52 AM

Mason Plumlee scored two points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

That's two huge games as the Blazers are running a ton of offense through Plumlee right now. He is coming off a 21-board, nine-dime game in Game 3. Plumlee was losing some playing time to Ed Davis to end the regular season, but he's cleared the 30-minute mark in each of his last three games.
Apr 26 - 1:48 AM

Allen Crabbe admitted that he hasn't had the first round he'd like to vs. the Clippers to date.

"Pretty self explanatory: I haven’t really had the series that I’ve wanted to," Crabbe said. "But we still have more games to play, so there’s no reason for me to dwell on what’s been done. Just go into tonight with a better attitude and change the things I haven’t been able to do." Terry Stotts isn't going to go away from his struggling player, saying "we need (Crabbe’s) minutes." Crabbe, who will be looking for other ways to contribute, has made just 2-of-12 shots for a total of six points through Portland's first three playoff games. Both of his made shots and all six points came in Game 1, so there's nowhere to go but up for a guy who has been scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting over his last two contests.
Source: CSN NW
Apr 25 - 2:10 PM

Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up.
Apr 24 - 1:42 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 27 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He had his coming-out party last postseason against the Grizzlies. McCollum received his Most Improved Player trophy at tonight's game and he was all business to set the stage for a must-win game. He has a little added motivation against the Clippers due to the memorable clerical error from the Blazers against coach Doc Rivers earlier this season. Expect another nice line from C.J. at home on Game 4.
Apr 24 - 1:36 AM

Mason Plumlee grabbed 21 boards against the Clippers on Saturday, adding six points, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

His 21 boards are the highest total in this playoffs. His nine assists are the highest total among Blazers centers since Arvydas Sabonis in 1989. That's also two great games in a row with a 17-point, 10-board, seven-dime game on Wednesday, so Plumlee looks like a nice DFS target right now.
Apr 24 - 1:32 AM

C.J. McCollum has officially been named the Most Improved Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

He was the runaway winner, finishing with 101 first place votes with Kemba Walker finishing in second place with seven votes. "CJ worked extremely hard to have the season that he had this year," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "His work ethic and commitment to improve is the reason he is deserving of this award. He is an example to everyone what can be accomplished with diligent practice and a belief that you can always get better." McCollum finished the regular season with averages of 20.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.2 boards, 1.2 steals and 2.5 3-pointers, returning top-50 value in standard leagues. He's a stud and we hope you listened to us and drafted him this season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 22 - 10:05 AM

Mason Plumlee scored a personal postseason-high 17 points during Wednesday's Game 2 defeat, making 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with 10 boards, seven assists, two steals and one block.

Plumlee also committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He was tremendous after the first quarter and kept his team close until the fourth, but it speaks volumes that he tied Damian Lillard for the team-lead in scoring. The Blazers went 0-16 when scoring 95 points or fewer during the regular season, and they were held to just 81 points tonight, so coach Terry Stotts will go back to the drawing board for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday.
Apr 21 - 1:35 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu shot 4-of-13 on Wednesday, including 1-of-7 from downtown, to finish with nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

Aminu is now 3-of-15 from deep in the series and most of his misses are of the wide-open variety. He was a combined 18-of-36 from deep in the final seven games of the regular season, and Portland needs him defensively, so there's no reason to think his role will shrink in Game 3.
Apr 21 - 1:31 AM


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