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C.J. McCollum made scoring 32 points look easy during a 112-100 win over the Wolves on Saturday, making 11-of-13 from the field and all six free throws with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

Not bad on efficiency with a 102.3 true shooting percentage. Damian Lillard said McCollum is the best midrange player in the league, but McCollum said on the Blazers broadcast that he's the best "in the world." He may be right with C.J. way above league average in non-restricted paint scoring, midrange and on 3-pointers. For a guy who gets 48.3 percent of his shots on pull-ups, McCollum is vastly underrated as an elite scorer in the NBA. His fantasy owners certainly don't underrate him thanks to his top-20 value in standard leagues this season.
Mar 26 - 1:24 AM

Damian Lillard made 8-of-13 from the field for 21 points with six points, eight rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

The garbage time could've been the main reason why his three-game streak of scoring at least 30 has been snapped. On the other hand, Lillard does have a great efficiency streak still alive with at least a 54.0 true shooting percentage (TS%) in nine straight, totaling a pristine 68.3 TS% and a 35.2 usage rate in that span. He's arguably the hottest scorer in the league and is a big reason why the Blazers won't go away in the race for eighth.
Mar 26 - 1:12 AM

Damian Lillard scored 30 points during a 110-95 win over the Knicks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

That's seven 30-plus scoring games in March to tie him with James Harden for the most in the NBA this month. Since the break, Lillard averaged 31.1 points, 4.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. His Blazers are just 1.0 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed, so this will likely come down to the wire. Lillard has been the No. 2 player for total value in standard leagues since the break.
Mar 24 - 1:04 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

Consistent Nurk Alerts? He now has a double-double in three straight games for the longest such streak of his career. Nurkic also has scored in double digits for five straight, which is also a career best. He still can't hit his free throws, but he boasts fantastic averages over his last five: 15.2 points, 11.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals. Coach Terry Stotts has turned him into a beast and it helps to play with such a great backcourt.
Mar 24 - 12:58 AM

Moe Harkless played 18 minutes with six points, two rebounds and two assists against the Knicks on Thursday.

He's not playing noteworthy power forward minutes anymore and Harkless will have to be at the mercy of coach Terry Stotts' matchup moves. Harkless is a drop candidate in standard leagues now that Noah Vonleh is getting consistent minutes.
Mar 24 - 12:53 AM

Noah Vonleh matched his career-high 12 rebounds against the Knicks on Thursday, adding four points, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

He's actually making an impact on the stat sheet and for coach Terry Stotts. The problem is Stotts just has another weapon to use and make his rotation even more complicated. Most fantasy owners will just want to avoid this situation.
Mar 24 - 12:50 AM

Meyers Leonard’s right hip has been in so much pain recently he said he hasn’t been able to sleep at night.

He also has two herniated discs in his back, so he said it's almost like playing on one leg."It’s a very bizarre feeling to be playing the highest level of basketball while feeling like I have one leg,’’ Leonard said Wednesday. "It’s frustrating to say the least.’’ He actually had an MRI to reveal the damage, but didn't go into detail. It sounds like he'll play through it, but he doesn't have much fantasy value.
Source: CSN NW
Mar 22 - 5:46 PM

Allen Crabbe came off the bench and played 31 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting.

Crabbe's not a must-own player, averaging just 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 36 percent shooting over his last five games. But he's also averaging 30 minutes a night over that stretch and can get hot at any time. If he starts seeing his shots drop, he might be worth grabbing in case he's getting ready to go on a run.
Mar 22 - 1:00 AM

Damian Lillard hit 13-of-26 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Tuesday's tough loss to the Bucks.

Lillard did his job tonight and C.J. McCollum was right there with him, hitting 9-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points in the loss. The Blazers didn't get much from their bench and Noah Vonleh and Moe Harkless are generally lacking as starters, and the Blazers are still on the outside looking in at the playoffs, 1.0 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed. So this was a very tough home loss.
Mar 22 - 12:51 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 5-of-9 shots on his way to 11 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.

Nurkic wasn't incredible tonight, but we doubt anyone is actually complaining about this game. He's been a blast to own for weeks now and should be ready to finish up strong. That makes back-to-back double-doubles for Nurkic and his two-point game a week ago is now a distant memory, as he's averaging 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.8 blocks on 46 percent shooting over his last five.
Mar 22 - 12:41 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu was held to single-digit points for the fifth straight game on Sunday, making his only shot attempt to score three points with five rebounds in 23 minutes.

Aminu was playing well to begin the month, but he's fallen off a cliff in the past 10 days. Noah Vonleh is playing very well, Evan Turner is healthy, and the Blazers' simply have too many interchangeable parts to expect Aminu to emerge as a reliable asset down the stretch.
Mar 19 - 9:44 PM

Moe Harkless couldn't build on Saturday's solid performance, chipping in just two points, five rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 29 minutes on Sunday.

Harkless also committed two turnovers and five personal fouls tonight. The Blazers tried to post him up a few times but he just couldn't get going, and this marks the fourth time in five games that he's attempted four or fewer field goals. There's no reason to own him at this point, especially with Evan Turner back in the rotation.
Mar 19 - 9:44 PM

Jusuf Nurkic had another great game on Sunday with 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes, making 9-of-15 field goals and 3-of-8 free throws.

Owners can live with the poor FT shooting, and tonight's line was even more impressive because it came against Hassan Whiteside. The two got heated early, but Nurkic had the last laugh. If you were lucky enough to have him when he was dealt to Portland, you know the drill -- lock him into your lineups and enjoy the show.
Mar 19 - 9:43 PM

Damian Lillard was unstoppable vs. the Heat on Sunday, pouring in 49 points on 14-of-21 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws, while tying the Blazers' franchise record with nine 3-pointers.

Lillard has been awesome in March, helping the Blazers move to within one game of the No. 8 seed Nuggets, and he earned a ton of milestones with tonight's performance. He fell just two points shy of his career-high in scoring, matched his career-best streak with six consecutive games of 25+ points, and became the first player in Blazers' history to make 1,000 three-pointers in his career. His recent onslaught is carrying fantasy owners at the ideal moment.
Mar 19 - 9:43 PM

Noah Vonleh logged 29 minutes during Sunday's impressive road win, chipping in 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Vonleh has now scored double-digit points in three straight games, something he's never done before in his NBA career. The low-usage forward is getting it done thanks to extreme efficiency, connecting on 72.2 percent of his shot attempts during his double-digit streak. There are higher-upside guys on the vast majority of waiver wires.
Mar 19 - 9:42 PM


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