Player News - Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard scored 27 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday during a 110-103 loss.

The assists have been really nice for Lillard with three double-digit dime games in his last five. The should-be All-Star's team losing this one drops them out of the eighth seed with Utah moving up. It'll be interesting to see what the Blazers do at the deadline, but it won't affect Lillard.
Feb 5 - 1:23 AM

Allen Crabbe scored 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He's been terrific and the Cal product is really going to put some pressure on the Blazers this summer when it comes time to sign him. Crabbe has sixth-round value in standard leagues in 2016, so he's worth owning right now.
Feb 5 - 1:20 AM

Meyers Leonard scored nine points with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

The 7'1" big has one block and one steal combined since Jan. 13. He's not rebounding and he's not shooting the ball well, so it's almost impossible to defend him as a hold right now in standard leagues. Noah Vonleh (ankle) shouldn't be out long. He barely has top-200 value in 2016.
Feb 5 - 1:17 AM

Moe Harkless scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes during a start against the Raptors on Thursday.

He didn't really have an impact with just one shot from the field. With Gerald Henderson back and on the block, don't expect Harkless to play much.
Feb 5 - 1:12 AM

Moe Harkless will start against the Raptors on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts was always going to go small for at least some of this game, so he'll get an early jump here. Harkless isn't a fantasy option right now.
Feb 4 - 10:06 PM

Meyers Leonard is listed as the starter on Thursday against the Raptors for Noah Vonleh (ankle).

This is pretty useless info because coach Terry Stotts make changes all the time. We'll pass along anything additional as it comes along.
Feb 4 - 9:07 PM

Noah Vonleh (ankle) is out against the Raptors on Thursday.

He was doubtful for this game and could miss time. The Blazers are more likely to go small tonight with Al-Farouq Aminu getting run at the four. Also, the Blazers have used Allen Crabbe at the three for about six minutes per game recently. Meyers Leonard may also see a bump.
Feb 4 - 8:19 PM

Noah Vonleh (left ankle) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Raptors.

He said he was fine on Tuesday, but apparently it swelled up on him. If Vonleh is out, Meyers Leonard will likely get his first chance to start since his injured shoulder. There should also be a lot of minutes at the four for Al-Farouq Aminu, which opens up some run for Allen Crabbe in this kind of matchup.
Feb 3 - 3:28 PM

Noah Vonleh downplayed the sprained ankle that forced him out of Tuesday's game, saying that the ankle injury is "nothing major."

"I got X-Rays. They said there were no breaks and it wasn't nothing major," Vonleh said after the game. "Just a little swelling. It should go down pretty quick. It's feeling a little sore, but I don't think it's anything major." For now we'll be considering Noah questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors, and if he's forced to miss any time, Meyers Leonard will see a boost in playing time. Vonleh is only averaging 16 minutes a game despite starting for Portland, so he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Feb 3 - 10:42 AM

X-rays taken on Noah Vonleh's ankle came back negative.

He is dealing with a left ankle sprain and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors. Vonleh usually only plays minutes in the teens, so he shouldn't be owned in most leagues. Meyers Leonard will benefit the most if Vonleh misses time.
Feb 3 - 1:38 AM

Gerald Henderson scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

He has scored in double digits in four out of his last five games, but his recent spike in playing time could be because the Blazers are trying to boost his value prior to the trade deadline. Regardless, Henderson doesn't have much upside and his role with minutes in the lower 20s is not appealing, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 3 - 12:59 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 16 points on Tuesday vs. the Bucks with five boards, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

This was his third game in a row with 31 or more minutes and he also has impressive averages of 13.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.7 3-pointers in that span. That's good for top-55 value in standard leagues, so he obviously needs to be in all lineups until further notice.
Feb 3 - 12:55 AM

Damian Lillard scored 14 points with 12 assists, five boards and three turnovers in Tuesday's win over the Bucks.

C.J. McCollum carried the Blazers with 30 points, so Lillard was happy to be the facilitator and he was able to record his tenth double-double of the season. Lillard and McCollum have the Blazers right in the middle of the playoff race, and they also became one of three pairs of teammates to have 1,000 points each along with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors.
Feb 3 - 12:48 AM

The Blazers won their fifth straight game on Tuesday vs. the Bucks due to a 30-point performance by C.J. McCollum.

He was everywhere in this one and added six assists, four boards, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He did have four turnovers, but he shot 10-of-18 from the field and coach Terry Stotts couldn't take him off the floor even though he finished with five fouls. This was McCollum's fifth career game with 30 or more points and he's still returning top-40 value on the season.
Feb 3 - 12:40 AM

Mason Plumlee struggled with foul trouble on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring three points with eight boards, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

Foul trouble has been as issue for Plumlee his entire career, and he has already committed five or more fouls 10 times this season. His production in January was decent with averages of 9.4 points, 6.5 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks, but he shot just 49.5 percent from the field and 66.0 percent from the line. He's a low-end big in standard leagues, but his role as the starting center is safe.
Feb 3 - 12:34 AM


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