Player News - Trail Blazers

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Ed Davis moved back into the starting lineup on Saturday vs. Indiana, scoring six points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

He saw plenty of action with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) out and took his spot back in the starting lineup at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Davis' upside is pretty low and he averaged 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in 10 previous starts this season, so he's just a low-end asset if you'e desperate for a big.
Dec 10 - 10:22 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) did not play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

He was on the active list, but the Blazers opted to rest him because he's not 100 percent. Once Aminu returns, he may be limited to minutes in the 20s with Ed Davis starting in the frontcourt moving forward.
Dec 10 - 10:15 PM

Meyers Leonard returned to the bench on Saturday vs. Indiana, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with four rebounds in 22 minutes.

Ed Davis moved back into the starting lineup, but Leonard still got some decent run with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) banged up. Leonard blew his chance in the starting lineup on Thursday when he failed to score in 17 minutes, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues until he strings a few good games together.
Dec 10 - 10:14 PM

Evan Turner returned to the bench on Saturday vs. Indiana, scoring five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one triple.

Turner played well in a fill-in start on Thursday with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, but Moe Harkless (ankle) returned to action Saturday and played 31 minutes. Turner isn't having a good season for the most part and belongs on the wire in standard leagues while Harkless is active.
Dec 10 - 10:10 PM

Moe Harkless (ankle) scored seven points in his return to action on Saturday vs. Indiana, shooting 3-of-7 from the field with one rebound, one steal and one triple in 31 minutes.

He had to chase Paul George around the court all night, so he gets a pass here. Prior to this dud, Harkless was a top-60 player in standard leagues with averages of 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steal and 1.4 triples per game. He will be better against the Clippers on Monday.
Dec 10 - 10:07 PM

Damian Lillard scored 33 points with nine assists on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

He hit 10-of-24 shots from the field and also added a few rebounds, five triples and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Lillard has scored a combined 695 points through the first 25 games of the season which is the most by any player in franchise history, passing Clyde Drexler (681).
Dec 10 - 10:03 PM

C.J. McCollum lit up the Pacers for 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Saturday's 118-111 loss.

He had 19 points in the third quarter alone, finishing with four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three turnovers in 37 minutes. He's now scored 20+ points in four straight games which matches a career best, and he's also hit 4+ triples in each of those games which is a career high. He's returning second-round value in standard leagues and isn't slowing down.
Dec 10 - 9:58 PM

Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

Meyers Leonard will return to the bench. Al-Farouq Aminu (back) likely won't play Saturday, so there should be plenty of minutes available for Davis. In 10 starts this season, he's averaging 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM

Moe Harkless (ankle) and Ed Davis will start on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

This confirms that Harkless' ankle is good to go. He is holding onto top-60 value in standard leagues on the season and should be plugged into all active lineups. Evan Turner's value takes a hit with his move back to the bench.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM

Moe Harkless (ankle) will be active to face the Pacers on Saturday.

All signs are pointing to him being in the starting lineup. Coach Terry Stotts added he's not looking to change the starting lineup, so that's something to keep in mind. Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe lose some of their luster as punt plays in DFS. Harkless is a hold in almost all leagues.
Dec 10 - 6:02 PM

Ed Davis is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Pacers.

He suffered an ankle tweak on Thursday and had his ankle heavily taped leaving the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Davis' playing time could rise again with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) questionable to play.
Dec 9 - 4:19 PM

Moe Harkless (ankle) is probable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

He had some swelling in his ankle and looked hobbled during pre-game warmups on Thursday, so the extra day seems to have made a difference. His return would bump Evan Turner back to the bench while Allen Crabbe would take a hit and Jake Layman would be out of the rotation. Harkless is exceeding expectations, but he's a hold in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:17 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) is questionable to face the Pacers on Saturday.

He took a really bad fall in the last minute of Thursday's game. Aminu was grabbing his lower back for a while, so clearly the pain has lingered. If he's out, Ed Davis should get minutes in the mid 20s while Meyers Leonard could also benefit. Aminu has potential, but his awful offensive season has kept him from being an asset in most leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:15 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.

Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit.
Dec 8 - 11:07 PM

Ed Davis took his demotion to the bench in stride on Thursday, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 18 minutes in a 88-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

This was Davis' best game in a while, as he had failed to score more than nine points in his previous seven games. Maybe he'll be better off the bench, if the move lasts. Meyer Leonard didn't even score in the start tonight, lasting just 17 minutes and missing all three of his shots.
Dec 8 - 11:01 PM


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