Player News - Trail Blazers

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Joel Freeland returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

He picked up some playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge and finally made it back after being on the active roster since Sunday.
Apr 17 - 3:28 AM

Will Barton came off the bench for a career-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers on 7-of-20 shooting.

Robin Lopez led the starters in minutes with just 14 of them tonight, but still managed 15 points and nine rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge took the entire night off. The Blazers are healthy and ready for their first-round match up against the Warriors, so don't let tonight's strange box score fool you.
Apr 17 - 1:21 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams sat out Wednesday's finale, but both should be ready to go for the playoffs.

The Blazers will get the Rockets in Round 1 and it will be all hands on deck in what should be a thrilling playoff match up.
Apr 17 - 12:48 AM

Mo Williams will rest in Wednesday's finale.

He's been dealing with some knee issues and is no spring chicken, so it makes sense for the Blazers to give him a rest. LaMarcus Aldridge will join him in street clothes.
Apr 16 - 8:52 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams will rest for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

The Blazers certainly don't want to put Aldridge in harm's way and will keep him out in preparation for a first-round series vs. the Rockets. With Aldridge out, expect to see some of Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeman.
Apr 16 - 8:51 PM

The Blazers have still not announced who is in and out of the lineup for Wednesday, but there's a chance LaMarcus Aldridge won't play.

If you have options, the safe route would be to find someone else to use, but there is still a chance he could play tonight. It just doesn't seem like the odds are in favor of that happening.
Apr 16 - 6:57 PM

Mo Williams may be rested on Wednesday, as the Blazers gear up for their first-round matchup with the Rockets.

Williams recently returned from a knee injury and a maintenance day makes perfect sense for the 11-year veteran. Williams has averaged 24.8 minutes off the bench this season, while no other reserve has averaged more than Dorell Wright's 14.5 minutes per game.
Apr 15 - 4:54 PM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that he may rest LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams for Portland's season finale on Wednesday.

We should learn Stotts' plan after shootaround on Wednesday, and some precautionary DNPs aren't unexpected since the Blazers cannot move up or down in the playoff standings. Even if they win on Wednesday while the fourth-place Rockets lose, the Rockets will retain home-court advantage because they own the tie-breaker over the Blazers.
Apr 15 - 4:51 PM

Joel Freeland (knee) was available to play on Sunday, but he never entered the game during a thrilling OT victory vs. the Warriors.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts has shown a willingness to deploy Freeland in his second unit, but tonight wasn't a good night to return a rusty player to the rotation after months of inactivity.
Apr 14 - 1:06 AM

Joel Freeland (sprained MCL) will be active for Sunday's game.

Freeland hasn't played in two months and he's unlikely to get more than a few minutes off the bench, but his return is great news for the Blazers with the playoffs on the horizon. He'll likely steal the few minutes that Meyers Leonard was getting, while also challenging Thomas Robinson for playing time.
Apr 13 - 7:19 PM

Joel Freeland (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Warriors.

He's been sidelined since early February and the Blazers would love to work him back into the rotation before the playoffs begin. After two straight days of 4-on-4 work during practice, there's a good chance we'll see him play on Sunday or at least Wednesday's season finale.
Apr 12 - 4:03 PM

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is pleased with the development of SG Will Barton, who has claimed a 10-minute role off the bench.

"Will is more in control this season," Stotts said. Barton is averaging 3.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting this season and there's a good chance that Portland will guarantee his third year before the July 31 deadline.
Source: CSN NW
Apr 12 - 9:23 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.

The Blazers pulled to within a half-game of the No. 4 Rockets, but they need to finish higher because Houston has the tiebreaker. Damian Lillard went for 16 and six with four treys, Robin Lopez had 12 and eight with a block, Wesley Matthews hit three triples and scored 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge went for 18 and 14 but didn't have any defensive stats.

Mo Williams (knee) returned to action on Friday, scoring four points on 1-of-7 shooting with zero rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.

Unless the Blazers start resting guys, then Williams is just a low-end asset in deeper formats.
Apr 12 - 1:59 AM

Mo Williams will return to the lineup on Friday night vs. the Jazz.

He was rested on Wednesday night and it may have been due to a knee injury which was a small issue back in March. The Blazers played their starters at least 37 minutes each on Wednesday, so Mo getting back in the lineup should help them a bit. Williams is a lukewarm fantasy option.
Apr 11 - 2:10 PM


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