Player News - Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard torched the Bulls for his best game of the season during Friday's 105-87 win, making 7-of-9 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 26 minutes.

That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Lillard is playing some of the best ball of his life in his last five with a true shooting percentage of 73.6, a usage of 28.8 and an offensive efficiency rating of 117.9. Those advanced stats translate to averages of 25.8 points, 4.8 boards, 8.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 4.0 triples. He's been a top-three player over the past two weeks in standard leagues.
Nov 22 - 2:33 AM

Nicolas Batum returned to the lineup on Friday night against the Bulls with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

The Blazers had his game in the bag in the third quarter, so there was no need to play Batum more than 20 minutes. He should get better and his fantasy owners shouldn't worry much about his knee contusion being a lingering issue.
Nov 22 - 2:27 AM

Nicolas Batum (knee) will start against the Bulls on Friday.

He's been out for almost two weeks due to his knee contusion and is expected to have his minutes limited tonight. Batum is a big part of the offense and he's still worth starting even with the restriction on his minutes.
Nov 21 - 8:51 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) was spotted doing shooting drills after Thursday's practice, and was not wearing a brace on his injured right knee.

Batum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. When Batum returns, Allen Crabbe will head back to the bench.
Nov 20 - 3:52 PM

C.J. McCollum (finger) said he broke his index finger in three places.

He is not going to need surgery and he will just keep it in a cast. McCollum is going to miss four weeks and the Blazers will likely lean on Will Barton and Steve Blake a little more. Allen Crabbe could also pick up some minutes, but he'll head back to the bench with Nicolas Batum (knee) set to return on Friday.
Nov 19 - 3:35 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) went through practice on Wednesday.

He is hopeful to play on Friday and going through practice today bodes well for his chances. The Blazers only had two different starting lineups last season, but they've had a lot of injuries in the young season with C.J. McCollum (hand) as the most recent. Batum owners can plug him into their lineups.
Nov 19 - 3:24 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) has received two Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in order to speed up the healing process.

This isn't bad news by any means, as this is a nonsurgical procedure that has shown success in the past. Batum is targeting a return to the lineup on Friday and owners should deploy him by all means if that is the case. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but it is looking positive.
Nov 19 - 10:07 AM

C.J. McCollum suffered a fracture to his right index finger during the closing minutes of Monday night's victor over the Pelicans, and he will be out a minimum of four weeks.

McCollum was averaging 5.0 points, 1.1 assists and 1.1 rebounds over 13.1 minutes of action, so this news doesn't have too much fantasy implications. His reserve minutes will likely be dispersed to guys like Steve Blake, Will Barton, and Allen Crabbe, but none of those guys are worth adding in standard leagues.
Nov 18 - 5:10 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) returned to action in the Blazers' 102-93 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.

It's always nice for Aldridge to come away with a nice line against one of the few guys that can defend his fadeaway in Anthony Davis. He's a top 15-30 play (9/8 cat) in the games he's been on the floor this season.
Nov 18 - 1:49 AM

Chris Kaman double-doubled off the bench on Monday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

Kaman isn't afraid to pull the trigger and he's returning late-round value in just 19.5 minutes per game. It's not the type of situation you want to rely on, but if you're in a pinch he gives you a puncher's chance.
Nov 18 - 1:47 AM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he should be okay for Friday's game against the Bulls.

This is great news for owners, who have had to deal with some uncertainty over the last week. If a two-game week for Batum works for you, get him back into lineups if you can.
Nov 17 - 9:05 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, as expected.

Batum's absence has spread minutes around to Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake, but none of them are good fantasy options in most formats.
Nov 17 - 8:16 PM

Lamarcus Aldridge (illness) will play on Monday night against the Pelicans.

He missed Saturday because of his illness and was able to do through some of shootaround today. Aldridge will be worth using in all formats tonight even in a bad matchup against Anthony Davis. Chris Kaman and Meyers Leonard lose a little bit of value.
Nov 17 - 8:15 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

When Aldridge was asked about his illness, he responded: "I felt like death." If Aldridge misses Monday's game, expect Chris Kaman and Meyers Leonard to see some extended minutes. Thomas Robinson is also a candidate to earn some extra playing time, but he also picked up a DNP-CD during the Blazers' last game sans Aldridge. Kaman and Leonard are the most attractive plug-and-play options in daily leagues.

Nicolas Batum (knee) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, but remains doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Batum said that the bruise on his right knee is under the bone, and he's still not feeling 100 percent. If Batum is unable to go Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum, will continue to see some extended minutes for the Blazers, but none of those guys makes for a very attractive option in standard leagues. Batum will now be targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, stay tuned.
Nov 16 - 4:13 PM

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