Player News - Trail Blazers

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Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

Aminu's minutes are trending down with Noah Vonleh playing well, but he got a small bump with Moe Harkless in foul trouble tonight. He was only averaging 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in March prior to tonight, and keep in mind that the Blazers only have two more games this week. He's more of a streaming option in deeper leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:54 AM

C.J. McCollum went off for 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's crucial win over the Nuggets.

Portland has now won a season-high tying four straight games and improved to 12-3 in March which ties them with San Antonio for the league's best record in that span. As for McCollum, this was the second- highest scoring game of his career and he finished four points shy of his career-high (43). He hit all six of his free throws with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples in 40 minutes, and with the Blazers holding a 1.0 game advantage over Denver for the No. 8 seed, McCollum should be an elite option the rest of the way.
Mar 29 - 12:45 AM

Jusuf Nurkic went off in a 122-113 win over his former team on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting (9-of-11 FTs).

He wanted this win in the worst way and his teammates swarmed him after his career night with the Blazer crowd chanting his name like a scene in Gladiator. He ripped down 16 rebounds with two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes, giving his team a 1.0 game lead over the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the West. He's been phenomenal since his move to Portland and he will likely be on a lot of championship rosters in fantasy leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:36 AM

The Blazers earned their 12th consecutive win vs. the Lakers on Sunday, led by Damian Lillard's 22 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Lillard made 7-of-20 FGs and 4-of-7 FTs tonight, but he committed only one turnover in 30 minutes of action. The playing time barely topped C.J. McCollum (13 points, three assists, four turnovers) for a high among Portland's starters, as the lopsided score allowed coach Terry Stotts to lean heavily on his reserves. The Blazers are now in a virtual tie with Denver for the No. 8 seed, and owners can expect Lillard's best during Tuesday's crucial home game vs. the Nuggets -- Lillard said his team has to approach the game "locked-in like never before."
Mar 27 - 12:32 AM

Noah Vonleh racked up a career-high 14 rebounds in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Sunday, adding eight points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Vonleh posted 12 boards on Thursday vs. the Knicks and it didn't take him long to exceed that mark -- he could have gone even higher, but Portland's starters were reined in during tonight's blowout win. Vonleh is thriving lately and he's making the most of limited attempts on offense, but fantasy owners shouldn't rely on him in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 12:29 AM

Allen Crabbe got hot in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Crabbe tied his career-high with at least one 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games, and the return of Evan Turner (two points in 20 minutes) has done nothing to slow him down. Crabbe has six blocks in his past four games, which is fluky, and he's still just a borderline option in most leagues. That said, he's better in 9-cat thanks to his stingy 0.7 turnovers over the past dozen games.
Mar 27 - 12:25 AM

C.J. McCollum shot just 5-of-13 from the field on Sunday, finishing with 13 points, one 3-pointer, three assists, one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

Portland has won three straight games and they're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed. McCollum's struggles tonight didn't really matter because Portland had this game in hand early, and he could have played more minutes if it weren't a blowout. Expect a more robust line in a critical home game vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Mar 27 - 12:23 AM

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


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