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Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside.
Apr 19 - 6:34 PM

Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation.
Apr 19 - 6:28 PM

Chris Kaman (back) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass.
Apr 18 - 3:32 PM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter.
Apr 18 - 3:29 PM

Alonzo Gee (foot) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) doubtful, Gee would likely have been looking at some minutes in the playoff game. If he's out, there should be more time available for C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum and Allen Crabbe.
Apr 18 - 3:26 PM

Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen.
Apr 18 - 3:24 PM

Head coach Terry Stotts said that Allen Crabbe could get the nod over C.J. McCollum in the first unit because of his defense.

"I think Allen complements Damian [Lillard] and [LaMarcus Aldridge]," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball." This isn't that surprising, as Stotts has been known to frequently alter his rotations. McCollum could still see close to 30 minutes of action, as he has simply been too good to keep off the floor. If Arron Afflalo returns from his shoulder injury soon, Crabbe will likely fall out of the rotation, while McCollum's role should still be safe.
Apr 18 - 10:02 AM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.

He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season.
Apr 17 - 5:04 PM

Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.

He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues.
Apr 17 - 4:36 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Damian Lillard said he will "show up" on defense in the playoffs.

"Point guards have a big game against us and it's automatically 'He did this to Dame,'" Lillard said. "Like he took me to wing and isolated me and scored every point on me." Only 7.5 percent of the Blazers' defensive possessions are in isolation and the Blazers are actually fine in that department, coming in at 38th percentile in the NBA (Synergy). However, Dame has really struggled defending his man on shots from less than 10 feet, allowing those guys to make 12.6 percent above their normal field goal percentage in that range (SportVU). Regardless, it's easy to forgive Lillard's sub-par D because of his terrific offense.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 16 - 11:12 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blazers in a loss to the Mavericks.

The Blazers are technically the No. 4 seed in the West, but will face the No. 5 seeded Grizzlies, who will have home-court advantage due to having a better record than Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 17, but it was reserve Tim Frazier who was one of the surprises of the night, racking up 13 points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer off the bench in 30 minutes. Nicolas Batum sat this one out, and is iffy for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.
Apr 16 - 12:07 AM

Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will start against the Mavs on Wednesday.

They both have very small usage rates and shouldn't be involved in the offense much. Fantasy owners can probably avoid this one tonight with the Blazers locked in as the fourth seed.
Apr 15 - 8:09 PM

Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is hoping for a Game 1 to occur on Sunday.

He's unsure about his status for the first day of the postseason and he's out tonight. The Blazers lost Nicolas Batum and C.J. McCollum to leg injuries, so they may need Afflalo more than ever. For now, Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will get most of the minutes on the wing.
Apr 15 - 2:35 PM

Chris Kaman (back) is now doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

The Blazers want their veteran big man to be healthy with playoffs starting in a few days, so there is almost no shot that they risk playing him tonight. Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland may see a few extra minutes off the bench tonight, but they aren't appealing options in most leagues.
Apr 15 - 1:25 PM


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