Player News - Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard scored 30 points in a 93-92 loss to the 76ers on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He was cooking early with 16 points in the first quarter. Lillard really need a big scoring game with the downward trend in that department all season. In October he averaged 35.0 points per game in three outings, he had 27.0 in November, 25.1 in December, and just 21.7 in his previous January games. A big reason why is he's seen his free throw rate go down with fewer shots in the lane, too. All that said, we still like Dame to get hot in the near future.
Jan 20 - 10:42 PM

Ed Davis (ankle) played 15 minutes with two points, six rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 15 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

This is definitely one of those Ed Davis games for coach Terry Stotts. The coach loves to use Davis against the stud bigs and put Davis on Joel Embiid quite a bit tonight. He does not have much fantasy value.
Jan 20 - 10:36 PM

Evan Turner scored four points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes during a start against the 76ers on Friday.

Did he start because a revenge game? Will he get another start in a revenge game in Boston on Saturday? Even if he does and is designed to limit Moe Harkless on a back-to-back, this isnt' likely to stick. Keep Turner on the wire.
Jan 20 - 10:33 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 22 minutes off the bench against the 76ers on Friday with nine points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The Blazers may have just wanted to be careful with Aminu, who has missed time two back and calf injuries this season. He's extremely important to their defense and has played much better as far as stats go. Aminu was a disaster to start the year, but he's put up eighth-round value in his last 10. Give him a look to see if his contributions help your team. We're expecting him to start in Boston on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 10:27 PM

Moe Harkless came off the bench against the 76ers on Friday with three points, four rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes.

We're going to assume that Harkless came off the bench to lighten his minutes on the front end of a back-to-back set. Even with Al-Farouq Aminu back and Harkless playing more three, he's still been hanging around top-100 value in 2017.
Jan 20 - 10:24 PM

Noah Vonleh started over Al-Farouq Aminu on Friday against the 76ers.

Well, coach Terry Stotts is at it again. The Blazers are on a back-to-back set, so that might be a factor. There's no fantasy move to be made with this late switch and it won't stick.
Jan 20 - 7:12 PM

Evan Turner is starting in place of Moe Harkless on Friday vs. the 76ers.

Talk about a late lineup switch. The Blazers announced a starting lineup change five minutes before tip-off. Harkless hasn't been 100 percent lately and the Blazers play again on Saturday vs. Boston, so maybe the idea here is to monitor his minutes tonight. Harkless' owners shouldn't panic, but it wouldn't be a complete shock if he got the night off completely.
Jan 20 - 7:10 PM

Ed Davis (ankle) is likely to play against the 76ers on Friday.

Coach Terry Stotts and the Blazers may not give us another update on Boss, but it makes sense to use him with how Stotts like Davis against skilled bigs. Obviously, fantasy owners shouldn't be reacting to this news at almost any depth.
Jan 20 - 5:46 PM

Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. 76ers

Davis missed Wednesday's game due to the ankle sprain. There is only minimal fantasy impact here, as Davis will split minutes off the bench with Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh
Jan 20 - 11:08 AM

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had identical 7-of-18 shooting performances on Wednesday, with Lillard finishing with 21 points, seven boards, six assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

Lillard and McCollum are both in the top-15 for scoring this season, and tonight they joined Kevin Durant and Steph Curry as the only teammate tandem with 1,000 points on the season. The Blazers have fallen on hard times lately, and they're way behind their record at the same point last year, but fortunately that doesn't matter for fantasy owners.
Jan 18 - 10:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu shot just 2-of-7 for seven points on Wednesday, but he also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

Moe Harkless had a similarly subtle line, with nine points, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. Mason Plumlee added 10 boards, eight points and three swats tonight, but the end result was another defeat. The Blazers are 6-16 over the past six weeks and they've fallen a full game behind Denver for the No. 8 seed.
Jan 18 - 10:54 PM

Allen Crabbe had another forgettable performance during Wednesday's road loss, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one 3-pointer, one steal, and zero rebounds, assists or blocks.

The Blazers had "the equivalent of a players-only meeting" on Tuesday and they came out strong tonight, building a small first-quarter lead, but they were destroyed in the second and fourth quarters. Crabbe has gone off a few times in recent weeks, but he's far too inconsistent to rely on for every-night production.
Jan 18 - 10:52 PM

Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Davis only lasted five minutes on Monday night before the ankle flared up on him, so he could be spending a few games on the shelf here as he gets his ankle back to 100 percent. Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will likely split Davis' minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops.
Jan 17 - 5:02 PM

Damian Lillard scored 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in a 120-101 loss to the Wizards on Monday.

The Blazers were basically traffic cones on the defensive end to put them on a two-game losing streak. Lillard has not been right since his return from an ankle injury, averaging just 21.8 points, 6.7 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.0 steals and 2.5 treys on 40.0 percent from the field in those six games. That's good for just eighth-round value, so he is a buy-low player right now.
Jan 16 - 5:08 PM

Moe Harkless didn't play well in his return to the lineup on Monday, failing to score with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 19 minutes.

He only missed one game due to his strained calf. Harkless has cooled off a tad since Al-Farouq Aminu returned to the lineup, posting just 11th round value in his last 12 games. Some of that is due to his subpar foul shooting lately, so he's still a hold in all standard leagues.
Jan 16 - 5:03 PM


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