Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 4:58 PM

Damian Lillard scored 28 points during a 131-109 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

He's back after a brief slump with his fourth consecutive game with at least 27 points. Lillard's 564 points to start the season are the most by any Blazer in the first 20 games of a season. He's also the first player with at least 28 points, 10 dimes and four steals in a game this season. Lillard is back to posting first-round value on the season for his standard league owners.
Dec 1 - 1:41 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

He looked like he was going to explode in the second half with 13 of the Blazers' first 15 points after halftime. The Blazers were clicking on offense tonight with a new season high 131 points, and they've also scored at least 114 points in four straight games for the first time since 1994. McCollum is just rolling with second-round value on the season.
Source: Blazers PR
Dec 1 - 1:33 AM

Moe Harkless matched his season-high 23 points during a win over the Pacers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

His three treys matched his season high and that's really been the story for Harkless. On the season, he's now made 39.5 percent from deep, which is vastly improved from his 27.9 percent last year and 17.9 in 2014-15. Harkless isn't playing power forward as much these days, but he's clearly locked up his role of around 30 minutes even when Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) comes back. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 1 - 1:29 AM

Ed Davis played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with two points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

That's a lot of playing time and it shows that coach Terry Stotts has become somewhat committed to using Davis as his starting big man. Over his last five, Davis averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 64.0 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. He's been a solid short-term hold, but his value will drop once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returns.
Dec 1 - 1:23 AM

Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

Against a quicker Thaddeus Young, this is somewhat surprising. Davis will likely have to guard Myles Turner in this game and should focus on the defensive end. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Nov 30 - 9:59 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues.
Nov 30 - 11:40 AM

C.J. McCollum said that the Trail Blazers need to ramp up their intensity to turn things around after opening the year with a 9-10 record.

"We need to play like somebody took our lunch money, like somebody disrespected your mother," said McCollum. "I think that’s the type of anger you need have and the aggression you need to have on the court." While Portland as a team has been underperforming, none of that can be pinned on McCollum, who is exceeding all expectations with averages of 22.3 points, 3.6 dimes, 2.6 triples, 1.3 steals and just 2.3 turnovers per game on 47.1 percent shooting. That's second-round value, folks.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 30 - 9:37 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings.
Nov 28 - 4:13 PM

Evan Turner pitched in 15 points, six rebounds and two assists during a high-scoring loss to Houston on Sunday.

Turner went 6-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench. He's starting to find his groove with the Blazers, scoring double-digit points in four of the past five games with strong FG percentages and at least two assists in each of those contests. His defensive stats leave a lot to be desired, and he's an inconsistent 3-point shooter, but deep-league owners should consider scooping him up while he's hot.
Nov 28 - 12:18 AM

C.J. McCollum led the Blazers on Sunday with 28 points, four 3-pointers, seven assists and two steals, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 130-114 loss to the visiting Rockets.

He was locked in a scoring duel with James Harden (38 points) through three quarters, finishing 9-of-19 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line. McCollum has actually improved upon his numbers from last year's breakout campaign, and through 19 games he's been a draft-day steal for most of his fantasy owners.
Nov 28 - 12:17 AM

Allen Crabbe was quiet in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring six points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal.

Crabbe started the last time Portland faced the Rockets, beginning the game as James Harden's primary defender, but tonight that honor went to Moe Harkless. The upside is that he made 2-of-3 shots from deep after coming in with a career-worst 33.8 percent mark from downtown. He's getting plenty of easy looks, so eventually that number should trend up.
Nov 28 - 12:17 AM

Ed Davis started at PF again on Sunday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-3 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs, three rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

Terry Stotts was mixing and matching his lineup in the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu, but he seems to have settled on Davis as his every-night PF. In his first five starts, Davis averaged 6.4 points, 7.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game. That's a good indication of his low-end value until Aminu returns -- just don't expect him to continue making 85.7 percent of his free throws as a starter.
Nov 28 - 12:16 AM

Evan Turner said he's starting to feel more comfortable in Portland.

"It’s always going to be a big adjustment getting the plays down," Turner said. "The pace of it [in the Western Conference] is crazy. The last couple of weeks I am fully getting our plays second nature to me, and once again now it’s just building the consistency." He's playing a little better since his brutal start to the season, averaging 11.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.8 treys on 39.5 percent shooting, but he's only getting 26.2 minutes per game because Moe Harkless has been outstanding. Turner is just a deep-league asset while the Blazers are healthy.
Nov 27 - 11:09 AM

Ed Davis started on Friday vs. the Pelicans and scored nine points with six rebounds, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

This was his fifth start in a row, but it would be a little surprising if he keeps his job when Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returns. Davis is averaging 6.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 54.2 percent shooting as a starter, so he's more of a deep-league asset unless he heats up.
Nov 26 - 1:29 AM


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