Player News - Trail Blazers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nicolas Batum was quiet against the Bucks during a 95-88 loss on Saturday with five points, seven boards, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes.

Needless to say, this month was not Batum's best. In his 14 January games, he only had a 14.7 usage rate with averages of 8.3 points, 5.6 boards, 4.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 triples on 35.0 percent from the field. His fantasy owners should think about benching him for now, but cutting him is not an option. Additionally, the Blazers have gone 2-8 in their last 10.
Feb 1 - 1:48 AM

Damian Lillard made just 6-of-19 from the field for 19 points against Bucks on Saturday with five rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

He had a bad game on Friday and is just 2-of-19 from beyond the arc in his last two games. Lillard looked like he was going to take over after being snubbed from the All-Star Game, but it's been the opposite. He is still taking plenty of shots and that's not going to change, so it's just a matter of time until he turns it on again. There's a good chance that will happen on Tuesday against the Jazz.
Feb 1 - 1:44 AM

Thomas Robinson started the second half of Saturday's game against the Bucks, finishing with four points, six rebounds, three steals and one block in 24 minutes.

Coach Terry Stotts has started three different centers in his last three halves. Basically, trying to solve a Stotts rotation is harder to do than simultaneously solving a Rubik's Cube and a New York Times crossword puzzle while looking at a Magic Eye. In other words, leave Robinson on the wire.
Feb 1 - 1:35 AM

Robin Lopez (hand) indicated on Saturday that he could play right now if he needed to, but said that it's not his decision to make.

He's been out since Dec. 15, so this is definitely a good sign that his recovery went well. Lopez likely won't return until after the All-Star break, so his owners should continue to wait patiently for now. If you have some dead weight on your roster, Lopez is worth a look as a stash.
Jan 31 - 11:52 PM

Meyers Leonard will draw the start on Saturday against the Bucks with Chris Kaman moving to the bench.

Coach Terry Stotts is up to his old tricks once again, and there's no report of an injury for Kaman. Leonard has improved this season, but he's still not a good bet to see a lot of minutes. Owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Jan 31 - 8:51 PM

Joel Freeland (shoulder) will not play against the Bucks on Saturday.

He has been out since Jan. 3 with his shoulder issue, but he's getting close to a return. With Robin Lopez also set to return next month, there's no need to add Freeland to almost any fantasy roster.
Jan 31 - 2:38 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 37 points on 15-of-24 from the field against the Hawks during a 105-99 loss on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

Umm, what thumb injury? Aldridge was the go-to option and the Hawks couldn't stop him. He's also coming off a 38-point game on Wednesday and it's probably safe to say he's comfortable playing through the torn ligament. Although, there is a ton of risk because an aggravation is possible, so his owners can consider trading him for 90 cents on the dollar.
Jan 30 - 9:55 PM

Nicolas Batum battled through his wrist injury on Friday against the Hawks, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

He left the game in the first quarter due to pain in his wrist. Batum was able to return to the game, but it was obvious he's not at 100 percent. His fantasy owners are just going to have to hang in there and the Blazers might want to sit him down.
Jan 30 - 9:52 PM

Damian Lillard made 6-of-20 from the field for 13 points with six rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Hawks on Friday.

It was the classic case of him trying to do too much and he's struggled in both of his matchups vs. the Hawks this season. Lillard did match his season high in assists, but this was his just his second game of the year without a free throw attempt. Coach Terry Stotts said he was not happy about Lillard not making the All-Star Team. His usage was plenty high, so expect a big game in a better matchup against the Bucks on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 9:48 PM

Joel Freeland (shoulder) has been cleared to begin shooting.

Freeland is targeting a return for mid-February, and this is a small step in that direction. However, with averages of just 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the season, he can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Jan 30 - 5:50 PM

Damian Lillard discussed not being selected to the All-Star Team on Friday and said he wanted to "thank the coaches who feel I wasn't good enough, the fans that didn't think I was good enough, and Adam Silver also for not thinking I was good enough."

"It ain't always gone be peaches and cream but somebody has to pay for the reason it's not," Lillard added. Apparently, the league is on notice and it'll start tonight against the red-hot Atlanta Hawks tonight at 7:30 EST. The Blazers have the fourth best record in the NBA, Lillard is 12th in the NBA in scoring and Lillard hasn't missed a game in his career. More importantly for his fantasy owners, he's a top-10 player in standard leagues this season. If you don't have NBA League Pass, tonight might be a reason to reconsider.
Jan 30 - 3:18 PM

Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 1:43 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) said that he will play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Batum is going to have a very difficult matchup against DeMarre Carroll of the Hawks today, and with the way he's been struggling as of late, Batum doesn't look like a great play in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 12:11 PM

Damian Lillard said that he is "definitely" taking the All-Star snub personally.

Lillard still has a chance to make it into the game as Kobe Bryant's replacement, but DeMarcus Cousins may have something to say about that. Regardless, owners of Lillard can expect him to take out his aggressions against the Atlanta Hawks tonight, and he is certainly someone to target in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 12:07 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is not being listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report.

While this isn't a definitive statement that Batum will suit up for Friday's game against the Hawks, it is an encouraging sign. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but it should be noted that Batum has an unfavorable matchup today against the Hawks, so he's not looking like a great option in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 11:26 AM


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