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Blazer's Edge 21 hours ago
Lillard Growing as a Facilitator

Lillard Growing as a Facilitator

Lillard tells Jason Quick of The Athletic that he’s aiming to improve the way he thinks of the game. One thing has been noticeable with CJ McCollum out of the Trail Blazers’ lineup due to a knee injury: Damian Lillard’s passing. Lillard has racked up two double-doubles with assists in the past two games, both of which McCollum has missed. The emphasis on passing is part of the evolving thought that Lillard puts into the game, he told Jason Quick of The Athletic (subscription to The Athletic required): As a result, his seventh NBA season has become his finest, with his physical...
Blazer's Edge 21 hours ago
Lillard Stepping Up After McCollum’s injury

Lillard Stepping Up After McCollum’s injury

Blazers’ Edge Outsider Jeff Siegel breaks down Lillard’s performance in McCollum-less games. The lone consolation prize for the Portland Trail Blazers in the wake of CJ McCollum’s knee injury is that it didn’t happen later in the season and he likely won’t miss much, if any, postseason action. The team is firmly in a race for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and need every win they can get, but even if they drop every remaining game on their schedule, they’re not going to fall out of the postseason altogether. Still, seeding will be of utmost importance...
Rip City Project Mar 20, 2019

Portland Trail Blazers: Analyzing Starting Lineup Options with CJ McCollum Out

ArtWith CJ McCollum sidelined, let’s break down the Portland Trail Blazers starting lineup options at shooting guard. Unfortunately, starting shooting guard CJ McCollum is dealing with a popliteus strain in his left knee. He could possibly even miss the rest of the regular season. As a result, the Portland Trail Blazers have to temporarily find […] Portland Trail Blazers: Analyzing Starting Lineup Options with CJ McCollum Out - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
ClutchPoints Mar 20, 2019
Blazers’ CJ McCollum doing good mentally, ‘taking it day by day’

Blazers’ CJ McCollum doing good mentally, ‘taking it day by day’

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum says he’s doing good mentally following the popliteus strain he suffered in his left knee. McCollum sustained the injury last Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs. There was fear in Portland that the guard had suffered a serious injury, so the Blazers and McCollum are happy that it was just […] The post Blazers’ CJ McCollum doing good mentally, ‘taking it day by day’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Mar 20, 2019
McCollum Details Injury Recovery Plan

McCollum Details Injury Recovery Plan

McCollum wants to be fully healthy before coming back, he told Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was diagnosed with a popliteus strain last Sunday, with the team set to re-evaluate him at the end of this week. Portland hung on for a win over the Indiana Pacers in their first game without McCollum, using a rotating cast to make up for his absence. McCollum sat down with Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl to talk about the plan for McCollum’s return to the court: How long would you imagine you’ll be out? CJ McCollum: What, did they say I’ll be...
Blazer's Edge Mar 20, 2019
Lillard Was Nervous for McCollum’s MRI

Lillard Was Nervous for McCollum’s MRI

Lillard tells Rip City Drive about how he was constantly checking in on McCollum ahead of his MRI. The Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is known for their high scoring on the court, but off the court the two have become close friends, too. So when McCollum went down with a scary-looking injury in Saturday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Lillard was immediately concerned, from both a team and friend perspective. Lillard tells Travis Demers and Chad Doing of Rip City Drive that he was “probably as nervous as he (McCollum) was”: Lillard also says:...
Blazer's Edge Mar 20, 2019
Blazers vs. Mavericks Preview

Blazers vs. Mavericks Preview

The Blazers look to get another home win as they host the Mavericks at the Moda Center. Portland Trail Blazers (43-27) vs. Dallas Mavericks (28-42) Wednesday, March 20 - 7:00 p.m. PTBlazers injuries: CJ McCollum (out)Mavericks injuries: JJ Barea (out), Kristaps Porzingis (out), Maxi Kleber (day-to-day)How to watch on TV: NBCSNW, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)How to stream: YouTube Live TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, NBA League Pass (outside of Portland)Radio: 620 AMSBN Affiliate: Mavs Moneyball The Portland Trail Blazers play the second game of their final extended home...
Blazer's Edge Mar 19, 2019
Lillard: ‘People are sleeping on us’

Lillard: ‘People are sleeping on us’

Lillard reflects on his time in Portland with Shaun Powell of NBA.com. The Portland Trail Blazers’ sweep out of the NBA Playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans last year put a spotlight on the team, especially Damian Lillard. Questions about his viability with CJ McCollum in the backcourt burned hotter last summer than previously, with major outlets and stations proposing their own versions of trades to break up the backcourt. In a conversation with Shaun Powell of NBA.com, the franchise guard recounted his feelings after the sweep: Lillard beat himself up over the exit, saying it took...
Blazer's Edge Mar 19, 2019
Trail Blazers Remain in Top-10 of Power Rankings

Trail Blazers Remain in Top-10 of Power Rankings

Despite an injury scare to CJ McCollum, Portland still ranks in the upper-third of the league’s hierarchy in this week’s round-up. The last week was an eventful one for the Portland Trail Blazers. It started out hot—with road wins over the Clippers and Pelicans—but took a turn for the worse on Saturday in San Antonio. Not only did the team lose to the Spurs, but lost CJ McCollum to a popliteus strain in his left knee, and the guard will be out at least one week. Despite the set-back, there wasn’t a whole lot of movement for the team in this week’s Power Rankings Round-Up. (Note...
ClutchPoints Mar 19, 2019
Blazers’ Damian Lillard ready to assume CJ McCollum will be out for the remainder of regular season

Blazers’ Damian Lillard ready to assume CJ McCollum will be out for the remainder of regular season

Damian Lillard already has a grim prospect of what awaits backcourt partner CJ McCollum after the latter suffered a popliteus strain in his left knee during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers will examine McCollum again this Sunday, making him week-to-week for the time being, but Lillard […] The post Blazers’ Damian Lillard ready to assume CJ McCollum will be out for the remainder of regular season appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Mar 19, 2019
Lillard Shines As Blazers Outlast Pacers

Lillard Shines As Blazers Outlast Pacers

Despite a shaky finish, Portland staged an excellent comeback against a solid Pacers team, kicking-off their homestand with a 106-98 victory. The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t make it easy on themselves, but they survived a furious fourth quarter rally on Monday night to hold-off the Indiana Pacers 106-98, picking up their fourth win in the last five games in the process. Playing without back-court mate CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard led the charge with 30 points (on 16 shots), a season-high 15 assists and three steals. Myles Turner paced Indiana with 28 points and 10 boards. The Pacers were...
Blazer's Edge Mar 19, 2019
Lillard: “In my mind, we’re going to finish the regular season without [McCollum].”

Lillard: “In my mind, we’re going to finish the regular season without [McCollum].”

Damian Lillard had some ever-so-slightly negative speculation about CJ McCollum’s injury status after last night’s victory over the Pacers. The Trail Blazers have announced that CJ McCollum’s popliteus strain will be re-evaluated early next week, but Damian Lillard is already preparing for some less-than-optimal news. Speaking to the media after last night’s 106-98 victory over the Pacers, Lillard said he hopes McCollum makes a full recovery before attempting to play and is mentally preparing to finish out the regular season without his fellow starting guard. Damian Lillard on CJ...
Blazer's Edge Mar 19, 2019
Recap: Minus CJ, Blazers Hold Off Pacers, 106-98

Recap: Minus CJ, Blazers Hold Off Pacers, 106-98

The Blazers almost blew it, but did just enough to hold on for an important victory. The Indiana Pacers looked like stiff competition for the first Blazers opponent sans CJ McCollum; instead, Indiana just looked stiff most of the night. The Blazers outclassed the listless Pacers through three quarters, then desperately held on late to win an important game, 106-98 (box score). All Damian, all the time. Lillard continued his recent dominance, showing an all-around game including some nice defensive flashes. However, he didn’t need to shoot the majority of Portland’s shots, instead...
ClutchPoints Mar 18, 2019
Blazers’ CJ McCollum hooking up a fan with a gift because he’s sitting out Wednesday

Blazers’ CJ McCollum hooking up a fan with a gift because he’s sitting out Wednesday

The Portland Trail Blazers managed to dodge a bullet with CJ McCollum’s knee injury. Unfortunately, his absence from their upcoming games has left a fan in a precarious situation. McCollum will miss this week’s games before being re-examined for a knee strain. Although one fan will not be able to see him play in person, […] The post Blazers’ CJ McCollum hooking up a fan with a gift because he’s sitting out Wednesday appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Mar 18, 2019
Former Blazers Finding Success in Indiana

Former Blazers Finding Success in Indiana

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune looks at how Nate McMillan and Wesley Matthews have kept the Pacers rolling after Victor Oladipo’s injury. The Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard CJ McCollum until at least the end of the month, but as the Portland Tribune’s Kerry Eggers wrote on Monday, the Indiana Pacers are showing that injuries don’t have to ruin the season. Eggers wrote about how despite the quad tear which ended former All-Star Victor Oladipo’s season, the Pacers have managed to stay in the playoff race, sticking around at fourth place in the Eastern Conference at...

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