Neil Rochlani and Dan Besbris take a VERY early look at next year's betting futures, before turning to the Blazers Post-Mortem and, finally, some fantasy ramifications of the Anthony Davis deal.
March 15, 2019, 10:26 pmDamian LillardG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard scored 24 points and added four 3s, seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in Friday’s road win over the hapless Pelicans.
With C.J. McCollum turning it around (top-30 over the last two months), Lillard has settled in with more efficiency, bringing back top-10 value over that stretch. McCollum had 23 points, three 3s, five rebounds, four assists and a block in the win.
September 29, 2018, 9:47 pmDamian LillardG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard went for a walk in the park in Saturday's preseason opener, connecting on 3-of-4 from the field for 12 points and two 3-pointers in 12 minutes.
Dame hit a deep three but wasn't asked to do a ton in this one. He looked like himself and will be worth taking sometime around the first-round turn, as usual. C.J. McCollum chipped in nine points on 4-of-8 shooting in his quarter of action.
April 21, 2018, 8:04 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum did all he could in Saturday's season-ending loss, finishing with 38 points and two triples on 15-of-22 from the field.
McCollum was the lead dog for Portland with Damian Lillard completely locked down by Jrue Holiday. He delivered an efficient performance and helped lead a valiant comeback attempt in the final frame (while scoring 25 in the second half overall), but the Blazers are simply too weak on the wings and lacked the depth to hang with New Orleans. This offseason will surely bring changes to Rip City, as the Blazers may be coming to grips with the fact that this capped-out core won't cut it if a championship is the goal. We'll see how things look for Portland on Opening Night.
April 19, 2018, 11:37 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting with two triples, a rebound, three assists and a steal on Thursday against the Pelicans.
McCollum was the only Blazer to really have anything going on offense and he had to work extremely hard for all of his shots. He had some circus shots and nice and-1s, but the Blazers were constantly down by double digits which meant none of McCollum’s buckets were momentum changers. Every time the Blazers got on a run, the Pelicans would call timeout and immediately put it out. With the way Damian Lillard and the rest of the supporting cast has been playing, McCollum has to put up numbers far better than his averages if the Blazers are going to take a game away from the Pelicans.
April 12, 2018, 1:28 amC.J McCollumPG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 19 points (including two 3s) to go with four rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday’s win over the Jazz.
C.J. McCollum finished the season with top-50 value in both 9 and 8-cat and he played in all but one game which gives him the same value on the season. This was Damian Lillard’s year to shine and McCollum couldn’t match his top-30 value from last season. His counting stats mirror last season’s but he couldn’t sustain his incredible shooting (44.3 percent from the field and 83.6 percent from the line this season vs. 48.0 and 91.2 last season). This season is probably a better baseline for C.J.’s value going forward and any future improvements in shooting percentages will be the cherry on top.
April 9, 2018, 11:44 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum came up empty on Monday against the Nuggets as they combined for 13-of-40 shooting for a total of 41 points.
Lillard scored 25 points but also struggled from the line to finish with 7-of-11 after hitting over 30 straight free throws coming into Monday’s matchup. McCollum was a bit more effective by hitting all four of his freebies while adding two steals, seven boards, and two triples. The Blazers face the Jazz on Sunday and they’ll be playing for home court advantage.
April 8, 2018, 12:49 amC.J. McCollumPG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum made just 7-of-19 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line on Saturday to finish with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block.
It wasn't the most efficient night for the Portland guard, but it's hard to complain about the season he's had. McCollum has been one of the more predictable fantasy players over the last couple of seasons and it was more of the same this year. He should finish the season strong as the Blazers try and hold off the Jazz for the number three spot.
April 5, 2018, 11:09 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum shot 7-of-25 from the field to finish with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and a whopping six turnovers on Thursday.
It wasn't a good offensive outing for any one Blazers player as McCollum's 16 points still led the team. It was definitely an off-night for him that owners will just have to brush off and move past. He hasn't actually been a great value recently as barely a top-100 player over the last two months. At this point there's not much any fantasy owners can do and we'll just have to hope he can string together a couple good games down the stretch.
April 1, 2018, 11:57 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Sunday.
McCollum had an easy night as the Blazers essentially played against a G-league roster. He was able to hit an efficient mark from the field and get just about anywhere he wanted. Tonight he hit the open man constantly after breaking down the defense and it showed on the box score with his nine dimes.
March 28, 2018, 11:20 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum poured it in on Wednesday night, accounting for 42 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in the Blazers’ surprising loss to the Grizzlies.
With Damian Lillard out to celebrate the birth of his son, the offense all fell on the shoulders of McCollum and he really took advantage. C.J. was brilliant despite the Blazers falling to a tanking Grizzlies team while Portland tries to make the playoffs. Lillard should be back on the floor next time out so another 42-point performance shouldn’t be expected but with McCollum’s scoring ability, anything can happen. Above all else for Portland, they need to win next time out. They could go from comfortable to scared in a hurry.
March 27, 2018, 11:41 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was dreadful on Tuesday, shooting just 3-of-19 from the floor to finish with seven points, four rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two blocks.
McCollum was very lucky to deliver those peripherals, as they do add a little bit of value on an otherwise terrible night. Not that you should need any incentive to keep C.J. locked and loaded, but just in case you do Damian Lillard has flown home to Portland and will not play in the Blazers' next game. Expect McCollum to eat in that one, so brush this one off and look forward to more typical lines going forward.
March 25, 2018, 10:51 pmC.J. McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was percolating in the second half to score 34 points on Sunday against the Thunder on 13-of-24 shooting with five triples, four boards, four assists and a steal in the 108-105 win.
Nine of McCollum’s field goals came in the second half and he hit multiple contested jumpers on an array of moves and against different defenders to help the Blazers earn a big win against the Thunder. The 34 points ties C.J.’s third best scoring output of the season and he could have a massive week coming up if Damian Lillard misses time for the birth of his first child.
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