August 29, 2020, 11:58 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum (vertebral fracture) leads Blazers with 36 points (13-of-25 FG, 7-of-8 FT), six rebounds, seven dimes, three triples and one steal in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Lakers.
It's over. The Blazers are now out of the playoffs and props go out to McCollum and the rest of the Blazers who put up an impressive effort against one of the toughest duos in the league. McCollum was a trooper, playing through a vertebral fracture tonight and hopefully, he'll be able recover well before the 2020-21 season begins.
August 29, 2020, 8:15 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum (vertebral fracture) is available to play for the Blazers on Saturday.
The Blazers will be leaning heavily on McColum tonight with Damian Lillard sidelined. He's going to be up for a big game as he tries to spearhead his team's offense versus a tough Laker squad.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 11:48 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting while adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and two triples in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Lakers.
McCollum struggled against the Lakers defense tonight, as did the rest of the team. He wasn't able to get any clean looks at the rim and tonight was just a bloodbath all around as the Blazers were clearly outmatched on both ends of the floor.
August 22, 2020, 11:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum brought it in Game 3 on Saturday, registering 28 points (12-of-25 FG, 4-of-12 3-pointers), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 43 minutes.
McCollum is coming off a disappointing 13-point outing in Game 2, so this was a nice bounce-back performance, game result notwithstanding. Still, C-Mac played well tonight, but the Lakers were just that much more dominant down the stretch and were able to come up with the 2-1 series lead. Expect McCollum to leave it all on the line once again in Monday's Game 4.
August 20, 2020, 11:44 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in Thursday's 88-111 smackdown at the hands of the Lakers.
McCollum shot 6-for-16 from the field as the Lakers made it a point of emphasis to play physically against Portland's guards. We'll give him a pass since he's playing with a vertebral fracture in his back but McCollum is going to have to fight through the extra defensive attention as the Blazers now sit in a 1-1 series.
August 19, 2020, 12:36 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum chipped in 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and three treys in Tuesday's upset win over the Lakers.
McCollum heroically put up tonight's line despite dealing with a vertebral fracture in his back. It's impressive that C-Mac is gutting it out like this in order to achieve the elusive goal of winning an NBA title. He's a trooper and warrior. Hats off to the competitive spirit of this amazing athlete.
August 18, 2020, 10:49 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum is still nursing a vertebral fracture in his back but is expected play in Game 1 against the Lakers on Tuesday.
McCollum looked fantastic in the play-in game against the Grizzlies on Saturday in 44 minutes of action. He revealed that he only had to change the way he sleeps in the last couple weeks but other than that he is a proven warrior and the Blazers will only go as far as he can go.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 15, 2020, 5:21 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum came up clutch for the Blazers, scoring 14 of his 29 points during the final quarter, adding three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 44 minutes on Saturday.
McCollum continues to play through a back injury, although you wouldn't know it based on his last quarter heroics. After the Grizzlies were able to build a lead down the stretch, McCollum took over as the Blazers outscored their opponents 37-28. The Blazers will now face the Lakers in the first round of the payoffs and McCollum is certainly going to need to maintain this kind of production if they are to cause an upset.
August 14, 2020, 12:34 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum played 44 minutes in Thursday's win over the Nets, producing 25 points (9-of-21 shooting), four rebounds, seven dimes, three steals and one block.
McCollum missed all six shot attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, but at least made an impact on the other end of the floor. He's been a solid force over the Blazers' eight seeding games and was instrumental in taking them into the next level.
August 12, 2020, 10:59 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum hit the game-sealing free throws for Portland on Tuesday and made it look easy, considering he has been playing with a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture since last Thursday, weathering the effects through three games thus far.
One of the bright spots about this type of fracture is that it is unlikely to jeopardize the stability of the spine or affect the spinal cord, since the core part of the vertebrae remains unaffected. McCollum apparently suffered the injury last week but has not been listed on the team’s injury report for any of the last three games. That could be taken to mean that there was never a doubt he would participate in any of them, even though it's pretty certain he is playing in a great deal of discomfort. The Blazers need to beat the Nets on Thursday in order to secure the No. 8 seed in the West and McCollum will most definitely be out there battling with his teammates.
Source: NBC Sports
August 11, 2020, 9:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum (non-displaced fracture) sealed the Blazers' victory over the Mavs' on Tuesday, hitting two free throws with a fracture in his lower back, according to Blazers insider Dwight Jaynes.
This explains McCollum's low offensive output in the last two games, totaling just eight points (2-of-14 FG) against the Mavs and 16 points (7-of-17 FG) on Sunday vs. the Sixers. More to come.
Source: Dwight Jaynes on Twitter
August 9, 2020, 10:14 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard went ballistic and willed the Blazers to a 124-121 victory over the Sixers on Sunday, totaling 51 points (16-of-28 FG, 15-of-16 FT), seven assists, four 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.
After letting his team down on Saturday, you could practically bank on Lillard going all out to get this victory. Back when we played basketball outside of a bubble, Lillard was going for 40 and 50-point performances every other night, and it would not be surprising to see him do this again as the Blazers continue the playoff pursuit. C.J. McCollum took a backseat while Lillard dominated, going for 16 points (7-of-17 FG), seven rebounds and four assists.
August 8, 2020, 4:54 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum led all scorers with a game-high 29 points including 6-of-13 from beyond the perimeter, adding eight assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes during Saturday's heartbreaking loss to the Clippers.
McCollum bounced back after a poor performance on Thursday, connecting on 11 of his 21 field goal attempts. This was a tough loss for the Blazers who now open the door for a bunch of other teams to make a late charge for the coveted final playoff spot. McCollum has been a top-30 player over the past five games and is almost certainly going to continue to see heavy minutes moving forward.
August 6, 2020, 10:54 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was ice-cold in Thursday's game vs. the Nuggets, going 4-for-15 from the field to finish with 13 points, three treys, six rebounds and six assists.
This McCollum's lowest scoring output in August and his 26.7 shooting clip from the field is his lowest too. That said, the game was just a correction, after he ushered in the restart with a 33-point explosion. There's no cause for worry here, so keep him deployed as you normally would.
August 5, 2020, 12:10 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard had another solid game on Tuesday, posting 21 points (6-for-19 FG), nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
This was good but not great from Lillard, though his complementary stats salvaged what could've ended up as a very disappointing game. There's never any reason to doubt Dame but it's still nice seeing that he can deliver value in other ways even when the shots aren't falling. CJ McCollum was similarly solid with 20 points, seven rebounds, five dimes and two threes.