March 23, 2020, 12:50 pmPau GasolC, Portland Trail Blazers
Pau Gasol admitted that he thinks about retirement these days.
"With this recovery process and the injury that I have been dealing with for more than a year, it’s undoubtedly inevitable to think about retirement," said the 20-year veteran. Gasol has been dealing with persistent left foot problems that have limited him to 30 combined games over the last two campaigns, and the writing may be on the wall. He'll be 40 if he can return to the court next season but it would be sad to see one of the game's most underrated greats go out like that. Gasol was expected to join Portland's coaching staff for the remainder of this season but everything is obviously on hold.
March 11, 2020, 1:11 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmel Anthony enjoyed a favorable matchup against the Suns on Tuesday, recording 21 points (9-of-16 shooting), three rebounds, five assists, two threes, two steals and two blocks.
The Blazers as a whole were on the mark, with four of their five starters chipping in 20-plus points in the win. This is a high-end line from Melo, so don't hold your breath for a repeat performance anytime soon.
March 11, 2020, 1:07 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had a field day on Tuesday, bullying the Suns with his 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, plus 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.
Whiteside took advantage of the Suns' thin frontcourt and asserted his dominance in the paint. His top-15 value this season was one of the more pleasant surprises and lucky owners get to ride all the way into the fantasy playoffs.
March 11, 2020, 12:40 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard put up his best game since returning from his right groin strain, leading the Blazrs to a 121-105 win over the Suns on Tuesday with 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting and a full stat line.
Lillard hit 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range and aded five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks to the box in 40 minutes. Top-10 Lillard is officially back and ready to rock it ROS.
March 9, 2020, 3:48 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkić (left leg compound fracture) said that he plans to practice with a G League team as a last hurdle before potentially making his debut against the Rockets on Sunday.
Nurkić has been sidelined since injuring his leg in March of 2019. If all goes well with in practice, Nurkić could return on Sunday. He will be limited upon his return so don't expect him to impact standard leagues for at least a week upon his return. It is even possible that the Bosnian big doesn't provide enough value for the fantasy playoffs as he hasn't played a game for almost an entire calendar year. With that being said, he is definitely someone to watch moving forward as he produced 4th round per-game value last season.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 12:38 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with four rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 123-111 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
McCollum attempted to carry the scoring load with Damian Lillard slumping (12 points on 4-of-15 shooting), but the Blazers still fell to the Kings. McCollum and Lillard will be locked and loaded for big minutes and heavy usage as the Blazers fight for the final playoff spot in the West.
March 8, 2020, 12:32 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled vs. the Kings on Saturday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Whiteside has double-doubled in 12 straight games and is a first-round player during that stretch. He's a top-10 player on the season and should continue posting top-15 value moving forward. Jusuf Nurkic is set to return on March 15, but he will be eased in slowly and won't impact Whiteside enough to make a difference.
March 8, 2020, 12:24 amTrevor ArizaSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza scored five points on 1-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds in 29 minutes on Saturday.
Ariza fell back to earth after shooting over 55 percent in each of the past two games. He has been a top-75 player over the past two months, floated by his 1.6 steals per game over that stretch. Ariza is an efficient threes and steals specialist and should post top-100 value moving forward.
March 7, 2020, 12:24 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside cruised to 23 points (11-for-14 shooting), 20 rebounds, four blocks and one triple in Friday's 117-127 loss to the Suns.
Nobody has been able to keep Whiteside from posting elite rebounding and block numbers all season and tonight was no different. This could very well end up being Whiteside's best fantasy season of his career and he shows no signs of slowing down as we head into the fantasy playoffs.
March 7, 2020, 12:21 amTrevor ArizaSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza finished Friday's loss to the Suns with 17 points (5-for-9 FG, 3-for-5 3PT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 36 minutes.
Ariza hasn't been consistent enough to rely on for regular fantasy value but tonight was a decent night as he shot 60% from three-point land. Don't expect this type of scoring output regularly moving forward.
March 7, 2020, 12:17 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 25 points (10-for-20 FG, 3-for-8 3PT) to go along with eight assists, three rebounds, three triples, one steal and one block across 39 minutes on Friday.
McCollum led the Blazers in scoring by one over Damian Lillard who finished with 24 points, six assists, three rebounds and three triples. Look for these two to get heavy minutes down the stretch as the Blazers fight for a playoff spot.
March 6, 2020, 3:11 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (left leg compound fracture) is set to make his season debut on March 15 against the Rockets.
It's going to be great to see Nurkic back on the floor for Portland, and if he can get up to speed quickly it'll make the Blazers the most dangerous team in the fight for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Fantasy GMs should keep expectations low considering the minutes restrictions that Nurkic will be facing, but he's a fine flier pickup if you're not in dire need of immediate production and aren't in love with the guy at the end of the bench. Hassan Whiteside should take a small hit as a result of this news but will be safe for early-round value until Nurkic starts pushing up to 20-24 mpg. When Nurk returns, it'll be nearly a year since he first suffered the terrible injury last March 26.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 12:53 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside's double-double carried the Trail Blazers to a 105-125 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, finishing the contest with 24 points (10-14 FG), 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks.
Dial the clocks back to 2016, because Whiteside looks like a safe bet to finish the season as a top-10 player. He has been able to provide elite blocks and rebounds consistently, and has been one of the more durable big men in the league this year. You can keep riding Whiteside until the wheels come off.
March 5, 2020, 12:46 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard did a bit of everything in his return to action on Wednesday night, picking up 22 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3PT), four rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.
Lillard picked up where he left off, putting up elite production as a top fantasy option. He's been a top-5 player over the last two months and didn't skip a beat in his first game back. Backcourt mate C.J. McCollum also had 22 points with six rebounds, five assists and block tonight.
March 5, 2020, 12:39 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony led the Blazers in scoring on Wednesday night, ending the game with 25 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3PT), and chipping in five rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Anthony had a solid all-around night contributing in both points, rebounds and steals. He's been a nice end of bench option and should hover around top-150 value through the end of the season. Trevor Ariza was just a notch below him when it came to tonight's performance, ending with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.