Player News - Trail Blazers

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Ed Davis posted six points with eight rebounds across 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's 100-81 win at Utah.

Davis hit 3-of-5 from the field, and he also chipped in with a steal, but didn't offer anything else to his fantasy owners. Still, it was an impressive bounce-back performance after going scoreless in his final game prior to the All-Star break. He remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point as long as Jusuf Nurkic remains healthy.
Feb 24 - 12:45 AM

Damian Lillard was good for 24 points across 37 minutes in Friday's 100-81 victory at Utah.

Lillard was just 7-of-18 from the field, including 2-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, but he ended up a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw stripe. He also figured in with four rebounds, three assists and a steal while leading the team with four turnovers. Unlike his teammates, Dame didn't have the luxury of resting, as he was in Los Angeles for the All-Star festivities, but he didn't appears to be too worse for the wear. He is still working on a five-game run with two or more triples, and he has at least one three in 41 consecutive outings dating back to Nov. 7.
Feb 24 - 12:41 AM

C.J. McCollum was good for 26 points across 36 minutes in Friday's 100-81 road victory against the Jazz.

McCollum was a solid 11-of-21 from the field, including 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, and he chipped in with three rebounds, two assists and just one turnover. He was also one of four starters to turn in a plus-22 or better rating, going plus-25. McCollum has two or more triples in six of his past seven outings, and at least one trey in 12 consecutive contests dating back to Jan. 22.
Feb 24 - 12:23 AM

Jusuf Nurkic ended up with 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists over 26 minutes in Friday's 100-81 win at Utah.

Nurkic did a good job bumping down low with Rudy Gobert, hitting 7-of-15 from the field while turning in a game-best plus-28 rating. He has managed four games with two or more blocked shots across the past seven contests. Nurk is averaging 16.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 1.5 BPG over his past two outings, each category slightly above his seasonal numbers.
Feb 24 - 12:20 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu went for 12 points and eight rebounds over 33 minutes in Friday's 100-81 win at Utah.

Aminu was a very efficient 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the 3-point line, and he added a steal with just one turnover and a solid plus-22 rating. It was Aminu's best point total since Jan. 24 when he went for 15 points. In fact, it was just his second double-double total across the past nine outings. He has decent roto value, especially for his rebounding ability, but he isn't nearly as valuable in points-based leagues.
Feb 24 - 12:00 AM

Brandon Rush has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Rush has played for four different teams over his nine-year NBA career. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 47 games (33 starts) for the Timberwolves last season. He should be left on waivers, as it's unlikely he'll be able to carve out a role in the Blazers rotation.
Feb 20 - 9:18 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 7-of-14 shots and 3-of-6 free throws for 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Warriors.

Nurkic was iffy with a sore lower back, but played very well against the Warriors, and was instrumental in them getting the big win. Nurkic is always going to be an injury concern, but the No. 6 Blazers currently sit a half game ahead of the Nuggets and Pelicans, meaning they'll be fighting for their playoff lives going forward. Hopefully that will help Nurk Alert to stay happy and healthy the rest of the way.
Feb 15 - 4:48 AM

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 44 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 123-117 win vs. the Warriors.

Lillard sank 14-of-25 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws, with a 4-of-11 mark from downtown. He's been absurdly good lately and has scored 133 points over the past three games, which shatters the Blazers' previous franchise record. He's attempted double-digit free throws in each of those games, and owners should hope he maintains such aggression on the other side of the All-Star break.
Feb 15 - 1:49 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu finished Wednesday's game with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists, and he iced the Blazers' victory with a pair of clutch free throws.

Aminu was averaging 7.8 points on 31.1% shooting in his previous five games, so it was nice to see him knock down some shots tonight. He still returned roto value in 12-team leagues in that five-game span, however, thanks to 1.6 triples, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a mere 0.6 turnovers. He's nowhere near as appealing in points-based leagues, of course.
Feb 15 - 1:44 AM

Ed Davis didn't score in 13 minutes of action on Wednesday.

The Blazers' big man grabbed four rebounds with one steal and this just wasn't the matchup for him vs. Golden State. Jusuf Nurkic (back, oblique) also played through injury to log 30 minutes tonight, which made it hard for Davis to hit his required 20+ minutes for fantasy value.
Feb 15 - 1:43 AM

Coach Terry Stotts said Jusuf Nurkic (low back soreness, right calf strain and right oblique strain) will start against the Warriors on Wednesday.

He is all sorts of banged up right now, so he may even be limited if he's out there. Nurkic has been fairly durable this year with only a three-game stretch in December resulting in his DNPs this season. If he's limited, we could see more Zach Collins or Ed Davis.
Feb 14 - 8:51 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (low back soreness, right calf strain and right oblique strain) is questionable to play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

Nurkic has had a few days to rest after leaving Sunday's game, but with three distinct injuries and just one game remaining before the All-Star break, Portland might just hold him out. Doing so would give him another 10 days of rest. Ed Davis should start at center if Nurk can't play, with Zach Collins picking up the reserve minutes.
Feb 13 - 3:39 PM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he doesn't have an update yet on Jusuf Nurkic's back.

Stotts said he talked with the training staff on Sunday night and they let him know that he's still dealing with some lower back soreness. Portland is off until Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors, but we'll consider him questionable for that contest. If he sits, Ed Davis and Zach Collins would likely hold down the fort at center for the Blazers.
Feb 12 - 11:44 AM

Moe Harkless said nothing has changed for him in Portland except for "opportunity."

"I think it’s just being back in the rotation,’’ Harkless said. "It’s hard to not know if you are going to play, how much you are going to play, then get thrown out there for six minutes. It’s tough to play like that and be consistent.’’ After falling out of the rotation for a while, Harkless has started four games in a row with averages of 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 triples. Damian Lillard said the Blazers "are a completely different team," when Harkless plays well, but he's just someone for fantasy owners to keep an eye on for now.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 12 - 9:34 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (lower back soreness, right hip pain) didn't return to Sunday's game, finishing scoreless with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 14 minutes.

It's unclear how Nurkic got hurt and we should have more clarity on Monday or Tuesday. Portland only plays once prior to the All-Star break, so it's possible they'll hold Nurkic out on Wednesday to give him a full 12 days to recuperate. If he does miss Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors, Ed Davis and Zach Collins would pick up the slack.
Feb 12 - 12:01 AM


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