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Could signing Blake Griffin help the Portland Trail Blazers?

Blake Griffin has agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, making him a free agent. One of the teams he has been potentially linked with as a potential landing spot is the Portland Trail Blazers per Dan Favale of Bleacher Report. The Blazers have once again had an injury-plagued season, so they could be looking […] Could signing Blake Griffin help the Portland Trail Blazers? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

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Simons’ Recent Run Shows Steady Improvement

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons put together a 21-game run for steady improvement prior to the 2021 All-Star break. Don’t look now, but Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons is starting to make good on his overwhelmingly high upside. Simons’ rise, that was aided by the void created by CJ McCollum’s injury absence, has featured steady improvements in several key offensive areas. With Simons set to take center stage in Sunday’s three-man dunk competition at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, here is a look at how the former IMG Academy...

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McCollum Cleared For Practice, Nurkic Making Progress

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The two starters were recently re-evaluated following their injury. The Portland Trail Blazers have been waiting, wishing, and hoping for good news where CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are concerned as the two continue to recover from their injuries. According to AJ McCord of KOIN, McCollum will now be allowed to participate in contact practices. McCollum suffered a broken foot in mid-January. Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum has been cleared for contact practice. He will be reevaluated “later next week” according to the team— AJ McCord...

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Blazers star CJ McCollum takes massive step in return from foot injury

CJ McCollum is nearing his much-awaited return to action for the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a fractured left foot in mid-January. The 29-year-old appears to be taking the right steps in his road to recovery as he looks to serve a massive boost for Portland upon his return. This report comes via NBA.com: Portland […] The post Blazers star CJ McCollum takes massive step in return from foot injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr describes the ‘scary’ accident that led to Kelly Oubre Jr.’s wrist injury

Golden State Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. was listed out on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Ahead of the game, head coach Steve Kerr shared the accident that led to Oubre’s wrist injury. Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Kerr shared that Oubre Jr. injured his wrist during a scrimmage at practice on Tuesday. […] The post Warriors’ Steve Kerr describes the ‘scary’ accident that led to Kelly Oubre Jr.’s wrist injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Despite major Blazers injuries, Damian Lillard and Portland are succeeding with some help in unexpected places

Despite CJ McCollum and Jusef Nurkic sidelined with injuries, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers remain competitive in a tough Western Conference. Additionally, the team has also been without Zach Collins and Harry Giles, spreading the Blazers’ roster thin. After a four-game losing streak, Portland got back on track after achieving a much-needed win […] The post Despite major Blazers injuries, Damian Lillard and Portland are succeeding with some help in unexpected places appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets Preview

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports The Blazers simply need a win against a road-weary Hornets team. Portland Trail Blazers (18-14) vs. Charlotte Hornets (16-17) The Portland Trail Blazers are rested and back at home after a disheartening winless three game road trip. It shouldn’t have been completely surprising given the injuries and the quality of the opponents, but there is a hint of panic in the air. Now Portland has three winnable games, all at home, before they get a need rest for the All-Star Break. It feels like these next three games have outsized importance...

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Following Losing Streak, Blazers Slide in Power Rankings

The Trail Blazers moved backwards in the latest round of NBA power rankings. The Trail Blazers endured a three-loss result during last week’s slate of games. Despite that slide, the steady play of star guard Damian Lillard kept the Blazers afloat in the latest round of power rankings. ESPN’s latest rankings moved the Blazers back two spots from No. 8 to No. 10. ESPN contributor Royce Young highlighted Portland’s well-known injury woes in his assessment of the Blazers. The bell has finally tolled for the Blazers, who through the adversity of the season had maintained a...

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Hood’s Contract Holds Trade Value for Trail Blazers

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz discussed the hidden value that Rodney Hood’s contract holds for the Trail Blazers. Rodney Hood’s return to the floor after last year’s Achilles injury has gotten off to an uninspiring start. Through 27 appearances with the Trail Blazers this season, Hood is averaging 4.9 points per game and shooting 36.4 percent from the field. Hood’s slow start captured the attention of Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz inside his league-wide look at less-than-ideal contracts. For the Blazers, Hood’s newly-signed extension...

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G League Bubble Could Hold Hidden Options for the Blazers

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Armed with an open roster spot and a vacant two-way contract slot, the Trail Blazers have options if they turn their attention to the G League bubble. The injury-depleted Trail Blazers have three available avenues to bolster their roster for the second half of the season. Outside of executing a pre-deadline trade, Portland can sign multiple players to fill out the bottom of its roster. The Blazers currently possess a vacant traditional roster spot and an open two-way contract slot. The Blazers should be active in the buyout market later...

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McCollum Discusses Injury Rehab & Top Shot Craze During ESPN Appearance

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joined ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on The Jump to discuss his injury recovery and other topics. Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum dropped in on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s The Jump to discuss his injury rehabilitation, his decision to focus on three-point shooting, and the emergence of NBA Top Shot. Here is the full video of McCollum’s 7-minute appearance with host Rachel Nichols. McCollum and Nichols opened with a discussion that covered the social justice and education initiatives that the Blazers...

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets Game Day Thread

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via The Blazers hope to secure a win tonight on the second night of a travel back-to-back. The Portland Trail Blazers leave their loss to the Phoenix Suns behind and head to Denver to take on the Nuggets. It’s a short road trip but it’s a tough one for the Blazers who are still trying to keep their heads above water with so many injuries to key players. But in true Damian Lillard-era Trail Blazers fashion, after a loss like the one in Phoenix, the team may come out and play quite a game tonight. At least, that’s what we are hoping...

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McCollum, Nurkic Set To Be Evaluated In Early March

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The two are working on coming back from injuries. Portland Trail Blazers fans have another date to look forward to: March 2nd, the day when CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are supposed to be evaluated after their respective injuries, according to Jason Quick of the Athletic. McCollum broke his foot during a match-up against the Atlanta Hawks in mid-January, while Jusuf Nurkic broke his wrist in the game prior to that versus the Indiana Pacers. Asked about Nurkic’s rehabilitation, Coach Terry Stotts was optimistic. “He’s not doing much,”...

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Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard is leading the MVP race

Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard has been on fire lately, proving he should be the frontrunner for this season’s MVP. Who would have thought 28 games could bring so much adversity? Injuries have smashed the Portland Trail Blazers like a brick wall, with nearly everyone on the roster missing at least a game due […] Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard is leading the MVP race - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Portland Trail Blazers: Nassir Little needs more minutes

The Portland Trail Blazers are on a 6-game win streak and playing good basketball, but there is a forgotten X-Factor who needs more minutes – Nassir Little. The Blazers have done a fantastic job to not only stay afloat through all the key injuries, but they are on a 6-game win streak putting them at […] Portland Trail Blazers: Nassir Little needs more minutes - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Knicks Interested In CJ McCollum

Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports As they continue to rebuild, New York is monitoring the shooting guard. As the New York Knicks continue to rebuild under the new leadership of Tom Thibodeau, they are looking to improve their roster through a variety of means, and according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, one potential target they have been monitoring is CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite being out with an injury, McCollum is still garnering attention. The Knicks have been linked to other potential trade targets in various reports, including...

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Gary Trent Jr Should Start at Forward When CJ McCollum Returns?

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports What happens to the Blazers’ wing rotation when CJ McCollum’s left foot mends? Another season, another list of injuries plaguing the Portland Trail Blazers. But unlike previous years, the Blazers have managed to keep their heads above water, despite losing their second and third most important players for the same six-to-eight week period. I’m not going to argue about whether he’s more important than Jusuf Nurkic, but CJ McCollum was playing like an All-Star before Clint Capela devastatingly stepped on his left foot on Jan. 16. As...

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Lillard Is Building A Legacy As Best Blazer Of All Time

Photo by Sean Gardner/ While Rip City knows Damian Lillard is loyal to the soil, what does it mean to him as he works toward being the greatest? Damian Lillard has drawn a lot of attention recently for his high level of play for the injury-depleted Portland Trail Blazers. It has been Dame Time again and again, as he has taken it upon himself to finish close games in the final seconds, closing out a road trip 3-0. But beyond his incredible play, what does Portland mean to Lillard? For that matter, what does Lillard matter to Portland? Jason Quick of the Athletic argues...

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CJ McCollum Injury News: He’ll Miss Two More Weeks, Minimum

Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports The Blazers sent out an update, indicating McCollum is making progress, but isn’t ready to return. The Portland Trail Blazers released an update on the status of star guard CJ McCollum’s injury today, one month after it was suffered. The statement by said that McCollum is no longer required to wear a walking boot, and will be reevaluated in two weeks, but will not be returning in the immediate future. Here is the text from the team. CJ McCollum, who suffered a left mid-foot fracture on January 16 against the Atlanta Hawks, continues...

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The Biggest Surprises (and Disappointments) in the Season So Far

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports Damian Lillard is a given. Who else has lifted, or sometimes sunk, Portland’s season so far? The Portland Trail Blazers are riding high heading into their game with the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. Despite major injuries, they carry a 17-10 record and stand in the upper half of the NBA’s Western Conference. Damian Lillard is having another MVP-level season, the keystone for Portland’s success. Today Dave Deckard and Dia Miller discuss other, more surprising factors influencing the season so far. What things are you most positively...

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Jusuf Nurkic calls out Jonas Valanciunas on ‘dangerous play’ that injured Kings forward Chimezie Metu

On Valentine’s Day, Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas delivered a cheap shot on Sacramento Kings big man Chimezie Metu after a dunk. As a result of the play, Metu broke his wrist and will now be out for a few weeks. After the report of Metu’s injury surfaced, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic called […] The post Jusuf Nurkic calls out Jonas Valanciunas on ‘dangerous play’ that injured Kings forward Chimezie Metu appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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The Portland Trail Blazers should sign Blake Griffin if he gets bought out

The Portland Trail Blazers still lack some size and shot creation at the big men spots. With injuries to Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and now Harry Giles, they need size and creation at the big spot. In Detroit Pistons big man Blake Griffin, there could be an option to get another back up big. The […] The Portland Trail Blazers should sign Blake Griffin if he gets bought out - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Lillard Makes His MVP Case With Run of Stellar Outings

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Damian Lillard is leading the way for the injury-depleted Trail Blazers. Despite a long list of injury woes, the Trail Blazers have found a way to rally behind the stellar play of Damian Lillard to amass a 16-10 overall record. Lillard, who is averaging 29.2 points per game through 25 outings this season, detailed how he views himself inside the NBA’s hierarchy of stars following his latest 30-point outing on Sunday. After the Blazers’ exciting 121-118 win over the Mavericks, NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson highlighted...

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Blazers star CJ McCollum takes big step in recovery from foot injury, set to be re-evaluated

The Portland Trail Blazers have been without CJ McCollum for an extended period of time, but he’s making significant progress toward his return. While the Blazers continue to survive without him, McCollum is out of his walking boot and is set to be re-evaluated on Tuesday, per Jason Quick of The Athletic. CJ McCollum says […] The post Blazers star CJ McCollum takes big step in recovery from foot injury, set to be re-evaluated appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Injury Update: McCollum’s Fractured Foot to be Re-Evaluated Tuesday

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will have his foot evaluated on Tuesday. CJ McCollum’s fractured left foot will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, 31 days after the shooting guard suffered the injury against the Atlanta Hawks. The Athletic’s Jason Quick provided an update regarding McCollum’s status on Monday. My bad: LEFT foot https://t.co/3ZrIoNbMn5— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 15, 2021 It appears that McCollum’s appointment on Tuesday is not aimed at accelerating his return to the floor, despite initial reports suggesting...

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Will the Blazers be Buyers at the Trade Deadline?

Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Under President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, the Trail Blazers have a history of executing pre-deadline trades. The Trail Blazers have held their ground after a series of injuries to amass a 15-10 record through the first 25 games of the season. The Blazers’ ability to stay afloat with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic out of the lineup is certainly noteworthy, but there is still a chasm between coach Terry Stotts’ squad and the elite tier of the Western Conference. With the NBA trade deadline just over a month away, the Blazers will...

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Despite Injuries, Blazers Are One Tough Team

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports Jason Quick of the Athletic examines what Neil Olshey had hoped for before the season got underway regarding the team’s depth. The Portland Trail Blazers have struggled with injuries in recent weeks, as CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and Zach Collins all remain out, but despite that, the Blazers are keeping their heads up and getting wins. Jason Quick of the Athletic takes a look at how, precisely, the Blazers are achieving that feat, thanks to some good moves by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. One key piece, notes Quick, is...

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ESPN’s Projections Place Blazers Inside Play-In Hunt

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via ESPN’s latest look at the Western Conference field predicted that the Trail Blazers are likely to land in the play-in field. The injury-depleted Trail Blazers have won five out of their last six games and currently sit in the middle of the Western Conference’s postseason hunt with a sturdy 15-10 record. Earlier this week, following the release of an updated Basketball Power Index (BPI), ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry delivered an updated NBA Playoffs prediction. Before getting into the predictions, Goldsberry explained how ESPN’s BPI is...