But after he showed flashes when he returned to the court, McCollum remembers Lillard making a bold prediction his rookie season. And this was once again a game that turned on three-point shooting. Occasional texts turned into periodic phone conversations. Stotts also discussed what this Blazers team has learned after getting swept in the playoffs last year. McCollum is the better overall shooter, from both inside and outside the arc. But when you are the road team making it an ugly game can be an advantage just like the Godfather Dwight Jaynes pointed out.
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Another chance at the Thunder? The Blazers will not win a championship with two starting guards who play terrible defense.
Portland still needs to stop shooters who kccollum find themselves wide open from simple screens and ball movement. Inside The Nike Hoop Summit: Russell Westbrook rocks the baby, never stops talking and overall, makes himself as obnoxious with opponents as he is with the media.
Where Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum rank among the best backcourts
Both teams were mccoloum turnovers and there were plenty of offensive fouls to go around. But who is the better or, worse defender? And it did seem the Blazers got very frustrated with the officiating during the fourth quarter. Home teams get more of those calls. It would be interesting to see McCollum thrust into a more prominent leadership role, to see if he could carry the burden as well as Lillard.
Annd after he showed flashes when he returned to the court, McCollum remembers Lillard making a bold prediction his rookie season.
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum Out vs Kings
Hoops Habit 4 months Portland Trail Blazers: As you can see, when both players are on the court, the net rating of offense to defense is about equal. McCollum is a lot like Lillard in demeanor and likeability, though it is usually Lillard that has to answer lillarv how the Blazers are faring and give Lillard credit for at least being vocal about his team sucking lil,ard year.
Momentum is a fickle thing in the playoffs. The Trail Blazers starting center and former Thunder big man Enes Kanter was also focused on his body the day after a very physical game. Generally a good thing on the road. The free throw discrepancy was quite a lot.
The Blazers this season have become a dumpster fire beside a propane facility; a constant dance of one step forward followed by three steps back. Despite defeat one night prior to split a home-and-home with the two-time reigning NBA champions, it was Damian Lillard who led the way with his own showcase against the Golden State Warriors, notching 40 points on of shooting in a point loss at the Moda Center.
And speaking of clutch—did you catch McCollum against the Dallas Mavericks last night? Per 36 minutes and per possessions, if McCollum is not leading a stat he is just barely behind Lillard. In what was an interesting game on the officiating end, Moe Harkless had enough from the refs and threw his headband into the crowd. McCollum is the better overall shooter, from both inside and outside the arc. They will see for themselves. Paul George had 10 points at halftime, but once the Blazers got into foul trouble he was able to get cleaner looks and was able to convert.
But when you are the road team making it an ugly game can be an advantage just like the Godfather Dwight Jaynes pointed out. The Thunder crowd was bringing the energy even before the game started.
Backcourt buddies: How the friendship of Lillard and McCollum translates to success
The final score was in a matchup that transpired in Rip City, where the Portland Trail Blazers added another tally to the win column in one of the most prolific slaughterings of the season.
We kind of expected that. The answer has always been Lillard. But there were a few more factors that the Blazers pointed out in their postgame interviews. And this was once again a game that lilllard on three-point shooting. If many thought Lillard got snubbed for an All-Star spot this season, then McCollum deserves the same outcry. McCollum and Lillard are both solid jump shooters, but neither can post-up against most opposing guards.
The Oklahoma City Thunder shot a miserable