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Not to jinx it, but the Trail Blazers have been pretty healthy this season. The only injuries they’ve dealt with have been anything but catastrophic. Maurice Harkless has been in and out with shoulder issues, Evan Turner has had a bum knee, and of course CJ McCollum had his knee strain last Saturday against the Spurs. When CJ succumbed to his injury on the court, it didn’t look like much happened, but more often than not the injuries that look like nothing are anything but. Thankfully, it has been reported that CJ’s knee is not too worse for ware, and his recovery time should be relatively swift.
Losing half of one of the best back courts in the NBA is scary, but the Blazers have had little trouble filling the void CJ’s absence created. The Blazers dropped a tough game to the Spurs when CJ had to leave the court, but they’ve handily won the last two without him. Damian Lillard has again proven he is the rigid backbone of the Blazers. Dame doled out 27 assists in the last two contests with an average that sits at just over six per game. Like a good team leader, Dame has kept all of his contributors well fed on the offensive side. Seth Curry stepped up against the Mavericks and went four for seven from beyond the arc, and Jusuf Nurkic logged his now standard double-double in both games.
Per usual, the Blazers look like contenders in the tail end of the regular season. Whether or not that means anything in the final stretch remains to be seen. Las Vegas has the Blazers at 80/1 to win the Finals this season. Those aren’t great odds, but they’re not impossible.
Before the Blazers could get to said finals, they had to get through the Detroit Pistons last night. With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond filling up the paint for the Pistons, the Blazers were gonna have to make sure their shooting game was on point.
Despite some struggles in the second half to retain a lead, the Blazers were able to wrap it up just in the nick of time, finishing off the Pistons 117 - 112.Continue reading »