G - POR
CJ McCollum became the focal point of the Trail Blazers offense on Saturday, scoring 36 points (13-25 FG, 3-7 3PT, 7-8 FT), distributing a team-high seven assists, while adding six rebounds, one steal, and six turnovers across 46 minutes in a 131-122 loss to the Lakers in Game 5.
McCollum was effective sans Damian Lillard - scoring and facilitating the offense while filling the void left by the All-Star guard, who remains out with a sprained knee. With this loss, the Trail Blazers' season is over, and McCollum will likely take the off-season to repair the fracture in his vertebrae and get ready to fight again next season. He ends the first-round series against the Lakers with 23.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in five games played.
CJ McCollum scored 18 points (5-13 FG, 2-3 3PT, 6-8 FT) with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes of play in a 135-115 loss to the Lakers in Game 4.
McCollum had defenders in his face all-night-long and also battled the referees for several no-calls on hard, physical drives to the rim. McCollum was forced to pick up the slack once Damian Lillard exited with an apparent knee injury. McCollum is averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.5 three's this series, and should Lillard not be ready for a full load on Wednesday, DFS players should be looking for McCollum to get a boost in production in Game 5.
CJ McCollum had a productive night, scoring 28 points (12-25 FG, 4-12 3PT, 0-0 FT) while amassing eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers across 43 minutes in a 116-108 loss to Los Angeles in Game 3.
It's beyond impressive that McCollum is playing at such a high level despite having a fractured vertebra. He's still thriving in the mid-range and painted areas but has yet to find his stroke from deep - connecting on only 30% of his shots from three-point range in the series. McCollum continues seeing a high usage rate as the second scoring option for the Trail Blazers and has a relatively safe floor in DFS. He finished as a top-10 performer in DFS tonight, scoring 50.6 Fanduel points and 51.0 in DraftKings.
CJ McCollum scored 13 points (6-16 FG, 1-5 3PT, 0-2 FT) and added five rebounds, three assists, and one turnover across 33 minutes in a 111-88 loss to the Lakers.
McCollum had an off-night shooting the ball, missing 10-of-16 shots while failing to convert both of his attempts from the charity stripe. Nothing went right for the Trail Blazers tonight, as they shot 40% as a team and were down 17 points at halftime and never recovered. McCollum will have a day to regroup and get back on track, and with Lillard's latest injury, he may have to carry the offensive more in Game 3.
CJ McCollum scored 21 points (8-20 FG, 3-8 3PT, 2-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds and a steal over 41 minutes of play Tuesday.
McCollum has been up and down throughout the NBA restart. He has the ability to put up big performances when needed but Portland has enough other options that he should only warrant secondary consideration in any playoff fantasy formats.