Portland Trail Blazers Player News: All Positions

News: Lillard and the Trail Blazers are expected to agree to terms on a four-year, $191 million supermax extension this offseason, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: While Lillard and the Blazers fizzled out in four games against Golden State in the West Finals, the four-time All-Star is set to sign a massive contract that will likely keep him in Portland for the duration of his prime years. Lillard -- who's widely expected to make a 2018-19 All-NBA team, which he needs to qualify for the extension -- is still under contract for two more seasons on his current deal, so the $191 extension wouldn't kick in until the start of the 2021-22 season. As a result, Lillard would be committed to the Blazers for the next six years, meaning his next opportunity for a contract wouldn't come until he's 34 years old. Lillard, 28, has never wavered in his stance that he wants to play out his career in Portland, and the supermax would essentially cement his status as the face of the franchise through the middle of the next decade. Lillard is coming off of a season in which he averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 made three-pointers per game.
News: Kanter managed six points (3-4 FG), two rebounds and one steal across 13 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Impact: Kanter shifted to the bench for the final two games of the series, and his production took an unsurprising hit. The big man scored in single digits in each of the last three contests overall, and a lingering shoulder injury certainly may have played a part in some inconsistent showings from the midway point of the semifinal round onward. Kanter will be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason, and a return to the Trail Blazers appears unlikely with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season and talented backups Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins also under contract.
News: Collins posted 10 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one block across 11 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Impact: Collins wrapped up a solid postseason with his fifth double-digit scoring effort of the playoffs. The second-year big did see a drop in playing time after averaging 21.1 minutes in the semifinal round, as coach Terry Stotts opted to shift Meyers Leonard into the starting five after bumping Enes Kanter down to the second unit. Nevertheless, Collins showed solid improvement in multiple categories during his sophomore campaign, laying the foundation for what could be an even better third season in 2019-20.
News: McCollum poured in 26 points (10-22 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and added seven assists, two rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 44 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Impact: McCollum checked in just behind Meyers Leonard and Damian Lillard in scoring on the night, but the efforts of Portland's "Big Three" ultimately fell short. Like his backcourt mate Lillard, McCollum strugged with his shot over the first three games of the series, posting sub-40-percent success rates from the floor in each of those contests. His 45.5 percent shooting mark Monday, which included an impressive 55.6 percent tally from distance, was thus his best performance of the series by far. McCollum will look to play an integral role in helping the Trail Blazers build on this season's success during the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Leonard registered 30 points (12-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 40 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Impact: Leonard drew a second consecutive start, and head coach Terry Stotts' decision to keep him in the starting five proved to be an unequivocally prudent one. The veteran big man notched a career-high point total while pacing the Trail Blazers in both scoring and rebounds. Leonard's floor-spacing ability was on full display, as he also led Portland in three-point percentage. A career reserve, Leonard's two-game postseason surge may serve as the launching pad to additional opportunities in his 2019-20 contract year.
News: Lillard supplied 28 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 assists and four rebounds across 44 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Impact: Lillard continued to fight through his separated ribs and almost managed to help the Blazers stave off elimination. However, the All-Star guard came up just short, failing to find the net on a last-gasp desperation three-point attempt at the final buzzer in overtime. Lillard did turn in his best shooting effort of the series Monday, as he'd drained 37.5 percent or less of his attempts in each of the first three games. His injury naturally played a role in his poor marksmanship, and it ultimately cost Portland heavily in the form of a clean sweep out of the postseason. The 28-year-old guard will now take some much-needed recovery time before getting ready to help the Blazers bounce back in the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Lillard is playing through separated ribs, an injury that occurred in the Trail Blazers' Game 2 loss to Golden State on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: All indications are that Lillard will continue to play through the issue, but it may be too late for Portland to climb back into the series after falling behind 3-0 with a loss Saturday night. Lillard struggled again in that contest, hitting just 5-of-18 field goals and finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dating back to Game 2 of the Nuggets series, Lillard is shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three.
News: Collins finished with six points (2-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a block over 20 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Collins played 20 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss after playing just eight minutes in Game 2. Although he scored only six points, he grabbed eight rebounds, handed out two assists and swatted a shot. It was a disappointing effort from Collins, but he'll still be an affordable daily option due to his upside for Monday's Game 4.
News: McCollum totaled 23 points (7-20 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 7-12 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two steals over 38 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: McCollum led the Blazers in scoring in Saturday's loss, though he did so with an inefficient shooting performance, going just 7-20 from the field. In 12 games prior to the series with Golden State, McCollum averaged 25.6 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Those numbers have decreased to 20.7 points and 37.1 percent respectively, and McCollum has now scored a total of 62 points on 62 shots in the Western Conference Finals. The Blazers will likely play their final home game of the season in Monday's Game 4, where McCollum will have a chance to rectify his recent shooting and scoring woes.
News: Lillard totaled 19 points (5-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 40 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: In a must-win Game 3, Lillard came up small, scoring just 19 points and going 5-18 from the floor. His final stat line was certainly serviceable from a fantasy perspective, but his inefficiency and low scoring total were contributing factors to another loss. With Game 4 on Monday and the series virtually out of reach, Lillard will be playing primarily for pride in front of his home crowd where he's likely to bounce back.
News: Leonard finished with 16 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists and three rebounds over 31 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Leonard got his first playoff start of the season, and he made the most of his opportunity. The big man scored 16 points, thanks to a trio of triples, and he found ways to contribute on the glass and by facilitating teammates. Although the Blazers lost, Leonard looked to be more effective than Enes Kanter had been, and the former may have earned another start in Monday's win-or-go-home Game 4.
News: Kanter will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: After two losses at the hands of Golden State, coach Terry Stotts will opt to start Meyers Leonard over Kanter. Kanter played just 19 minutes during Game 2, and it's possible he sees less time in Game 2.
News: Leonard will start during Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: After not playing in Game 1, Leonard saw 17 minutes in Game 2, posting seven points, six boards and two assists in 17 minutes. In looking for a change of pace, coach Terry Stotts will opt to start Leonard over Enes Kanter.
News: Hood managed 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Hood continues to tough out a knee bruise, but he's still managed to average a rock-solid 14.5 points off the bench over the first two games of the series. The fifth-year wing has shot 50.0 percent in each of those contests, including 40.0 percent from three-point range. Hood should continue seeing a workload of 20 minutes at minimum in Saturday's critical Game 3 on his home floor.
News: Harkless registered 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Harkless has opened the conference finals with consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, only the second time he's accomplished the feat this postseason. The veteran wing has gotten it done with 57.7 percent shooting, a level of efficiency that he didn't come close to matching over the first two playoff series despite some serviceable performances. Harkless will look to keep the hot hand going in Saturday's critical Game 3 on his home floor of Moda Center.
News: Curry furnished 16 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and four steals across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Curry stepped up in significant fashion during the narrow loss, pacing the Blazers bench in scoring and matching his postseason high in points in the process. The 28-year-old has enjoyed steady playing time throughout the playoffs, but his contributions have remained inconsistent due to spotty shooting. Curry boosted his success rate from Game 1's abysmal 14.3 percent to 55.6 percent Thursday, and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to carry over the hot hand into Saturday's Game 3 on his home floor.
News: McCollum tallied 22 points (9-23 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 39 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: McCollum checked in just behind backcourt mate Damian Lillard in scoring for the Blazers on the night. The veteran two-guard is just 16-for-42 from the field overall over the first two games of the series, and he'll presumably need to be markedly sharper to give Portland a chance at a home victory in Game 3 on Saturday.
News: Lillard posted 23 points (6-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal across 43 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Lillard paced the Blazers in scoring and assists, and his stellar performance from behind the arc was integral to Portland being in position for an upset victory in the closing seconds. However, Lillard ultimately committed the biggest error of the contest when he had the ball stolen from him by Andre Iguodala on the final possession. Lillard has struggled overall from an efficiency standpoint over the first two games of the series, as he's drained just 35.4 percent of his 28 attempts across that pair of contests. He'll look to up his accuracy in Game 3 on Saturday night.
News: Harkless tallied 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three blocks, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to Golden State.
Impact: Harkless finished as the only player on the Trail Blazers team to shoot in excess of 50 percent, ending with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. It was a nice night for Harkless who also chipped in with a combined four steals and blocks, all in just 30 minutes. Despite his strong numbers, the result serves as an ominous warning given the Warriors were without Kevin Durant (calf) who could return at some stage in the next week.
News: Lillard finished with 19 points (4-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six assists, and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to Golden State.
Impact: The Warriors did an excellent job containing Lillard throughout Tuesday's Game 1, limiting him to 19 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Lillard is going to have to be much better than this if the Trail Blazers hope to make this a competitive series. Despite having five players in double-figures, as opposed to the Warriors who had just three, it was the Trail Blazers who still fell 22 points short in the end. The defense was non-existent at times and unless Lillard can find his rhythm, the NBA Finals certainly seem a long way off at this stage.
News: Hood totaled 17 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Hood was cleared to play Tuesday but certainly appeared hampered by his ongoing knee injury. There also looked to be a moment during the third quarter in which he aggravated the injury but he managed to remain on the floor. Despite the uncertainty leading up to the game, Hood was still able to score 17 points including a pair of three-pointers. This will likely be a bothersome issue for the remainder of the series which is just another injury for the Trail Blazers to worry about.
News: Kanter had 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Kanter played 30 minutes Tuesday, coming away with a 10-and-16 double-double. The matchup with the Warriors is certainly not going to be an easy one for Kanter but he managed to acquit himself quite well in this one. However, while the numbers are decent enough on the surface, he did struggle mightily with a number of high screens, constantly leaving both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson open from the perimeter. This could have something to do with his ongoing shoulder injury and if that is the case, may become a concern moving forward.
News: Hood (knee) will be available for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Warriors, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: Despite dealing with a bone bruise, Hood will take the court for Game 1, though it seems likely he'll be at less than 100 percent. Across the past seven games, he's averaging 14.7 points on 57.6 percent shooting.
News: Hood (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Warriors, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: A bone bruise is leaving Hood in some discomfort, and it's possible he doesn't play during Game 1. If he's sidelined, Seth Curry and/or Evan Turner could see extra run.
News: Hood underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed he's dealing with a bone bruise his left knee, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. The Trail Blazers list Hood as questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Impact: Hood played 20 minutes Sunday in Game 7 of the Trail Blazers' 100-96 win over the Nuggets in the Western Conference Quarterfinals before exiting with the left knee injury. Portland will presumably wait and see how Hood looks during their morning shootaround Tuesday before rendering a verdict on his availability against Golden State. If Hood is sidelined, Evan Turner and Seth Curry could be in store for larger roles off the Portland bench.
News: Kanter totaled 12 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 13 rebounds, and one assist in 40 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 victory over Denver.
Impact: Kanter racked up another double-double Sunday, helping the Trail Blazers take care of the Nuggets, advancing to the Conference Finals. Kanter's shoulder continues to be an issue but there have been no excuses and his 40 minutes were certainly important in what was a back-and-forth matchup. The Trail Blazers will now face the Warriors in what is typically a tough matchup for opposing centers. His playing time may reduce depending on the mindset of the Warriors but his production thus far can certainly not be understated.
News: McCollum amassed 37 points (17-29 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 45 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: McCollum almost single-handedly carried the Trail Blazers offense on a night Damian Lillard struggled. Evan Turner was the second-leading scorer for the Trail Blazers with 14 points, emphasizing the importance of McCollum's big out. Portland will now move on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000, with a matchup looming against the two-time defending champion Warriors.
News: Lillard finished with 13 points (3-17 FG, 2-9 2Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in 45 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Lillard struggled mightily from the field Sunday, finishing just 3-of-17 from the field. Despite his shooting woes, the Trail Blazers were still able to hold on to defeat the Nuggets and in turn, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time in almost 20 years. Lillard managed to factor into the game, compiling 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals, outlining his overall importance to the team. He is going to need to find his range come Tuesday as the Warriors will likely take advantage of poor shooting nights such as this.
News: Hood left Sunday's Game 7 against the Nuggets due to a hyperextended left knee and is questionable to return.
Impact: Hood had a collision with Craig that resulted in the knee injury and he was immediately taken to the locker room. Hood is likely done for the game, which will likely result in Moe Harkless being part of the Blazers' closing lineup.
News: Collins mustered 14 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist, five blocks and one steal across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Collins' rock-solid contributions off the bench continued Thursday, and he's proven to be an especially valuable piece with Enes Kanter dealing with a shoulder injury and Al-Farouq Aminu providing limited contributions at power forward as well. Collins has generated consecutive 14-point efforts, and the 29 minutes he logged Thursday were easily a postseason-high figure. The seven-footer could be relied upon again fairly heavily in Game 7 if the starting frontcourt's struggles continue.
News: Kanter tallied just six points (2-9 FG, 2-4 FT) but added 14 rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Kanter continued to tough out his shoulder issues Thursday, and his poor shooting night could well have been a reflection of the physical limitations he's currently under. The big man was a force on the boards, however, turning in his third double-digit rebound effort of the last four contests. Kanter now has back-to-back 22.2 percent showings from the floor, but he'll look to overcome his offensive struggles in Sunday's critical Game 7.
News: Hood poured in 25 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-9 FT) and added four rebounds across 32 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: As has been the case most of the series, Hood was a critical contributor off the bench. Thursday's scoring tally was a career playoff high for the fifth-year veteran, who's now shot over 60.0 percent in four consecutive games versus the Nuggets. Hood is averaging an impressive 16.2 points over 25.2 minutes during the series, and the Blazers will undoubtedly need another productive effort from him on the second unit to have any chance of pulling out Sunday's Game 7 on the Nuggets' home court.
News: McCollum delivered 30 points (12-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: McCollum rediscovered his stroke at a critical time following a 5-for-16 showing from the floor in Game 5. The veteran two-guard checked in behind only backcourt mate Damian Lillard in scoring for thenight, and he's now tallied at least 30 points in three postseason games thus far. McCollum has also sandwiched a pair of 50.0 percent shooting nights around the aforementioned Game 5 clunker, and the Blazers will hope he can carry the hot hand over to Sunday's do-or-die Game 7 in Denver.
News: Lillard provided 32 points (11-23 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Lillard and backcourt mate C.J. McCollum unsurprisingly spearheaded the critical win, with the former pouring in 17 of his 32 points in a pivotal third quarter. It was a highly timely resurgence for Lillard, who'd gone 18-for-43 from the floor over the prior two games, including 4-for-16 from three-point range. With a hostile crowd awaiting them at Pepsi Center in Denver for Sunday's Game 7, the Blazers will need Lillard to be in similar form to Thursday to have a chance at advancing into the conference finals.
News: Collins finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal across 21 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Collins saw 21 minutes for the second straight game and put them to good use, posting a postseason-high scoring tally. The 21-year-old has scored in double digits twice during the current series and three times overall this postseason, serving as a serviceable source of offense on the second unit. Collins' minutes are likely to remain in the high teens/low 20s again in Thursday's critical Game 6.
News: Kanter managed seven points (2-9 FG, 3-6 FT), eight rebounds and three assists across 26 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Kanter continues to fight through shoulder issues, and the injury likely has played at least a part in the big man taking single-digit shot attempts in each of the last two contests. Kanter has remained a steady force on the boards, however, and all indications is he'll be slated for a normal allotment of minutes in Thursday's critical Game 6.
News: McCollum finished with 12 points (5-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-0 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: McCollum's struggles to find the net consistently cost the Trail Blazers dearly in the blowout defeat. The normally reliable two-guard had shot at least 40.0 percent in each of the other games during the series, but his difficulties Tuesday led to a postseason-low scoring tally. McCollum will look to bounce back in a do-or-die Game 6 for Portland on Thursday.
News: Hood contributed 14 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 26 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Hood shared the second-unit lead in scoring with Zach Collins, and both players checked in behind only Damian Lillard for the night on the Blazers. The veteran wing has been a positive presence throughout the series, hitting double digits in the scoring column in four of the five games. With a hot hand that's led to 61.6 percent shooting, including 55.0 percent from three-point range, thus far, Hood will look to once again play a pivotal role off the bench in Thursday's do-or-die Game 6.
News: Lillard contributed 22 points (9-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 32 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Lillard was about the only member of the Blazers' starting five that showed up with a purpose Tuesday, as he eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the series. The All-Star guard's struggles from distance continued, however, as he's now shooting just 24.1 percent from behind the arc over the five games against the Nuggets. He'll look to spearhead a desperation Game 6 win in Portland on Thursday.
News: McCollum tallied 29 points (10-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 116-112 loss to the Nuggets in Game 4.
Impact: McCollum was somewhat of a wild card heading into the playoffs after a left knee injury limited his availability late in the regular season, but he's assuaged any concerns about his health through the first two rounds. Over the Trail Blazers' nine playoff games, McCollum is averaging 25.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.3 triples while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from distance.
News: Kanter (shoulder) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Nuggets in Game 4, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Kanter has put on an impressive display of toughness throughout the series, and he'll continue to do so Sunday after logging 56 minutes in a quadruple-overtime victory Friday. He's been able to make an impact even with a separated shoulder and is averaging 19.7 points. 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals through the first three contests of the Western Conference Semifinals.
News: Harkless (ankle) managed 15 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal across 45 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Harkless powered through his ankle issues to turn in a strong all-around effort. It was the veteran's second 15-point, 10-rebound double-double of the postseason, as he'd also accomplished the feat against the Thunder in Game 4 of the first-round series. Despite the surge Friday, Harkless had logged just 13 minutes in Game 2, so it will be hard to gauge whether he'll be able to replicate his success in Game 4.
News: Hood supplied 19 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Hood turned out to be the hero for the Trail Blazers in the seemingly interminable classic, as he sank a key three-pointer with 18.6 seconds remaining and scored seven points overall during the fourth and final overtime period. Hood's scoring total paced Portland's second unit and was third on the team behind those of C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. Hood has been excellent throughout the first three games of the series, averaging 17.0 points on 56.8 shooting, including 58.3 percent from three-point range.
News: Kanter turned in 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 15 rebounds, three steals and one block across 56 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Kanter turned in a gutsy performance during the overtime victory, even after re-injuring his left shoulder during the contest. The veteran's double-double was his first of the series and third overall this postseason. Kanter's status is presumably day-to-day ahead of Sunday's Game 4, with additional updates on his condition likely forthcoming ahead of that contest.
News: Lillard finished with 28 points (10-24 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and two steals across 58 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Lillard ceded the mantle of top scorer to C.J. McCollum for the night, but he turned in a productive complementary performance. The All-Star guard's final four points of the contest, which came on a bank shot and a layup in the closing seconds of the fourth overtime, were crucial, bringing Portland back from a 129-125 deficit with under 30 seconds remaining. Lillard's performance represented a nice bounce-back effort after he slumped to 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting in Game 2, and he'll look to replicate his success from Friday in Sunday's critical Game 4.
News: McCollum delivered 41 points (16-39 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block across 60 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: McCollum took the reins of the Trail Blazers' attack Friday and didn't let go, outpacing his next-closest teammate (Damian Lillard) by a whopping 15 shot attempts. McCollum's scoring total was a game-high figure as well and matched a personal postseason best. The 27-year-old has now upped his scoring total over that of the prior game in each of the last two contests and will look to continue surging in Game 4 on Sunday.
News: The Blazers are hopeful Harkless (ankle) will both play and start in Friday's Game 3 against the Nugget, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Harkless had an MRI on his ankle after Game 2 that confirmed a sprained ankle. He was originally deemed questionable, but looks to be on track to play assuming he avoids any setbacks. Expect confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.
News: Harkless underwent an MRI on Thursday which confirmed that he's dealing with a right ankle sprain, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports. He is questionable for Friday's Game 3 against the Nuggets.
Impact: Harkless missed the entire second half of Game 2 due to the injury and is dealing with some pain and swelling. More information on his status may arrive following Friday's morning shootaround. If he's unable to play in Game 3, Jake Layman could step into a starting role.
News: Harkless (ankle) admitted after Wednesday's 97-90 win over the Nuggets in Game 2 of the series that he wasn't certain if he would be available Friday for Game 3, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Harkless exited in the first half of the contest with a right ankle sprain, which sidelined him for the entire second half. He told reporters that he experienced swelling with the ankle and labeled himself as day-to-day ahead of Game 3. The Trail Blazers should have a better feel for Harkless' status after Friday's shootaround, but if he's ultimately ruled out, Jake Layman could enter the starting five in his stead. Layman took Harkless' spot on the top unit coming out of halftime.
News: Hood totaled 15 points (5-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, and three blocks in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 victory over Denver.
Impact: Hood scored 15 points in Wednesday's Game 2 victory, adding to his 17 points from Game 1. With scoring at a premium in this game, Hood was able to find his range, somewhat making up for the shortcomings of Damian Lillard who ended with just 14 points. Hood also randomly chipped in three blocked shots to round out another solid performance.
News: McCollum ended with 20 points (8-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, and six assists in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: On a night where Damian Lillard shot just 5-of-17 from the field, McCollum was able to pick up some of the slack, scoring a game-high 20 points in the Game 2 victory. It was certainly an odd game from both teams with no one player standing out above the rest. Nonetheless, the Trail Blazers were able to wrestle homecourt advantage away from the Nuggets and will head home with renewed confidence.
News: Kanter finished with 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Kanter had another solid performance despite continuing to battle a shoulder injury. He fell one rebound short of a double-double, but perhaps the most surprising aspect was his strong play on the defensive end. The Trail Blazers now have homecourt advantage and will look to ride their momentum as the series heads back to Portland for games 3 and 4. His ailment will likely hang around for some time but there is no indication he will be forced to miss time.
News: Harkless suffered a right ankle sprain and is questionable to return to Game 2, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Harkless hurt his ankle late in the second quarter of Game 2. At the moment he's questionable to return but if he's unable to, look for Rodney Hood and Evan Turner to see an uptick in minutes.
News: Kanter (shoulder) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 in Denver.
Impact: This is good news for Portland, but at the same time it's hard to believe Kanter won't be bothered by the shoulder injury that visibly hampered him on both ends during Game 1. It didn't stop him from being effective on offense, however, as Kanter finished with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds in 33 minutes.
News: Hood totaled 17 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes during Monday's 121-113 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Hood shot the ball well during his limited time on the court, ending with 17 points in just 18 minutes Monday. Hood has struggled to find a consistent role in the Trail Blazers rotation but can have nights such as this from time-to-time. The scoring is nice, however, he typically adds very little else as was the case here with just two rebounds and one assist.
News: Lillard finished with 39 points (12-21 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 11-13 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 43 minutes during Monday's 121-113 loss to Denver.
Impact: Lillard led all scorers with 39 points Monday, picking up where he left off after their first-round victory over the Thunder. Despite his 39 points, the Trail Blazers fell short in Game 1, losing the game by eight points. Lillard was defended well on the perimeter in this one but was able to find his way to the basket with regularity, often ending with a layup or free-throws. Unfortunately, Lillard received little support outside of Enes Kanter, a trend that is going to have to change if the Trail Blazers are to push through to the Conference Finals.
News: Kanter managed 26 points (11-14 FG, 4-4 FT), and seven rebounds in 33 minutes during Monday's 121-113 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Kanter played well in his 33 minutes Monday, ending the loss with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. His shoulder injury was clearly causing him discomfort and certainly limited his rebounding ability on both ends of the floor. It would appear that this is going to be an ongoing issue and something that he is simply going to have to play through. Despite the injury, he was still able to impact the game on the offensive end and with no specific updates, should be good to go Wednesday for Game 2.
News: Kanter will start Game 1 against the Nuggets on Monday despite dealing with a separated left shoulder, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kanter suffered the injury during the final game of the first round against the Thunder, and even though he appeared to be in some serious pain during warmups, he's going to start the contest. It remains to be seen if the issue will limit his playing time, although it may simply be a matter of pain tolerance.
News: Kanter (shoulder) is available to play in Game 1 against Denver on Monday, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Portland has yet to announce it's starting five, so it's possible that Kanter could come off the bench, considering he appeared to be in some pain during pregame warmups. If this turns out to be the case, Zach Collins figures to draw the start at center to open the series.
News: Kanter (shoulder) is on the court for pregame warmups ahead of Game 1 against the Nuggets on Monday, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Kanter was spotted going through his usual pregame routine, and although he was noticeably in some pain, it appears as though he's going to play. The Trail Blazers should make an official announcement on his status shortly before tipoff.
News: Kanter (shoulder) is questionable for Game 1 against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: Kanter's status remains in question for Portland's upcoming series, as he separated his left shoulder in the final game of the first round. His shoulder won't be completely healthy for at least another month, but he'll attempt to play through the pain throughout the playoffs. A decision on Kanter's availability will likely be made following pregame warmups.
News: Kanter (shoulder) is considered day-to-day heading into Round 2 against either the Nuggets or the Spurs, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. "It's getting there," Kanter said Friday. "It's a process. I'm not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad. We're just taking it day-by-day to see how it feels."
Impact: Kanter separated his shoulder during the Blazers' series-clinching victory over the Thunder, and he noted that it's tough for him to even slip his shorts on and off and eat food. Team doctors say that a separated shoulder normally takes about a month to heal, but obviously Portland doesn't want to wait that long to get Kanter back out there.
News: Kanter, during Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, was playing through a separated shoulder, Kevin Pelton of ESPN reports. "I just tried to play through it," Kanter said afterward. "We'll see what happens in the future."
Impact: Kanter suffered the injury during the first quarter, and he went on to play 32 minutes after receiving an injection at halftime. In waiting for the Nuggets-Spurs series to wrap up, the Blazers will have off at least through Saturday. Considering he played through the injury Tuesday, Kanter should be good to go for Round 2. However, until that's confirmed, he should be considered questionable for Game 1.
News: Harkless produced 17 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-10 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 33 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 118-115 win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Harkless joined C.J. McCollum in posting a solid 17-point scoring total that served as an ideal complement to Damian Lillard's spectacular 50-point performance. The veteran wing stepped up his offensive game during the series, scoring between 14 and Tuesday's 17 points in three of the five games. Harkless averaged 9.0 shot attempts and drained them at a 45.0 percent clip during the series while averaging 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 30.4 minutes. He'll look to provide similar numbers in the semifinal round versus the Nuggets or Spurs.
News: Kanter posted 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists and one block across 32 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 118-115 win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Kanter sustained a left shoulder injury late in the first half after falling hard to the court, but he started the second half and turned in a gutsy performance down low against Steven Adams. Kanter generated two double-doubles overall in the series, and even though he saw a downturn while dealing with foul trouble in Game 2, he still averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 29.2 minutes over the five games against the Thunder. He'll look to rest up ahead of a semifinal-round matchup against either the Spurs or Nuggets.
News: McCollum tallied 17 points (8-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and two block across 32 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 118-115 win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: McCollum got off to a slow start and struggled from distance, but he was able to right his ship offensively over the course of the game to finish with a solid line. McCollum shot 42.1 percent or better in four of five games against the Thunder -- including a pair of tallies of 50.0 percent or better -- and he scored over 20 points in Games 1-4. He'll look to keep up his productive ways in the semifinal round against either the Nuggets or Spurs.
News: Lillard totaled a career-playoff-high 50 points (17-33 FG, 10-18 3Pt, 6-8 FT), including a game-winning three-pointer, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block across 45 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 118-115 win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Lillard capped off a masterful performance by clinching the first-round series for the Trail Blazers with a long-distance dagger from just inside the team logo at half court. The All-Star guard had enjoyed a spectacular first half in which he'd accumulated 34 of his points -- with 19 coming in the first quarter alone -- so the last-second shot actually capped off what had been much quieter third and fourth quarters. Lillard now has 12 career postseason games with more than 30 points and will look to spearhead the Trail Blazers' efforts once again in the semifinal round against either the Spurs or Nuggets.
News: McCollum put up 27 points (10-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 42 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 111-98 win over the Thunder in Game 4.
Impact: McCollum was something of a wild card heading into playoffs after missing 11 of the Trail Blazers' final 13 regular-season games with a strained left knee, but the shooting guard is looking fully healthy thus far in the first round. He's cleared 20 points in each of the first four contests while chipping in 6.3 boards and 4.5 assists per game and hitting 51.6 percent of his attempts from the outside.
News: Aminu compiled 19 points (7-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 111-98 win over the Thunder in Game 4 of the series.
Impact: Aminu drilled a key three-pointer to close out the first half and finished with his best scoring performance of the series to give the Trail Blazers a 3-1 edge heading into a potential clincher Tuesday at home. Since his offense is usually reliant on knocking down outside shots, Aminu isn't particularly consistent, but he should make for a decent cost-saving option in DFS tournaments throughout the Blazers' postseason run.
News: Harkless totaled seven points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 34 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Harkless enjoyed a somewhat rare offensive surge in Game 2, draining six of nine shots on his way to a 14-point effort. However, he was back in the single digits in the scoring column Friday, and he also ultimately fouled out of the contest. The veteran wing is valued primarily for his solid defense, and double-digit scoring contributions the likes of which he produced in Game 2 tend to be few and far between.
News: Aminu furnished nine points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt), nine rebounds and two assists across 33 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Aminu played a strict complementary role as the fourth option behind Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Enes Kanter, but he still put together a solid fantasy line. The veteran forward's contributions will undoubtedly continue vary from game to game in the series, but his signature work on the boards should remain steady.
News: Kanter offered 19 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Despite dealing with a bruised hand, Kanter was as sharp as usual shooting, putting together a strong offensive performance for the second time in the series' first three games. The veteran big man's rebounds were significantly down, however, as Steven Adams got the better of him on that end of things. Kanter also dealt with foul trouble for the second straight contest, although he still logged nine more minutes than in Game 2. He'll look to bounce back in Game 4 on Sunday as the Trail Blazers look to regain momentum before the series heads back to Portland.
News: McCollum totaled 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 36 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: McCollum wasn't quite as efficient overall as he'd been in Game 2, when he'd drained 54.5 percent of his shots on his home floor. However, he was very impressive from behind the arc Friday, with his 62.5 percent success rate from three-point range his best since March 15. McCollum has actually been sharp from distance since the series began, as he's drained no less than 42.9 percent of his three-point attempts during the first three games.
News: Lillard turned in 32 points (10-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 9-10 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder on Friday in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Impact: Lillard's final line was certainly impressive, but he amassed 25 of his 32 points in the third quarter. That meant he came up particularly small in the fourth, when he netted just three points as the Blazers looked to close in. Irrespective of the imbalance, Lillard is still enjoying an excellent series overall, as he's scored no fewer than 29 points in any of the first three games. He also has back-to-back 47.6 percent shooting efforts, and he'll look to set the bar even higher in Game 4 on Sunday.
News: Kanter suffered a right hand bruise in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Thunder but is not listed on the injury report for Friday's Game 3.
Impact: Kanter already played through the injury in Game 2, as according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, the big man suffered the injury in the first half. Kanter has reiterated that he will be ready to play in Game 3, so expect him to be a full go Friday.
News: Harkless compiled 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 114-94 victory over Oklahoma City.
Impact: Harkless stepped up Tuesday, hauling in a team-high nine rebounds as Enes Kanter was nullified on both ends of the floor. Harkless continues to be one of the more unheralded pieces when looking at the Trail Blazers as a unit. His defense is going to be key moving forward, especially with the series now heading to Oklahoma City for Game 3.
News: McCollum totaled 33 points (12-22 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 114-94 victory over the Thunder.
Impact: McCollum torched the Thunder in Tuesday's Game 2 victory, finishing with a game-high 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting. He has certainly been impactful across the first two games of the series, demonstrating no limitations after a knee injury cut short his regular season. The series will now head to Oklahoma City for Game 3 with the Trail Blazers intent on keeping their foot on the gas.
News: Lillard finished with 29 points (10-21 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six assists, four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 114-94 victory over the Thunder.
Impact: Lillard put up another impressive performance Tuesday, outplaying Russell Westbrook on both ends of the floor. The Trail Blazers emerged 20-point victors in Game 2 of their series and head to Oklahoma City with all the momentum. Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to hit more three-pointers than the entire Thunder roster and will be looking to continue their dominant play in Game 3 Friday.
News: Aminu accumulated 10 points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, and three blocks in 35 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Aminu didn't take many shots but was one of four Trail Blazers to reach double figures in scoring. Moreover, he helped Enes Kanter and Maurice Harkless fortify the painted area defensively, as the trio combined to post eight blocks. The Thunder may force Aminu and the rest of the role players to attempt more field goals going forward. Still, it's his versatility on defense that leads to the heavy minute totals and decent fantasy stock.
News: McCollum managed 24 points (9-24 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 37 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder.
Impact: McCollum wasn't efficient, as he finished with as many field goal attempts as points and as many turnovers as dimes. Still, he provided much-needed scoring during a contest in which only three Trail Blazers attempted more than six field goals (McCollum, Damian Lillard, and Enes Kanter). McCollum and company will look to maintain home-court advantage during Tuesday's Game 2.
News: Lillard provided 30 points (9-21 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 39 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Lillard was a bit sloppy (six turnovers) but helped his team earn the victory in the series opener behind a handful of treys, a bunch of free throws, and a few clean swipes defensively. Westbrook and Lillard have gone at each other on both ends all season long, and the two went toe to toe once again in this one.
News: Kanter amassed 20 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 18 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 34 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Kanter cooked his former team in the series opener, dominating Steven Adams on the interior. The Thunder will continue trying to exploit Kanter defensively, but since Jusuf Nurkic (lower leg) was lost for the season the Trail Blazers don't really have anyone else (besides Kanter) who can match the physicality that Adams brings.
News: Trent (illness) contributed 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block across 48 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Trent was one of three players to play all 48 minutes in the stirring comeback that locked in the No. 3 seed for Portland. The 20-year-old hadn't logged more than seven minutes in any contest this season, so Wednesday's full load was quite the leap. Despite his encouraging showing Wednesday, Trent doesn't appear to be candidate for the first-round playoff rotation.
News: Leonard delivered 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Leonard was one of several seldom-used Blazers reserves to emerge from mothballs and draw the start in the finale. The veteran big man did see more consistent run in the earlier portion of the season, and given that he's seen action in the postseason in four prior campaigns in his career, he's likely to be a part of the frontcourt rotation in the first-round series versus the Thunder.
News: Layman produced 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 48 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Layman returned to the starting lineup as a de facto co-elder statesman alongside Meyers Leonard on Wednesday, with the duo playing alongside the less experienced trio of Skal Labissiere, Gary Trent, Jr. and Anfernee Simons. Layman turned in an efficient shooting effort overall, leading to his third double-digit scoring effort of April. The 25-year-old finished the regular season with career highs in points (7.6), rebounds (3.1) and minutes (18.7) and will play an important complementary role in the playoffs.
News: Labissiere tallied 29 points (12-17 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 41 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Labissiere drew the start against his old squad and played with a hearty dose of motivation. Essentially a forgotten man all season, the 2016 first-round pick parlayed fresh legs into a new career-high rebound total and the second-best scoring tally of his three NBA seasons. Despite the spectacular showing Wednesday, the 23-year-old appears likely to be left out of Portland's first-round playoff rotation.
News: Simons totaled 37 points (13-21 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and one steal across 48 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Impact: Simons was one of three Blazers first-unit players to go the distance in the contest, and his pinpoint three-point accuracy helped lead a momentous comeback from 28 points down. The rookie only saw a double-digit minutes load once all season prior to playing the entire game against the Kings, but Wednesday's stirring performance certainly hints at better things to come in the future. Despite the spectacular numbers in the finale, it seems likely Simons will be left out of the first-round rotation.
News: Aminu will come off the bench for Wednesday's season finale against Sacramento, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Aminu will be replaced in the starting five by Skal Labissiere for Wednesday's season finale. The move appears to be primarily for rest purposes.
News: Harkless will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Harkless will likely see a reduced role Wednesday in an effort to grant the usual starter some rest before the playoffs commence. The 7th-year forward's averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.6 minutes this year.
News: Kanter will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against Sacramento, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Kanter will be replaced in the starting lineup by Meyers Leonard. The move's likely in order to grant the Turkish center some rest prior to the Blazer's first-round playoff series.
News: Labissiere will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Labissiere will get his first start of the season Wednesday. The big man's played sparingly this year, averaging just 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds across 6.5 minutes in 21 contests.
News: Leonard will get the start for the season finale Wednesday against Sacramento, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Leonard will start at center ahead of Enes Kanter on Wednesday. In 60 games this season, the veteran center's averaging 5.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 13.9 minutes.
News: Trent (illness) will start Wednesday's game against Sacramento, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Trent will return to the lineup and start Wednesday. The rookie guard's averaging 1.5 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.5 minutes per game this year.
News: Layman will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Layman will return to the starting lineup after a five game stretch on the bench. In 32 starts this year, Layman's averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes.
News: Simons will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Impact: Simons will start in place of Damian Lillard who's being rested Wednesday. In 19 games, the rookie guard's averaging 2.0 points and 0.4 rebounds in 4.9 minutes.
News: Lillard will be active but may be held out for rest purposes, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: Lillard's availability has technically been upgraded although it remains unclear if he'll actually play. Given the fact that the Blazers are comfortably within the playoffs, it seems unlikely that they'll risk Lillards health in the last, relatively meaningless game.
News: McCollum will not play Wednesday against the Kings due to rest, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: The Blazers will sit out both McCollum and Damian Lillard to keep the pairing fresh for the playoffs. Rodney Hood and Seth Curry should see extra run as a result.
News: Lillard will be out for rest during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Kings, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: The Blazers won't play either of Lillard or C.J. McCollum during the finale, hoping to keep both players fresh for the postseason. Seth Curry and Rodney Hood should see increased roles as a result.
News: McCollum totaled 13 points (5-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three assists, one rebound and one block across 29 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 104-101 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: McCollum saw a bump of four minutes over the 25 he logged against the Nuggets in his return from a 10-game absence Sunday. His shot, while still rusty, was improved over the 23.1 percent showing he'd generated versus Denver, and the fact he's almost back to his normal allotment of playing time is encouraging ahead of Portland's first-round playoff series. It remains to be seen whether coach Terry Stotts will afford McCollum some playing time in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Kings in order to continue building his endurance back up.
News: Curry poured in 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and added two rebounds, one assist and three steals across 27 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 104-101 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Curry's scoring total paced the second unit, an occurrence that's become more frequent over the latter portion of the season. The veteran sharpshooter has gotten increasingly more efficient as the campaign has unfolded, as he's averaged 12.0 points (on 48.2 percent shooting, including 43.9 percent from distance) and 2.1 rebounds across 23 minutes in 22 post-All-Star-break contests. Curry's minutes should remain in the high teens at minimum during the Blazers' first-round playoff series.