Trail Blazers team notes for game vs Spurs

InsideHoops.com
January 7, 2018

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Trail Blazers team notes for game vs SpursOn Sunday, January 7, the San Antonio Spurs face the Trail Blazers in Portland at 9 p.m. ET, televised on NBA TV. Useful pregame notes are below:

Sunday’s game is the second of three regular season meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Spurs during the 2017-18 season.

LAST MEETING: CJ McCollum’s three-point attempt at the buzzer came up short and the Spurs defeated the Trail Blazers in Portland on Dec. 20, 93-91. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Spurs with 22 points and eight rebounds while Damian Lillard paced Portland with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Trail Blazers have won two of their last three games against San Antonio.

Damian Lillard has scored 20-plus points in four of his last six games against the Spurs, including a 36-point performance at San Antonio on March 15, 2017. Lillard is averaging 23.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists in those contests.

CJ McCollum had 13 points, fi ve rebounds and six assists against the Spurs on Dec. 20. McCollum has scored 20-plus points in three of his last fi ve games against San Antonio.

Jusuf Nurkic recorded 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 FT), six rebounds and one block against the Spurs on Dec. 20. Nurkic has scored in double fi gures in his last two games against the Spurs and in fi ve of his nine career matchups with San Antonio.

Pau Gasol recorded 20 points and 17 rebounds against Portland on Dec. 20. Gasol has had a double-double in four of his last seven games against the Trail Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 20-plus points in three of his eight games against Portland since signing with San Antonio.

In three games against the Trail Blazers last season, Kawhi Leonard averaged 28.3 points (61.7% FG, 62.5% 3-PT, 94.4% FT), 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Leonard has scored 30-plus points in two of his last three games against Portland.

Various Trail Blazers Team Notes

The Trail Blazers had seven players score in double fi gures for the second time this season in their 110-89 victory over Atlanta on Jan. 5. Portland recorded a season-high 30 assists in the win and had their secondhighest fi eld goal percentage of the season (43-of-80, 53.8%).

In the last three games, Evan Turner is averaging 15.7 points (63.6% FG, 66.7% 3-PT, 100% FT), 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Turner has made a three-pointer in each of the last fi ve games and is shooting 54.5% from deep (6-of-11) during that span.

CJ McCollum scored 20 points (8-13 FG, 4-6 3-PT) against Atlanta on Jan 5. It was the 22nd game of 20+ points for McCollum this season, tied for the 16th most in the NBA (35, Harden). McCollum scored 20-plus points in six consectutive games from Dec. 12 to Dec. 18, the second-longest streak of his career (10, 12/26/16 - 1/13/17).

Damian Lillard returned to the lineup in Cleveland on Jan. 2 after missing fi ve games with a right hamstring injury. In his return, Lillard scored 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (6-9 3-PT) and handed out six assists. Lillard is one of four NBA players who have made at least six three pointers while recording six assists in at least two games this season.

Portland began the new year with a 124-120 overtime win in Chicago, marking the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Trail Blazers beat the Bulls on the road. Al-Farouq Aminu (24 points) and Evan Turner (22 points) both had season high performances in what was Portland’s fi rst overtime victory of the season.

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a season-high 24 points while shooting fi ve-of-seven from the three point line at Chicago on Jan. 1. It was the fi fth time this season that Aminu has made fi ve three pointers in a game, a feat he had accomplished just twice before this season. Aminu is shooting 40.8% from the three point line for the season which is 30th in the NBA.

Shabazz Napier scored a season-high 23 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3-PT, 7-9 FT) against the 76ers on Dec. 28. Napier scored 20-plus points in three straight games from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30 and averaged 17.0 points (47.3 FG%, 38.7% 3-PT), 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists over seven games (four starts) from Dec. 18 to Jan. 1. He has scored 299 points this season, the most in his career (261, 2014-15).