WHAT: Finally, we’re back! It’s post-All-Star break and we’re here, ready for some meaningful games; ready for the playoff push. And it starts with the Trail Blazers - they’re...good.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, NBCSNW; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
Lillard is having himself another impeccable season. The dude came into the league scoring and just has not stopped since, averaging a career 23.5 points per game with that number being all the way up at 26.3 this season. He’s probably the second best guard in the league at sprinting down into the post and getting to the rim while putting immense pressure on the defense. (Russell Westbrook is the best at this, for the record.) Dame takes 6.7 free throws per game which is down from his career-high 7.4 last year but is still an impressive number.
Dame’s running mate, CJ McCollum, is a lanky shooting guard who plays and looks bigger than his 6’3 listing might lead you to expect. He’s putting up 21 points per game on 45/36/83 shooting. He’s dangerous, and is a pretty great example of what talent and good player development can mean to an organization. C.J. was something of a non-factor his first two years in the league and blossomed into an indispensable part of this team. Sounds familiar.
This game will feature two of the contestants from the Three Point Competition, one obviously being Joe Harris and the other being Seth Curry. Joe, shooting 47% from three and 100% in our hearts, will look to continue his streak of basically never missing. Love that. Seth on the other hand did not win the Three Point Competition but he is, however, pretty good! I’ve long been a Seth Curry supporter and in 2016-17, his last healthy season, he shot 42 percent from three and scored 12.8 points per game and was generally a positive offensive impact player for the Mavericks. Overlooked, but solid. The Blazers made a smart bet and picked him up this season, and he’s rewarded them with 46percent shooting from downtown. Can’t go wrong with a Curry.
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Trail Blazers East. The Nets roster is loaded with recent Trail Blazers. Allen Crabbe is in his second season with the team and his performance is on par with what Blazer fans came to expect (for better or worse): 10.2 points per game on 40.5 percent 3-point shooting. His overall field goal percentage, however, is at 36.8 percent—the lowest since his rookie season. Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier joined Brooklyn this past offseason and have been solid contributors off the bench. With 8.6 rebounds and 5.9 points in 18.3 minutes per game, Davis is producing at a higher rate than he did in Portland. Napier is adding 9.8 points in 18.1 minutes off the bench, but is shooting below 40 percent from the field.