After scoring four points in about 14 minutes of play on Wednesday, CJ McCollum followed up his NBA debut by scoring 10 points in the same number of minutes Saturday Night in a Blazers 112-104 victory over the Boston Celtics in Portland. CJ went 4-6 from the floor, 2-3 from three-point range, with a rebound, an assist, and two fouls in 14 minutes. CJ’s first two baskets, as you can see in the video, were three-pointers, his first two three’s of his young NBA career.
Having played 14 minutes in both of his NBA Games, the question that arises is how will CJ be used in the Blazers’ system. Before he was activated, there were reports that CJ wouldn’t even join the rotation once he was activated. As the Bleacher Report’s Jay Wierenga writes, current starting shooting guard Wesley Matthews is the best defensive guard Portland has to offer and has been having a career year this season and Mo Williams is clearly the first guard off the bench. CJ will have to continue scoring well as he on Saturday as well starting to rack up the assists. While at Lehigh, CJ was able to create plays for both himself and his teammates. He did this extremely well while he was down with the Idaho Stampede. If he can start creating plays for Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and crew, his minutes will surely increase. The one issue with that thought, is that Portland has a great offense already. As Wierenga points out, the Blazers’ are looking for CJ to be their savior, just a new weapon to an already great team. When he does come in, he’ll just have to make the most of it, which we know CJ has and will continue to do.
The Blazers return to action on Wednesday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs will be playing their second game in two nights as they’ll be in LA to play the Lakers tomorrow night. If CJ sees time in this one, he could possibly be guard the #4 pick from the 2012 Draft and Philadelphia native, Dion Waiters, the former Syracuse standout. Waiters is average 15 points and 3.5 assists in the six games since the start of the year.
LET’S GO CJ!