The Portland Trail Blazers continued their road trip last night in San Antonio as these teams faced off on ESPN. The Spurs went wire-to-wire in this one winning 103-90. The win is San Antonio’s eight-straight while the loss is Portland’s fourth-straight. The Blazers now sit a game and a half over the Warriors for the Five Seed in the Western Conference and five and a half behind OKC in the Northwest Division. Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter both posted double-doubles for San Antonio (10/11 and 12/10, respectively) while Patty Mills came off the bench to lead all Spurs in scoring with 15 points; six players scored in double figures for San Antonio.
Damian Lillard led all players with 23 points, including 10 points in the third quarter, in a game in which the Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge left early in the third quarter with a bruised back; his X-Rays came back negative but the team website reports that he will miss at least two games. Mo Williams sat out of this game after leaving Tuesday night’s game with a strained right hip; the Blazers stated today that he will miss two weeks. CJ McCollum was the first guard off the bench because of Williams’ injury; his stats: 12:36 Min, 4 Pts (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 1 Reb, 1 TO, 1 PF, -11. CJ’s two free throws came in the first half while his one made shot was a DUNK (couldn’t find a video to embed below) which resulted in a Lehigh reference afterwards. BOOM!
CJ McCollum’s Season Averages:
28 Games, 14:09 Min, 5.9 Pts (41.9 FG%, 37.9 3Pt%, 72.7 FT%), 1.4 Reb, 0.8 Ast, 0.4 Stl, 1.0 TO, 1.6 PF
The Blazers wrap up their road trip tomorrow night in New Orleans to take on the Pelicans. Seeing as Mo Williams will be out, CJ will most likely be the first guard off the bench; he will most likely be guarding Eric Gordon or Anthony Morrow. Gordon averages 15.6 points in about 32 minutes while Morrow average 7.0 points in 16:35 minutes. You know who is the back up point guard for the Pelicans? Austin Rivers. Remember the last time they were on the same floor? Here’s a reminder: