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Trail Blazers' Josh Hart: Strong production in return
Hart (ankle) finished with 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals across 33 minutes in Sunday's 116-100 win over the Pacers.
Though the return of Damian Lillard (calf) from a seven-game absence was the main storyline for the Trail Blazers, Hart's return from a two-game absence of his own was a welcome development. The third-year wing delivered a productive all-around showing while taking back his spot in the starting five, coming away with his second double-double of 2022-23 while tying his season-high mark in steals.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jerami Grant: Scores team-high 28 points
Grant produced 28 points (9-21 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes during Sunday's 116-100 victory over the Pacers.
Even though Damian Lillard (calf) returned from a seven-game absence and Anfernee Simons was coming off a career-high 45-point performance on night earlier, Grant was the Blazers' surprise scoring leader Sunday. Expect Lillard and Simons to do most of the heavy lifting for Portland moving forward, but Grant should continue to enjoy enough usage to remain a productive third option on offense. Grant is in the midst of the best scoring spree of his career, having averaged 32.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent shooting from distance over his last six outings.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons: Goes for 22 points in win
Simons amassed 22 points (8-14 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, six assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Sunday's 116-100 win over Indiana.
Simons couldn't repeat his career-best performance from Saturday against the Jazz, but he still posted a solid stat line even though his numbers were expected to decrease following the return of Damian Lillard to the starting lineup. Even when he has to co-exist with Lillard in the backcourt, and considering what that implies in terms of a decrease in touches, Simons should remain a focal point on offense for the Blazers.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Stages successful return
Lillard (calf) amassed 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 116-100 victory over the Pacers.
Back in action after a seven-game absence due to a right calf strain, Lillard didn't face any minutes restrictions and was able to deliver a solid stat line while marking off each of the main statistical categories. Aside from the Nov. 19 game against the Jazz in which he exited early due to injury, Lillard has now scored at least 20 points in all but one of his other 11 appearances on the season. He has yet to reach the efficiency levels of his peak seasons, however, as he's shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Trendon Watford: Shifting back to bench
Watford will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Pacers, Dustin Dopirak of the Indy Star reports.
With Josh Hart back from injury, Watford will head back to the bench after a two-game stint as a starter. In those two contests, the LSU product logged a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Lakers and nine-point, 14-rebound effort against the Jazz.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Justise Winslow: Headed back to bench
Winslow will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Pacers, Dustin Dopirak of the Indy Star reports.
Winslow started all but one game during Damian Lillard's absence, but with the star guard back Sunday, he'll move to a reserve role. Winslow tends to be hit-or-miss on a night-to-night basis, but over his six starts he posted 9.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Drew Eubanks: Will be available
Eubanks (hip) will be available Sunday against Indiana.
The big man was questionable coming in but will be available for coach Chauncey Billups after missing Saturday's win at Utah. Of late, Eubanks has been playing roughly 15 minutes per night off the bench. He's not fantasy-relevant in most formats, though he has racked up 1.5 blocks per game over his last eight contests.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Josh Hart: Good to go Sunday
Hart (ankle) will be available Sunday against Indiana.
Hart missed the last two games with an ankle injury, but he'll return to action after carrying a questionable tag into the day. The veteran has been a high-minute player for the Blazers all season. He's up to a career-high 35.7 minutes per game, which he's translated to 9.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Officially cleared to return
Lillard (calf) will return to action Sunday against the Pacers, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports.
This latest report from Haynes confirms what we've suspected for several days now after word came earlier in the week that Lillard was targeting Sunday night's contest. A calf injury cost Lillard the last seven games, running his tally up to 12 absences already on the year. Lillard is yet to play in more than five consecutive games, but with the calf injury behind him, the hope is that he can pick up where he left off. In Lillard's first nine full games this season -- he exited two games early due to injury -- he's averaged 28.2 points, 7.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 made threes per game (36.4% 3Pt).... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Josh Hart: Iffy for Sunday's contest
Hart (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
Hart has missed back-to-back games due to an ankle issue, but he'll have a chance to return Sunday, as he's listed as questionable for the first time since picking up the injury. However, if he remains sidelined, look for Justise Winslow, Trendon Watford and/or Shaedon Sharpe to garner increased roles.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Officially questionable Sunday
Lillard (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pacers, Sean Highkin of RoseGardenReport.com reports.
It was reported last week Lillard was targeting a return versus Indiana on Sunday, and it appears he's on track to do so. The 32-year-old has been sidelined by a right calf strain for the past seven games and may not have a full workload immediately upon his return. Lillard is averaging 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 35.2 minutes this season.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Drew Eubanks: Deemed questionable
Eubanks (hip) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
Eubanks is listed as questionable for a second straight game due to a hip injury. He was sidelined Saturday, so if he remains out, Trendon Watford, Justise Winslow and Greg Brown are all candidates for increased roles again.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Gary Payton: Remains out
Payton (abdomen) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
Payton is still looking to make his season debut following offseason core surgery, and while he remains sidelined Sunday, it appears he's close to returning to game action, as he's been listed as out for the past two contests due to return to competition conditioning. His next chance to suit up will come Thursday against Denver.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' John Butler: Out again
Butler (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
Butler will miss a second straight game due to an illness. His absence won't impact Portland's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Records another double-double
Nurkic produced 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block over 39 minutes during Saturday's 116-111 win over Utah.
Nurkic is not likely to operate as Portland's main scoring threat unless they are seriously depleted, but he continues to thrive even if he holds a secondary role on offense. The veteran big man has three double-doubles across his last four outings and is also on a run of eight double-digit scoring outings across his last 10 games. He's averaging 15.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.9 blocks per game in that span.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Jerami Grant: Reaches 30-point mark again
Grant amassed 33 points (10-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 11-14 FT) and five assists in 37 minutes during Saturday's 116-111 victory over the Jazz.
Grant was efficient from the floor and played a huge role in the win, as the forward has been stepping his game up even more with Damian Lillard (calf) sidelined. The former-Piston has scored at least 20 points in six games in a row and has cleared the 30-point hurdle three times in that stretch. He's averaging 25.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game across his last 10 outings.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons: Explodes for career-high 45
Simons ended Saturday's 116-111 win over the Jazz with a career-high 45 points (15-25 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 8-8 FT) to go with four assists, two rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes.
Simons did most of his damage in the first half, as he ripped up the Jazz for 33 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field through the first two quarters. His pace slowed thereafter, but he still was able to finish with a career high in the scoring column. Simons has embraced a primary role on offense while Damian Lillard (calf) has missed the past seven games, averaging 29.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.7 triples per contest during that stretch. Lillard could be ready to return to the lineup for the second half of the back-to-back set Sunday against the Pacers, so Simons could soon see his production start to trend down a bit.... See More ... See Less
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