Errick McCollum, older brother of Portland guard C.J. McCollum, is a sleeper in China. He gets buckets.
At last second, Stotts decides to insert Wright and McCollum along with Freeland. We have an all bench unit right now (w/ Blake, Kaman).
For instance, I've seen comparisons to C.J. McCollum's. McCollum's happened on a specific play. Durant's happened over time.
Doc Rivers on CJ McCollum: "He's going to be a good player in the league for a long time."
"He's going to be a good player in the league for a longtime." -- Doc Rivers on CJ McCollum.
FINAL: Blazers 119, Clippers 14. CJ McCollum finishes with 19 points and 6 assists in the start for Damian Lillard.
That drive and dish to Thomas Robinson was the best pass I've ever seen C.J. McCollum make.
CJ McCollum having a game tonight. 16 points, 4 assists, 6/9 shooting.
Barton gets a rest. Dorell Wright coming in with McCollum-Batum-LA and RoLo.
CJ McCollum's night so far. He's looked pretty smooth tonight. http://t.co/eL4u6LaDzB
Mark Mason working hard to sell his "three J" call for McCollum.
End of 1: Blazers 29, Clippers 20. Wesley Matthews has 11 points to lead Portland, CJ McCollum with 5 points in the start.
McCollum exits with five points and a steal. No assists, but also no turnovers.
Will Barton, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake in the game now. McCollum, RoLo and Wes head to the bench.
CJ McCollum off to a good start with 5 of Portland's first 8 points.
McCollum guarding Redick, Batum on Paul to start, which makes sense.
So, yes, CJ McCollum gets to go against Chris Paul, one of the best defensive PGs in the league.
Looks like CJ McCollum will start at PG. Makes sense in that it lets Steve Blake get time with second unit guys with whom will be be playing
Scoreboard that did have Steve Blake listed as a starter has changed to put CJ McCollum in the starting line-up.
Stotts, by the way, said he wouldn't necessarily start Steve Blake if Lillard can't go. Teased McCollum or Barton as possible.
Stotts said when Blake was out, he told McCollum, Barton, Batum: "We have 3 playmakers, not 3 point guards."
On the next play Coach Snyder brings Booker in for Gobert so they switch every pick and Booker ends up defending McCollum.
McCollum takes a contested pull-up 3 that falls short. Looks like Utah will win this one.
Trevor Booker was all over C.J. McCollum, forcing the Blazers guard to huck up a clanker from 3-point range. Jazz ball. 3.5 seconds left.
I'm sure Portland would hope CJ McCollum can continue getting to the line in the regular season like he is in the preseason.
I like McCollum's ability to wiggle into the lane and draw contact. He's created 4 FT chances tonight with nifty handles ... and made all 4.
Exum draws another foul on McCollum
Exum is so explosive off the dribble. Just blew right by CJ McCollum, got to the line and drew a foul. It was like he wasn't there
Stotts goes to bench for 1st time midway through 1st, inserting Barton, McCollum and Kaman alongside LA and Batum.
Blake exits, leaving McCollum/Barton combo to run PG
This time, Stotts goes with Blake, Barton, McCollum, Wright and Kaman as first subs.
CJ McCollum really does look like he has an extra gear this year.
CJ McCollum swishes his 1st shot attempt, a 3 near top of key. He and Barton will have a fun-to-watch preseason battle for rotation spot.