Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
Allen Crabbe says Sunday’s practice was not unusual when it comes to the group being lost in laughter. There have been film sessions and other practices where mishaps stop the action so everybody can laugh. “Man, I laugh every day with this team,’’ Ed Davis said. “Every day. Over something … something in practice, something on the plane, it doesn’t matter. There’s always something.’’ The great thing about it, players say, is the coaches are often a part of it. “Our coaches feel like they are part of the team,’’ Plumlee said. “Laughing is good for the soul.’’
CJ McCollum on Klay Thompson: The first thing about Klay is that he moves really well off the ball. He doesn’t dribble a lot, but he moves efficiently and puts himself in great positions to catch-and-shoot. I’d rank Klay and J.J. Reddick as the top two scorers in the NBA without dribbling. Both guys have mastered off-ball movement and the ability to find open areas while using screens and relocating off the bounce.
CJ McCollum on Russell Westbrook: Now let’s talk about a guy who’s a mirror opposite of Klay. Russ is a primary ball handler who scores most of his points off the bounce. He’s a physical specimen — a freak in terms of athleticism. But he’s also got the most aggressive mentality in the league. He’s a dog. He’s always in attack mode. Defending Klay is kind of like running uphill. Defending Russ is like standing still at the bottom of a hill while Russ is barrelling down the hill at 90 miles-an-hour.
CJ McCollum on DeMar DeRozan: The midrange monster. One thing you’ll notice about DeMar is that he’s got a slight lean when he shoots his jumper. When you grow up in a place like Compton, you play a lot of “33” and “21,” where it’s one-on-one-on-everybody-at-the-park. At least that’s what I played growing up in Canton, Ohio. So you have to develop ways to get your shot off over double and triple teams.
Lillard, for his part, isn’t being shy about his pursuit of the MVP award. “I want to win MVP,” Lillard told reporters in Portland on Sunday. “If we come out and do the things we’re capable of doing and we win games, then that means my performance will be at a level of MVP.”
“I think (Kevin Durant) is kinda like Gary Johnson, a third-party guy who might come in and take a few votes from Steph (Curry), takes some votes from LeBron (James),” Kerr said. “Then, Damian Lillard wins the election. That’s my forecast.”