Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
But while fans may want change now, the future be damned, Lillard last week had an interesting viewpoint during two discussions with The Athletic: Because it is so hard to attract talent to Portland, maybe the best tactic is to stay the course and attack the super powers with something they don’t have: continuity. “When you look around the league, you just see the talent. Teams are stacking up on talent,” Lillard said. “You see a lot of guys teaming up and guys wanting to be on the same team. When you want to compete with that — like on a championship level — you gotta try to fight that with firepower. For us, I think our chemistry, our style of play, and the coaching we have — that’s a big thing for us. So like, we lean on that. We’ve been successful with it. But when you talk about a championship level, it’s tough to compete with those ultra-talented teams — Golden State, Oklahoma City, teams that just have player after player after player.
The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled guard Wade Baldwin IV from the Texas Legends of the NBA G League and assigned guard Anfernee Simons to the Agua Caliente Clippers and guard Gary Trent Jr. to the Texas Legends.
Dan Favale: James Harden now leads all active NBA players in career 40-point games (via @Basketball-Reference): 1. Harden (65) 2. LeBron (64) 3. Kevin Durant (55) 4. Russell Westbrook (39) 5. Steph Curry/Melo (36) 7. Dwyane Wade (34) 8. Vince Carter (32) 9. Anthony Davis (30) 10. Damian Lillard (21) pic.twitter.com/5nPLxunMrh
Tania Ganguli: Some fun facts about Kuzma’s big first quarter from the Lakers. He’s the first Laker with 20 in the first since Kobe in 2011. Only six players have had multiple 20-point quarters this season: Steph Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Paul George, Kemba Walker and Kyle Kuzma
Kerry Eggers: Pels coach Alvin Gentry on Blazers ranking 25th in assists: “‘Part of it is Dame and CJ are capable of getting their own shot against anyone. Those two guys have done it since they walked into the league. They’ve been able to create their own shot in all kind of situations.”