Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: CJ McCollum taking on leadership role

Jamie Hudson
NBC Sports Northwest

INDIANAPOLIS – The Trail Blazers are without Damian Lillard for the fourth straight game as Portland faces the Indiana Pacers on the road.

Before Portland and Indiana tip-off at 5:00p.m. PT tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts addressed the media.

With Lillard sidelined with a groin injury, the Blazers have relied heavily on CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony.

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Stotts discussed what he has liked most about how McCollum has embraced the starting point guard role.  

"He's doing more than just scoring. He's involving his teammates; he's running the offense, just taking a little bit more of leadership role. It's all the thing you'd expect from a great player," Coach Stotts said.




Damian Lillard (right groin strain), Rodney Hood (left ruptured Achilles tendon), Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), and Jusuf Nurkic (left leg fracture) are out for Thursday's game vs. Indiana.


Victor Oladipo (sore lower back) is available; Jeremy Lamb (left knee ACL tear) and Naz Mitrou-Long (Two-way) are out.


-- Thursday's meeting will round out the two-game series between the Trail Blazers and Pacers during the 2019-20 season. Portland leads

the season series, 1-0.

-- The Trail Blazers are 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Pacers, and are currently on a five game win-streak, having swept Indiana each of the past two seasons.

-- LAST MEETING: Portland took down Indiana at Moda Center on Jan. 26, 139-129. Damian Lillard led Portland with 50 points.

-- CJ McCollum scored 28 points (11-21 FG, 6-9 3-PT) and handed out five assists in Portland's Jan. 26 win over Indiana. McCollum has scored in double-figures in eight of his nine career games against Indiana, with the exception coming during his rookie season (2013-14) when he scored nine points in 12 minutes.

-- Hassan Whiteside had 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting (3-5 FT), to go with 14 rebounds and six blocks on Jan. 26. Whiteside has recorded a double-double in each of his last five games against the Pacers, totaling exactly 79 points and 79 rebounds over that five-game span.

-- Domantas Sabonis recorded his second career triple-double in his last game against Portland, finishing with 27 points (11-17 FG, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, a career-high 11 assists. 

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: CJ McCollum taking on leadership role originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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