Can Trail Blazers Stay Afloat Without CJ McCollum?


The Portland Trail Blazers have made it to the Western Conference playoffs in each of the last seven seasons, while CJ McCollum has been with the team during that same span. To begin the new 2020-21 season, Portland has fallen to an 8-6 record, but have been recently hit with the injury bug.

It was reported overnight that McCollum is expected to miss the next four weeks with a small fracture in his left foot. The injury was unclear at first, but additional testing revealed the severity of the injury for the 29-year old. He is expected to remain in a walking boot until he is re-evaluated.

This season, McCollum is averaging a career-high 26.7 points and 5.0 assists in 13 games. His player efficiency rating of 26.18 was a team-high; 0.31 higher than Damian Lillard.

Four weeks from Tuesday, the Trail Blazers will have completed 15 games; 18.3% of the regular season. During that stretch, the team will see games against elite opponents such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Mavericks. With two losses in their last three games, is this a team that can stay afloat without one of their top scorers?

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