Lewis Johnson of TNT Broadcasting reported during tonight's Portland Trail Blazers-Memphis Grizzlies game that Trail Blazers shooting guard Arron Afflalo was vowing to play in Game 3 of the series on Saturday Night. Afflalo has been sidelined with a shoulder strain and did not dress for either of Portland's first two games in Memphis, both of which the Blazers lost.
Mike Richman of the Oregonian confirms:
Arron Afflalo says he'll play "Saturday for sure" said he's getting more comfortable but just wasn't ready for high intensity contact— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) April 22, 2015
CJ McCollum started at shooting guard in Afflalo's absence in Game 1, scoring 2 points in 37 minutes. Allen Crabbe started in Game 2 tonight, putting up 3 points in 23 minutes.
Afflalo averaged 11 points in 30 minutes per game for the Blazers this season.