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Praising the Trail Blazers’ Three-Guard Lineup

Michael Pina of Vice Sports likes it when Portland goes small.

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Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Seth Curry are all potent players, but no more so than when they play together. That’s the argument from Michael Pina of Vice Sports who waxes poetic about the beauty of Portland’s small-ball lineup.

Terry Stotts’s offense is never more gorgeous than when Dame Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Seth Curry share the floor. Even though C.J. is having a down year behind the arc, all are severely feared deep threats that can shoot on the move and hold an entire defense’s attention off the ball. The way they move in Stotts’s system, when everything is timed just right, can be basketball ballet.

Pina offers video to bolster his assessment, also noting that the Blazers outscore opponent by 18 points per 100 possessions when the three-guard lineup is on the floor.

Do you want to see more of the Lillard-McCollum-Curry lineup, or would defensive issues dissuade you?