The Trail Blazers secured their fifth win of the season on Saturday thanks to a monstrous performance from CJ McCollum. The former Lehigh standout connected on six of his 11 three-pointers and notched 37 points in Portland’s decisive victory over the Sacramento Kings.
After the game, the Trail Blazers put together a video highlighting McCollum’s decimation of the Kings’ defense.
Last night, Blazer’s Edge Managing Editor Dave Deckard put McCollum’s performance into context.
CJ McCollum is scoring so effortlessly right now, his highlight reel resembles ballet. Close or deep, off one leg or two, with the ball or catch-and-shoot, everything’s in rhythm and LOUD. McCollum even drew five foul shots tonight, turning his production from eye-catching to totally unfair. He scored 37 on 13-22 shooting, 6-11 from deep, with 3 assists and 2 steals in 29 minutes. If the Blazers can get up big and keep their starting guards under 30 minutes per game like this, they’re going to look pretty good as the year wears on.
Through nine games of the 2020-21 season, McCollum is averaging a career-best 27.9 points per game. In regards to efficiency, he is connecting on 44.4 percent of his 11 three-point attempts per game.
McCollum and the Blazers return to action on Monday to host the Raptors.