The Lillard-less Trail Blazers lost to the Golden State Warriors 125-117 at Oracle Arena, but there was one thing that stood out to me more than the win. C.J. McCollum had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks by the half and had the Blazers on top. Even though the Trail Blazers lost the game, the way McCollum carried this team to a close game against one of the best teams in basketball made me think that he deserves his own team.
The shooting guard finished the game with 35 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists and proved that he doesn’t need Damian Lillard in the lineup to be successful. Lillard has been out with and injury and this isn’t the first game McCollum played extremely well as he dropped 43 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on new years day on their way to a 95-89 Blazers’ win.
Is Damian Lillard holding McCollum back?
A lot of people think that the reason McCollum averages 22.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on the season and then posts these numbers, is because super stat point guard Damian Lillard is holding him back. I definitely don’t think this is the care, as much as I think that McCollum is just extra determined to win games when the teams best player is out.
This thought solidifies the fact that C.J. McCollum should sign with a team that he can be “that guy” and play to his true potential every game. He has deserved this right because of his drive to win and his stat line when their best player is out of the lineup. When one superstar went down, McCollum proved that he’s been a hidden star all along and I would absolutely love to see him have his own team.