SAN ANTONIO – The Trail Blazers needed every bit of CJ McCollum’s 32 points on Saturday night along with some key stops down the stretch to defeat the Spurs.
Even though McCollum struggled in the final period, his scoring early helped boost the Blazers.
It also helped boost McCollum overall.
However, don’t think for a second that he didn’t feel confident that he would turn things around offensively.
“I knew I’m going to make shots eventually,” McCollum said. “I ain’t going to go 80 games and shoot 33 percent from three. That’s impossible based on how I work and the shots I get, and the type of player I am. It was just a matter of time – watch the film, breaking it down, get to my spots… I had some good looks that I didn’t make, I should’ve made about eight or nine of those threes, but you can’t make every one.”
In Saturday’s win, McCollum went 13-of-25 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range. Through the first three quarters McCollum shot 66.7 percent from the floor.
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Blazer head coach Terry Stotts mentioned postgame how McCollum didn’t shoot well down the stretch, but added, “CJ had a terrific offensive night for the first three quarters… CJ probably got a little fatigued, but he had it going.”
On the season, McCollum is now shooting 40.7 percent overall and 31.3 percent from long distance.
It has been hard for Trail Blazer fans to not think about his 21.1% shooting night against the Nets or his 16.7% shooting night from three against the Clippers.
For McCollum though, he got back to the basics, and now his jumpers are falling.
“Just getting to my spots and raising up is the biggest thing. I’ve been getting the same shots all season, they’re just starting to go in,” McCollum said.
Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little enjoyed watching the McCollum show on Saturday. Little also noted that he is one of the biggest cheerleaders on the team.
Well, he didn’t use that word.
“If you look closely, I’m a gasser,” Little said. “So, I’m gassing him up all game, telling him to keep killing, keep going… It was really fun to watch.”
McCollum and the Blazers will look to keep the momentum going when they visit Houston on Monday.
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