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November 7th, 2018
Dear Scoop Journal,
The Trail Blazers are off to their best start through their first 10 games since the 2014-15 season and with that there is so much to talk about. Also, there’s a lot that I want to remember about this past week now that Portland holds an 8-3 record, so I'm ready to jot down my latest Trail Blazers thoughts and notes.
*Portland’s depth has been one of the biggest storylines of the season so far with the additions of Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry, but the improvement of Zach Collins and with Evan Turner running point forward this Blazers’ second unit has proved it's no joke.
*Collins has made a big leap in his sophomore season in stats thus far -- from a bettter field goal percentage to more points and more blocks.
(NOTE TO SELF COME BACK TO THIS LATER IN THE SEASON) --->Here’s a quick comparison of Collins’ stat line:
Through 11 games Collins is averaging:
10.6 ppg, shooting 57.7% from the field, and shooting 83.3% from the free throw line.
5.3 ppg, shot 43.3% from the floor, and shot 72.2% from the charity stripe.
*Collins has also upped his average on blocks from .5 to 1.5 blocks and Blazer fans at Moda Center are loving what they've seen out of the Blazer backup.
*Having a day to think about the Blazers win over the Bucks, I’m still feeling bad for Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo after CJ McCollum crossed him over like he did. Seriously, that poor dude.
👀 Bless 'em, CJ. Then break 'em. 👀 pic.twitter.com/dY0YCRrrlb— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) November 7, 2018
*I’m pretty stoked about The Scoop Podcast with this week’s guest Al-Farouq Aminu. It’s dropping on Friday. We talked about how having a daughter has changed his life and his family’s legacy of Nigerian Kings.
*Who knew that Aminu’s family had a street named after them in Nigeria?