One good thing that came out of the Trail Blazers’ two-point loss at Minnesota Sunday night was the shooting of Gary Trent.
Trent went 6-14 from the field and 4-8 from three-point range in that game, on the way to 21 points.
And perhaps it put an end to a nine-game stretch when he struggled with his shot.
Trent, who was inserted into the starting lineup in late January, when CJ McCollum suffered a fracture in his left foot, had played well in that starting role. He can be a very explosive shooter, especially from long range.
But beginning with a Feb. 20 game against Washington, Trent went nine contests where he never once reached 20 points.
During those games he shot 36.5 percent from the field and just 29.1 percent from three-point range. And shooting is his thing … his skill. The other stats, not to so much.
During that nine-game span, he averaged just 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists while averaging 34.5 minutes per game.
McCollum is expected to return to the lineup soon, when Trent will presumably return to his role as a scorer off Portland’s bench.
In either role, his job will be to provide long-range shooting for a team that needs it.
When the Trail Blazers return to the court Tuesday night in Moda Center to meet New Orleans, it will be interesting to see if Trent can put together another solid performance.
His team needs it.