The Trail Blazers might be getting healthier just in time for the playoffs.
CJ McCollum was upgraded to probable for Portland’s matchup with the Nuggets, the team announced Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Blazers announce CJ McCollum is probable for Sunday’s game against Denver. He hasn’t played since straining left knee March 16.
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) April 6, 2019
McCollum has been out since March 16 with a strained left knee.
He was initially scared the injury was more severe than that, but was fortunate to find out it wasn’t more serious.
McCollum is the team’s second-leading scorer at 21.3 points per game.
Portland has been without two of its three leading scorers for the last two weeks as Jusuf Nurkic suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula on March 26 and is out for the season.
The Trail Blazers are 4-2 since losing Nurkic and 8-2 since losing McCollum, but despite that, getting the guard back is huge for their postseason run which starts April 13.
Portland currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The team will likely match up with either the Jazz or the Clippers in the playoffs.
Both of those teams feature great defenses and the Trail Blazers will need all the scoring they can get. McCollum gives them just that.