Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

LeBron James loved CJ McCollum’s block in the Blazers’ Game 7 win

LeBron James loved CJ McCollum’s block in the Blazers’ Game 7 win

It's also the first time any set of brothers have ever met in an National Basketball Association conference final, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He's the type of player that Golden State does not have off the bench and if Lillard or McCollum gets in foul trouble, becomes an incredibly important player in this series.

For some, the abruptness of it all led to a sleepless night.

The Sunday slate of NBA Playoff action saw the Portland Trail Blazers stage a tremendous second-half comeback to eliminate the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. "We have to use that as fuel".

After a brief evaluation by team trainers, during which most of the Blazers huddled around Hood, teammates and trainers helped him up and into the locker room.

"Day-by-day, " Hood said Sunday after the game. Paul Millsap is the third double-digit scorer and Gary Harris is grabbing four rebounds.

Damian Lillard comes up with a huge steal in the backcourt and caps it off with a clutch 3-pointer to extend the Blazers lead. You know what I'm saying?

"Honestly, I got enough motivation".

Eventually, though, the Nugs bested the Spurs, and since Nikola Jokic and company played the Trail Blazers well during the regular campaign (they won the season series 3-1), there was plenty of reason for optimism - especially after Denver took game five in a blowout.

"When we started this season and training camp, we said let's make the playoffs and then we were playing really good and we were not in the last spot the last couple of weeks and we said let's do something bigger", he said.

"They look at me as a leader", he said. The trio scored a combined 87 points (Lillard-32, McCollum-30, Hood-25).

"We had a great opportunity, even in the game in Portland we were there the whole game". Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.8 points and 13 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 21.6 points and 4.7 assists. Damian Lillard didn't score his first bucket until the six minute mark in the second quarter but has gotten himself going by getting to the free throw line.

That had some on Twitter defending analytics, by claiming that advanced metrics don't indicate that midrange jumpers should never be taken, just that those shots are usually the least advantageous to offenses.

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