Wesley Mathews has played well at the two guard spot for Portland this season, but the team leans on second-year player C.J. McCollum to get him some rest each game plus knock down some threes. Well, they did anyway.
McCollum will be out at least a month after a fracture to his right index finger suffered in the Trail Blazers win over the Pelicans Monday, the team has announced. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter: McCollum grabbed an offensive rebound and when he went back up was fouled on the hand by New Orleans’ Eric Gordon (you can see the play above).
McCollum will be re-evaluated in a month, but could be out a little longer.
McCollum has played just more than 13 minutes a game for Portland this season, averaging 5 points a game but knocking down 46 percent of his threes. He missed most of last season due to a foot injury.
With him out expect to see a little more Will Barton, and the Blazers could slide Nicolas Batum to the two and play Dorell Wright at the three. Terry Stotts has some options.