Portland did pretty well — going 3-2 — with Damian Lillard out after tweaking his hamstring, thanks in part to C.J. McCollum picking up the slack, throwing up 32 on the Bulls Monday night. Now Lillard is back, he will play Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Portland has been 4.6 points per 100 possessions better this season with Lillard on the floor this season, and he’s scoring 25.2 points and dishing out 6.4 assists per game.
Lillard’s return in this game has been overshadowed by the return of Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers rotation (he will come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction).