Apparently, the way some of the NBA’s current players, most famously Stephen Curry, use their mouthguards as toys does not go over well with the old guard.
Portland guard C.J. McCollum brought that to light on Sunday when he called out said old guard for their thoughts.
McCollum himself found out through this tweet, which he retweeted.
McCollum saw this and had some words for those who feel that way.
Of course, Curry is a central figure in this “controversy,” and he and the Warriors are also a lightning rod for criticism from some older NBA legends. Perhaps it’s all part of that.
H/T Bleacher Report
The Portland Trail Blazers were poised to even their series against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night until they blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. If you asked Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, he might tell you the officiating had a lot to do with it.
McCollum says Klay Thompson, who scored a game-high 27 points, has been difficult to defend because the Warriors are getting away with setting illegal screens.
“They set a lot of illegal screens,” McCollum said before the game, via Jason Quick of CSNNW.com. “They are moving and stuff. That’s the respect you get when you are champions, you get a lot more respect from the referees. You have to figure out a way to get around those screens and make it difficult.”
Thompson scored 37 points in Game 1 and shot 7-of-14 from 3-point range. He has stepped up in a big way in Stephen Curry’s absence, and McCollum acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of defending Thompson.
“Overall, I did a decent job,” he said. “I felt like all his shots were contested — they weren’t all well contested — but he was guarded on all of his shots. But I felt like he was too comfortable. He did whatever he wanted to do. I have to be there on the catch and make him do some different things.”
The bad news for McCollum is that those so-called illegal screens probably aren’t going to be called any more frequently heading forward. The Warriors — and plenty of other teams — have been getting away with them all season. The harder Portland works to fight through them, the more likely they are to get a call.
H/T Pro Basketball Talk
Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Portland Trail Blazers played Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers without one of their best players due to a clerical error.
CJ McCollum was ruled inactive for the game after the team accidentally left him off the active roster on the lineup card submitted before the game in favor of rookie Luis Montero.
The Blazers’ website explained the error:
Each team is responsible to list the 13 of their 15 players who will be active for the upcoming game roughly 45 minutes before the game is schedule to start. The list is usually delivered by a designated member of the basketball staff, which is hand delivered to each coach, who then signs off on the list for that particular game.
But somehow, McCollum was left off the active list in place of rookie Luis Montero. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts signed off on the roster after which it was delivered to the official scorer. Once the list is signed by both coaches, as was the case Wednesday night, the active list is set.
The Blazers realized their error and tried to correct it, even having a call with the league office. Unfortunately they realized the mistake too late and the change was unable to be made.
McCollum unbelievably didn’t even get the memo. He started off the game dressed in his uniform while Montero was in street clothes. They later went into the locker room and changed — McCollum into street clothes and Montero into his uniform.
Montero entered the game in the second quarter and played a few minutes. McCollum, who is averaging 21 points per game, did not get to play in the contest.
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