Trail Blazers’ stretch run will go long way in determining commitment to current core

This year, even during the team’s early struggles, Portland never fell below .500. If they’re accelerating into the kind of stretch finish they’ve had the last two years, then, the Blazers are within range of reaching 50 wins for just the 14th time in franchise history. (Currently, they’re on pace for 47.) In their last 18 games, the Blazers have been Cheap China NFL Jerseys eighth in offensive efficiency (109.5) and 11th in defense (105.3).

Payton, 23, is averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 assists per game this the season. He is long, lean and athletic and will fit nicely alongside Devin Booker, who is more of a true scorer while Payton is a distributor with the ability to score.

Bridges has some offensive game. He’s just not on the same level as a creator when compared to recent early lottery wings like Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and Michael Porter Jr., but that’s part of why he’s projected to go in the late lottery rather than in the top five.

The Spurs announced that Aldridge sprained his right ankle, but the team has not provided an update and it’s not clear the severity of the injury or how long he might be sidelined.

“I think he’ll be fine. I’m hoping he’ll be fine,” teammate Rudy Gay said after the game (via ESPN). “We obviously need our big dog. He’s a soldier. He’ll play.”

Aldridge has been the Spurs’ top player in Kawhi Leonard’s absence with a lingering quad injury. Aldridge has been averaging 23 points and eight rebounds per game to help keep the Cheap Dodgers Jerseys San Antonio’s playoff hopes alive as it is sitting in fourth in the Western Conference standings.

The reality of the much-hyped NBA free agent class of 2018, which received ample attention over All-Star weekend, is that beyond the first handful of guys, things get dicey quickly.

There’s one guy not going anywhere — Warriors forward Kevin Durant — and three guys who are marginal candidates to leave their current teams (Chris Paul, LeBron James, Paul George). There’s a big guy who’s hurt (DeMarcus Cousins) and a big guy who’s offensively limited (DeAndre Jordan).

That pretty much does it for the big-money, unrestricted crop.

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