Western Notes: Collins, Davis, Lillard, West

Zach Collins hasn’t given up on playing this season, Casey Holdahl of the team’s website tweets “For sure, it’s very realistic,” Collins told Holdahl. However, the Trail Blazers big man faces a long rehab after undergoing shoulder surgery last week. He’s expected to miss at least four months, which leaves only about a month before the end of the regular season in a best-case scenario.

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • Anthony Davis is playing through right shoulder pain, an injury he suffered on a missed dunk attempt two weeks ago, Dave McMenamin of ESPN relays. “There’s really never a play I don’t feel it,” Davis said. He hasn’t missed any games due to the injury and that will continue as long as he doesn’t aggravate it, according to Mark Medina of USA Today. “If he can be out there, he’s going to be out there,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s going to play through pain. We just got to make sure that it’s being done intelligently.”
  • Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is content to stay the course with the Trail Blazers rather than joining forces with superstars in other organizations, as he explained to Medina in a separate story. Lillard signed a four-year, $196MM extension during the summer. “I just feel like there’s always a reward at the end. When you do things the right way and you do the work, you’re going to get the results,” Lillard said. “I really believe that. We’ve gotten the results. Even after failures, we come back and answer to it. We’re staying the course. That’s worth it to me.”
  • Clippers adviser Jerry West rubber-stamped the Paul George blockbuster with the Thunder and explained why to Sam Amick of The Athletic. The Clippers gave up five first-rounders, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari. “Everybody talks about all the draft picks we gave away. Well, we did give a lot of draft picks away. But two of them were not ours – period, OK?” West said. Giving up the young point guard was the hard part but worth it in West’s mind. “I think Shai is going to be an All-Star player in this league for a long time, and he’ll keep getting better. But we have two finished products right in the prime of their careers (in Kawhi Leonard and George) – or just getting in the prime of their careers,” he said.
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6 thoughts on “Western Notes: Collins, Davis, Lillard, West

  1. Thunder have played well for far.
    CP3 has looked nice, 16/4/5 on 46% FG and 44% 3P%.
    Gallo has been solid, 18.5/5/2 on 44% FG and 3P% and even Denis Schroder has been good 15/5/5.
    They got 5 picks from the Lakers plus SGA and Gallo. These 3 above could possibly be traded for future first which would give them 8 future first plus SGA.

    If they could trade away Gallo, Adams and Schroder and bring back expiring deals they should try make a move for Brandon Ingram. He’s been playing really solid to start the year and I think a future of SGA Ingram and heaps of picks would be a good start.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      OKC will not get any draft pick(s) by trading Chris Paul.

      If anything it will cost them multiple picks to unload his contract.

  2. Jeff Zanghi

    If Davis were really hurt he wouldn’t be “playing through it” in the first 2 weeks of the season. This is just him wanting people to know that he’s “tough” but otherwise can’t possibly be all that serious of an injury or they wouldn’t be risking it 2 weeks in. Also… he hurt himself missing a dunk!? If that were the case – I’m not sure I’d admit to it! hahaha

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