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Game Thread: Pelicans will account for CJ McCollum’s return to action for Trail Blazers

Although Portland’s shooting guard will be on a minutes restriction, don’t discount his potential impact

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CJ McCollum will return to the starting lineup for the Portland Trail Blazers in their matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night, but the shooting guard is expected to be on a minutes restriction.

However, the Pelicans aim to not sleep on the potential impact McCollum could have on tonight’s contest.

“You prepare for him to prepare what he’s always brought to the game,” Van Gundy said to pregame media. “This guy is a big-time scorer, both on and off the ball. Shoots the ball with great range. He and Lillard both shooting over 11 threes a game this year. Yeah, this is a high, high, high-powered backcourt, maybe the best in the league — probably the best in the league.”

One other solid item of note from this media session was Van Gundy accoladed assistant coach Casey Hill for playing a role in the Pelicans registering a season-high 38 assists in Sunday’s win over the Clippers.

“Yeah, it was the best we’ve done all year of moving without the ball,” Van Gundy said. “Casey Hill had taken them through film the day of the game, pointing out some things where cuts could be open. Our guys did a fantastic job in that game.”

For more on today’s matchup, please give David’s preview a read, and be sure to check out my article regarding how much trade interest New Orleans should have in Aaron Gordon.

Geaux Pels!

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (17-22) at Portland Trail Blazers (22-16)

When: March 16, 9:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: FSNOLA, TNT

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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