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Blazers’ CJ McCollum intrigued by play-in tournament to enter 2020 playoffs

CJ McCollum, Blazers

Per Jabari Young of CNBC, the NBA could decide to cancel the remainder of its regular season and create a play-in tournament for lower-seeded teams to enter the postseason, an idea Portland Trail Blazers star shooting guard CJ McCollum is intrigued by.

However, the Blazers guard says he would need to see how the tournament was structured before giving his full thoughts on the idea:

“It depends on how the tournament is structured,” CJ McCollum told Jabari Young of CNBC. “I can’t say I would be happy with it or that I think it’s the right thing. I’d have to see how it’s structured. I think logistically, the NBA is in a position to experiment with many potential solutions.”

McCollum and the Blazers were in ninth place in the Western Conference standings prior to play being suspended. The Blazers are 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West.

Portland made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season. It would be sad to watch the Blazers miss the playoffs this season altogether after the magical run they had in 2018-19.

For his part, McCollum is averaging 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists on the season for the Blazers. The 28-year-old is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

If the season resumes, the Blazers will need McCollum, Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony to carry the team to the playoffs depending on what format the NBA decides to use.

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