Portland Trail Blazers starting shooting guard CJ McCollum played three-on-three on Wednesday, a good sign he’s close to returning to the lineup.

McCollum suffered a popliteus strain in his left knee against the San Antonio Spurs in March. The scoring guard says he doesn’t feel like he has to play before the season ends.

The Blazers are in the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. They have a record of 49-28 on the season.

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In 68 games this season for the Blazers, CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. The 27-year-old is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Portland has five games left in the regular-season. McCollum is one of the best scorers in the NBA, so if he feels he doesn’t need a tune up game, you have to take his word for it.

The Blazers are motivated to atone for what happened in the 2018 playoffs. Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first-round.

For the team to go on a run in this postseason, they will need McCollum to play at his usual elite self to take pressure off of star point guard Damian Lillard on offense.