Blazers’ CJ McCollum Speaks Up About Comparisons of Him and Damian Lillard With the Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

Published 01/29/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) as he shoots in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Comparisons are a part and parcel of the NBA, whether one likes it on it. Either the players are compared on an individual level, and it takes an even more interesting turn when it is a duo. Such is the case with the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers star duos. Some believe that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson overshadow Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. However, McCollum doesn’t agree.

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Splash Brothers vs Rain Brothers

While Steph and Thompson already got the name Splash Brothers back in 2012, six years ago Lillard and CJ got the name Rain Brothers. Although it didn’t become as popular as the former duo’s nickname. In an interview with CJ, he opened up about whether they were under looked compared to those two.

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“I think it’s tough to compare apples to oranges,” he stated. “I think they’re very good. They’ve won championships, they’ve done well, they’ve been All-Stars. One of them has been MVP, one of them is probably the best shooter to ever touch the basketball.”

He further explained why Dame and he also deserve the same recognition. “I think from a comparison say, people, get caught up in the championships which is important. We haven’t won a championship, but from a consistency standpoint, I think we have consistently played well and performed well, played well in the playoffs, made big shots. We just haven’t been able to put it together to win a championship.”

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors vs Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors aren’t that far off from each other in the Western Conference. However, the difference is that Klay is missing from the Warriors lineup. Considering that, Golden State isn’t in that bad of a state as fans had expected.

In fact, when the Warriors and Blazers met in the first week of January, Golden State crushed them with a 137-122 victory. Although they are scheduled to face each other again in March, that’s still quite some time down the road. If Klay was healthy and playing, who would you pick as the better duo?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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