“I’m a Killer” – Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum Sends Out a Strong Message to Rivals

Published 01/12/2021, 8:17 AM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum (3) attempts to shoot as Houston Rockets power forward P.J. Tucker (17) defends during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


CJ McCollum has had a fantastic start to the season. The Trail Blazers guard has been a pivotal part of their run this season, as Portland has gone 6-4 this season. As of now, the Trail Blazers are on a three-game winning streak, after their latest win over the Toronto Raptors. McCollum, much like his teammate Damian Lillard, has shown an ability to make big shots in his career.

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CJ McCollum is a ‘shark’

CJ McCollum spoke to the press after the Trail Blazers’ marginal win over the Raptors. McCollum sent a message to all the rivals who underestimate him and said, “I’m a killer. Figure out ways to eat. That’s what best describes me. Sharks just go hunt. Don’t worry about things. Never worry about how they get the next meal. Don’t worry about anything, that’s how I live my life.”

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McCollum has been on fire this season. During games where Damian Lillard has struggled, McCollum has come up with big shots. The game against the Houston Rockets was the prime example of this, where McCollum made a shot to ice the game after James Harden had seemingly given the Rockets the win with his shot earlier.

McCollum has been having a great season in terms of his numbers. He has averaged 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. In addition to this, he is scoring 45% from the three-point line, and 47% of his attempted field goals. McCollum is not only scoring high numbers but is also proving to be extremely efficient.

McCollum and Lillard – Portland’s dynamic duo

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CJ has proven to be the ideal backcourt partner for Damian Lillard. The two complement each other’s styles perfectly and play together very well. They could be considered one of the best back-courts in the NBA right now.

Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) is fouled while shooting by Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum (3) during the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

McCollum and Lillard have been two of the best players to play for the Trail Blazers in recent memory. In addition to the two dynamic backcourt players, they have solid veteran experience in Carmelo Anthony and big men like Jusuf Nurkic who can stretch the floor.

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Can McCollum and Lillard help lead the Blazers to the NBA Finals? On their day, the team can beat anyone, as they showed by upsetting the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the season. But their consistency needs to improve as they look to secure a high seed in the playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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