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How to handle Damian Lillard’s injury against the Cavaliers

Blazers point guard says he’s a game-time call for Saturday vs. Cleveland. We break down the fantasy basketball implications.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard dribbles in front of San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White in the second half at the AT&T Center. Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Per The Athletic’s Jason Quick, Lillard’s back tightened up Friday after he originally said he would play Saturday vs. the Cavaliers, Now the Trail Blazers point guard is claiming he’s a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup. Lillard has missed the past two games because of a back injury, which has opened things up in the rotation. With Hassan Whiteside (hip) expected to be out, the Blazers may be very shorthanded tonight.

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So if Dame is out, I like C.J. McCollum ($8,700) a lot on DraftKings. He’d be a viable cash and tournament play in my eyes against the Cavaliers, given the game could be closer than we’d normally expect. I also mentioned Carmelo Anthony ($5,000) in my values piece earlier. I think if Dame sits, great, more usage for Melo. If Dame returns, Melo would still get usage because he’s Melo, that’s what he does. Plus, he’d be in line for more front court minutes with no Whiteside.