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CJ McCollum's struggle in last 2 crucial games raises concerns

Published April 21, 2024 at 12:03
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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McCollum's underwhelming performance of just 16 points in both Play-In games contrasts with the Pelicans' advancement to the playoffs. However, his recent regular-season form, averaging 25.9 points on 47.4% shooting over 16 games, suggests a potential rebound. In Friday's victory against the Kings, McCollum contributed seven points along with other stats in 36 minutes.

Yet, despite McCollum's potential, the Pelicans face challenges, particularly with Zion Williamson sidelined. The team may lean heavily on Brandon Ingram for perimeter scoring, leveraging his length against opponents.

McCollum, on the other hand, faces tough matchups against Thunder defenders. In crucial moments, his efficiency waned, raising concerns, especially given the Pelicans' underdog status against the Thunder. As they progress into the playoffs, McCollum's ability to regain form will be pivotal for the Pelicans' success.

CJ showcased excellence in the two weeks leading up to the play-in tournament, scoring at least 25 points in seven consecutive games during the NBA's final weeks. However, his recent performance paints a different picture. Currently, he appears noticeably absent on the court, with even Jose Alvarado earning more playing time and making a greater defensive impact—a crucial factor in these crucial games. While McCollum's return to his previous form is anticipated, his current on-court presence leaves much to be desired.


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