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CJ McCollum on load management for the Blazers next season: "I don't know if we can afford to 'Kawhi it,' so to speak."

CJ McCollum & Kawhi (1)

Load management became a very popular term in the NBA in recent years, and more teams are doing everything they can to save their best players for the playoffs. There is a lot of controversies when it comes to load management because there are certain players who are putting pressure on their teams to sit out some games, while on the other hand, some teams used it as a strategy to reduce injuries and increse resting time for their star players.

Portland Trailblazers are a team that is definitely not interested in load management, simply because they believe they can't afford it. According to to an Oregonian story , CJ McCollum believes the western conference is way too competitive this season and there is no room to rest players which would lead to losing games.

"The race in the Western Conference is extremely tight. I don't know if we can afford to 'Kawhi it,' so to speak. You'll Kawhi your way out of the playoffs."

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McCollum's back-court teammate Damian Lillard thinks the Blazers don't have the luxury to sit out their players on some nights and admits they are not a superteam in the NBA.

"We're not some big superteam. So I don't think we have the luxury to sit out, especially with how competitive the West is going to be."

McCollum and Lillard are aware the western conference is extremely competitive this year and in order for them to actually have a great regular-season record, all the main players which include both of them need to perform at their best. The Blazers made the western conference last year but feel short to the Warriors who completely outplayed them in four games. This year, they are looking to repeat the success they had last year, however, load management is something they will definitely avoid, which is good news for all the Blazers fans.

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