How Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum make imperfect pairing work for Trail Blazers

Part of this is how good each star guard is with control of the offense. As good as McCollum is off the ball, he is also great as the primary ball handler, and failing to use that skill would simply be a waste. When you factor in Turner — who’s played in 480 of the 1,046 minutes Lillard and McCollum have shared — is a ball-dominant player as well.

But that isn’t always a bad thing.

While McCollum is still waiting to make an All-Star Game, he’s the best teammate Lillard has, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So when news reports come out about Lillard’s reported desire to discuss big-picture goals with the man at the top of the organizational chart, it’s fair to assume that part of that direction includes McCollum.

The pair isn’t a statistical punch in the gut to the rest of the league, but each guy does that individually. Together, they may not be the best fit, but they’ve made it work with what they have.

And when it’s on, it’s a lot of fun.

This isn’t the first time jokes have been made about Durant joining the Warriors — former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a good-natured dig at him at the 2017 ESPYs, for example — but it’s good to see him having fun with the whole situation.

Then there’s the “#1 pick” homage — an obvious reference to the fact Durant was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 draft. And the “I’m coming for you Stephen” brings the whole thing home nicely, especially when remembering how Curry hit the deck in last year’s game.

Can it be Feb. 18 yet?

The Ducks went up 1-0 1:24 into the game on Henrique’s 20th goal. With Tom Wilson in the penalty box for interference, Henrique scored on a wrist shot from the slot.

Rakell and Getzlaf had assists on the Ducks’ fifth power-play goal in their last eight games.