In what the Portland Traiblazers are calling a “clerical error,” C.J. McCollum, the team’s 2nd-leading scorer, lost an opportunity to expand on his surge of a season.
Its quite an embarrassing moment for the Trail Blazers and head coach Terry Stotts, who admitted he was at fault for why McCollum was left out of the game.
McCollum was marked as inactive, though he was anything but that. The team argued that it was a mistake, and the Clippers retaliated, making the final call one that ultimately left C.J. on the bench.
“I signed the paper without really noticing it,” Blazers Coach Terry Stotts said after the game. “It’s my fault for not looking at it, although we caught the error, we thought we’d caught it in time, apparently we did not, so C.J. was ruled inactive, and that’s that.”
Both teams were pretty confused on the error, although the Clippers had been on the opposite end of the same situation before, and knew that the rules are the rules.
“We were trying to figure out what the heck,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We knew you couldn’t change the rule, because it happened to us. But it’s not on us to do that. That’s all on them.”
McCollum acknowledged the mistake, and noted that although its unfortunate, his only focus is the on next game.
C.J. currently averages 21 ppg this season and entered the game Wednesday at 6th in the NBA with 89 3-pointers. He was replaced by Allen Crabbe in the starting lineup who only tallied 11 points in his place.
Quotes & Stats via ESPN reports.
Photo via @officalblazergang (Instagram)
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