Portland Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum suspended for season opener

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM
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Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum has been suspended for the regular-season opener after leaving the bench during an altercation in Wednesday's preseason game, the league announced Saturday.

McCollum, 26, was given a one-game ban for the incident that occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of Portland's 113-104 preseason win against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

McCollum left the bench area when Portland's Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix's Alex Len got into a shoving match. Both Swanigan and Len were ejected.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound McCollum averaged a career-best 23.0 points last season, his fourth with the Blazers since being a first-round pick (10th overall) in 2013 out of Lehigh.

The Trail Blazers open their regular season next Wednesday night at Phoenix.

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