NBA Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers Can Rely On J.J. Hickson Doing Just About Everything

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Hickson and his Portland Trail Blazers teammates realize they can’t afford too many more losses if they’re going to make the NBA playoffs. That factor makes Portland’s trip Sunday night at the Oklahoma City Thunder even more huge and challenging.

But Hickson and his teammates have defeated the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks their last two games on the road and don’t seem to fear anyone at this stage of the season. It would be very easy to be intimidated playing at the Thunder, but Hickson and his teammates are playing so well that a win in Oklahoma City wouldn’t be a shocker.

Hickson, averaging 13.1 points and 10.8 rebounds a game, remains a steady part of the attack. He has played in 68 of the Trail Blazers 69 games and started each one while averaging 29.5 minutes per contest. Hickson saw 28 minutes of time against the Hawks, and shot 6-of-10 from the floor totaling 15 points while bringing down 10 rebounds.

But it was against the Bulls when Hickson was at his very best. He decided to work the boards that night and came up big with 18 defensive and 21 total rebounds. He was 4 -of-7 from the floor for nine points. It was a key win for the Blazers, but every win is critical right now.

He continues to shoot very well from the floor at 56.4 percent. Hickson has been the Blazers most reliable shooter all season. Now’s not the time for anyone on the Blazers to have an off night. It certainly doesn’t look like Hickson plans on having one.