CJ McCollum Says 'They Can't F--king Guard Me' After Clutch Shot on Ja Morant

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 15, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum reacts to a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum schooled Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant on what it's like to play defense in an elimination game in a 126-122 victory Saturday.

During the Western Conference play-in game, McCollom repeatedly crossed up Morant in the fourth quarter, culminating with the guard taunting his opponent after hitting a jump shot with less than two minutes to play.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

CJ TOOK OVER IN THE 4TH 🔥 Finished with 29 PTS as the Blazers lock up the 8th seed https://t.co/axLbRTHkZk

Royce Young @royceyoung

C.J. McCollum, asked by @CHold about saying, "They can't guard me" after his step-back 3: https://t.co/ZewTCODinf

That McCollum was able to get on the court at all—let alone dominate—was an incredible feat. The 28-year-old is reportedly dealing with a fracture in his lower back after suffering the injury early on in the league's restart, per NBC Sports Northwest's Dwight Jaynes.

Still, the veteran helped the Blazers clinch the No. 8 seed Saturday with 29 points while going 11-of-19 from the field.

Morant (35 points) likely won't forget a few of those buckets anytime soon.