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Orioles draftee Connaughton's strong NBA opener, promise for more minutes, cloud baseball future

Orioles draftee Connaughton's strong NBA opener, promise for more minutes, cloud baseball future

The Orioles still believe that 2014 fourth-round draft pick Pat Connaughton has more promise throwing fastballs than shooting 3-pointers, but Connaughton’s performance in the Portland Trail Blazers’ regular-season opener Wednesday night proved that his NBA career still has life.

Connaughton, 24, opened his third NBA season by scoring a career-high 24 points in Portland’s 124-76 blowout victory over the Phoenix Suns, making nine of 14 shots, including four of seven from 3-point range while playing 32 minutes.

It was unquestionably the best game of Connaughton’s NBA career. And even though it came with starting shooting guard CJ McCollum unavailable serving a one-game...

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